Adele was going to sponsor her nephew’s nursing studies. Her nephew presently lived in Zimbabwe but had been accepted on a course in Poland.
To be able to attend the course, her nephew would need a student visa for Poland and that meant travelling to South Africa. The Polish authorities required that a letter of financial support be submitted with the visa application.
Adele asked for my assistance in preparing a declaration of support. This was a very involved document that made reference to her financial status by reference to six months’ of bank statements that had been certified by her bank as having been issued by that bank, current employment (evidenced by a letter from her employer) and her payslips; this particular sponsorship letter also included a deed of her change of name.
Once my notarial certificate was ready, I arranged for the document to receive an apostille and to be delivered by DHL to her nephew’s address in Zimbabwe, in time to meet his appointment at the Polish embassy.
After you agree to instruct me, I can provide you with a template to complete.
The receiving authority should provide you with a list of documentary requirements that are needed to support the visa application. As in my case study, for most visas, you are likely to require: bank statements, a letter from your employer confirming your employment status and pay slips.
Whether an online print out is sufficient may depend on what is said in the instructions published by the visa authority. Some people choose to go to the bank and obtain paper statements that bear a stamp of issue by the bank in question. If you want to rely on online statements, I will ask you to show me the statements within your online account and to email those to me. You will then be able to make reference to them in a statutory declaration that I will help you prepare and they will form part of the notarial certificate bundle that I create for you.
If you email me all your documents before you come to meet me, I will prepare a notarial certificate bundle ready for you to sign when you arrive. That means our appointment will take between half an hour and 40 minutes because I will have done the work ahead of time.
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