So here's my issue. I am currently in a relationship with a girl in Germany and I am from Egypt. I have tried to apply for a visa to visit her with an informal invitation and stating all her details; however, I got refused because they thought that I have no intention of returning to my country despite providing them with an HR letter from my workplace that clearly states that I am coming back to Egypt to resume my job and a relatively big bank account and a return flight.
My colleagues advised that I should never apply to go meet someone in Germany unless she's my wife. They also said to go apply for France embassy instead and not to mention anything about visiting my girlfriend and apply for a normal tourist visa. I then applied for France and my papers were very solid and convincing, but the problem was that I am traveling alone. I received a phone call from the French consulate and they questioned my intentions of traveling alone and so forth and basically called me out on my bullshit. They also had a record of my rejection from the German Embassy.
At this point I am a bit frustrated because I feel like if you tell them the truth they won't accept you and if you lie to them, it's the same result. How am I supposed to go on about this when the result is always the same whatever you do, I need help. I applied 3 times in total at the moment (2x German Embassy and 1x French Embassy) and all of them were rejected for pretty much the same reason(s). It's very frustrating how strict they are even when you present the best papers to them. I didn't even get a chance to do an interview or anything.
What should I do?