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K3 Visa Process

The importance of family cannot be overemphasized. However, most people do not realize or admit it until they are stuck on the other part of the world and have to pay the much-needed price of the K3 visa process in order to see their ‘other-half’

But this article is hardly about the melancholic realization that you under-value your family; it will  provide you with valuable insights to waddle through the K3 visa process.

What is a K3 Visa?

A K3 visa is a US spouse visa that allows visa applicants to enter and reside in the U.S. as non-immigrants until they obtain their immigrant visa. Rather than waiting abroad for the immigrant processing, and entering the U.S as an immigrant, the K3 visa entitles spouses of U.S citizen or immigrants to enter as a non-immigrant.

The purpose of this visa is to lessen likely-hood of an elongated separation between a US citizen/ or permanent resident and their foreign based spouse.

What Kind of ‘Spouse’ is Eligible for the K3?

Only spouses recognized by American law are considered eligible for a K3 visa. According to US immigration laws, same-sex spouses of U.S citizens and lawful permanent residents are now eligible for the immigration benefits that the K3 visa entitles.

While common law spouses may be considered recognized, merely living together does not qualify a marriage for immigration, and in the case of polygamy, only the first spouse is considered eligible.

Quite simply, the K3 visa is for the foreign based spouse of a United States citizen, or a green card holding resident and immigrant. To be granted this visa, the foreign citizen who marries a U.S citizen outside the U.S. must apply for the K3 visa in the country where the marriage took place.

Requirements to Commence the K3 Visa Process

For the most part, the significant part of the K3 visa process is documentation. So besides having a one-half of your ‘couple’ a US citizen or legal permanent resident, you need a few documents and forms with which to begin the K3 visa process. They include –

  • Civil documents, including – Birth certificate, Marriage certificate (to your current spouse), divorce or death certificate, and police certificates.
  • Valid passport
  • Medical examination report.
  • A completed nonimmigrant visa application – otherwise called a Form DS-160.
  • Evidence of relationship with the U.S. citizen spouse
  • Two 2×2 photographs
  • Proof of financial solvency
  • Evidence of payment of visa fees.

The K3 Visa Process

In order to proceed, take some time to study the international marriage broker regulation act of 2005 (IMBRA) and learn its requirements,

Step one:

The K3 visa process often begins with filing the petitions required. To begin with, the U.S citizen spouse must file a Form 1-130 on behalf of their non-citizen spouse. Submit the form with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Step two:

In exchange for the Form 1-130, the petitioning spouse would receive a form I-797, which indicates that the USCIS (U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services)  has received the petition.

Step three:

Next, proceed to file a Form I-129F , known as the petition for Alien fiancé(e) for the foreign spouse and children (where applies).

After reviewing the petitions, they will be sent to the National Visa Processing Center (NVC) by the USCIS.

If both petitions are approved by the USCIS and sent to the NVC, or if the I-I30 is approved before being sent to the NVC, then the petitioning couple automatically has no need for a K3 visa. On the other hand, if the NVC receives the approved I-I29F (which is often the case) then step four commences

Step four:

The NVC sends your I-129F form to the U.S embassy or consulate in the country where the marriage was held, or to a consulate that normally processes visas for that country – in countries where there are no US embassies.

Step Five

Some embassies will provide additional instructions on medical examinations, and requirements for the visa interview. This may include where to go for the required medical examination and whether or not your application requires additional administrative processing after your scheduled visa interview with the consular officer.

K3 Visa Process Timing

While the time taken to complete the K3 visa process varies, the I-I29F is valid for four months, in which time, the processing may either be completed or the validity of the petition extended by the consular officer.

Ultimately, the length of time varies from case to case, according to circumstances.

Wading Through the K3 Visa Process Stress-Free

The major challenge experienced by k3 visa applicants is delayed, often because of not obeying instructions, or supplying incomplete information – or even lying to the consulate officer, in the hopes that it would improve your chances at obtaining a visa. All of these are quite contrary to the reality.

Serious about getting that K3? Well, here are a few foolproof tips –

  • Gather Necessary Documentation

This should include copies of filed documents and other original documents requested in your interview appointment letter.

  1. Official Documents

  • An Affidavit of support form is required an accompanying documentation to obtain a US visa – this is otherwise known as the US visa sponsor form and can be downloaded on the US immigration website.
  • A Letter of Invitation  to the family member(s); this should include the length of the visit as well as its purpose
  • A Letter to US Consulate is also required and this should request that visa be granted to the family member.
  1. Financial Documents ( Which are meant to demonstrate your financial ability to host said family member)
  • Bank statements: At least your latest two bank statements.
  • Bank account verification letter:  This would prove the state of your bank account and bank balance.
  • A copy of a few recent income tax returns

 

  • Evidence of Your Residency Status In USA
  • A Copy of passport.
  • Your letter of employment (if the sponsor is an employee in USA).
  • If you are a Visa holder; Copies of your – Visa and approval Form. (If visa has expired but has a renewed petition, a photocopy of the renewed petition would be necessary as well)
  • If you are a Green Card Holder; A Copy of Green Card front and back.
  • If you are a USA citizen; A Copy of certificate of citizenship.

 

  • Prepare for your K3 Interview

Review your questions with your partner if necessary. There may be no need to memorize your answers, but you certainly need to be familiar with them.

  • Be Honest

Nothing ruins your chances at getting your K3 visa like providing untruthful information. False information may even go further and ruin any future chances . Not to mention, the throng of legal actions that often follows will be quite frustrating to handle.

Benefits of the K3 Visa

There are many benefits of a K3 visa. For instance, after admission into the United States, K-3 non-immigrants may choose to apply to adjust their status to a permanent resident at any time. They may also choose to obtain employment authorization. To obtain evidence of eligibility to work legally in the United States they only need to file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. After filing an application for adjustment of status, K-3 nonimmigrant visa holders may also apply for employment authorization based on that pending application even if the K-3 nonimmigrant status expires.

 

Limitations of the K3 Visa

When the K-3’s I-130 reaches the Department of State; an immigrant visa is immediately available to him or her such that he or she and his or her children are no longer eligible for K-3/K-4 nonimmigrant status; but rather must immigrate as lawful permanent residents.  If the K-4 does not have an approved I-130 at the Department of State at that time; he or she will be ineligible to immigrate with the spouse of the USC.

The Department of Homeland Security only admits K-3 nonimmigrant visas holders for a 2-year period.  Afterwards, K-3 nonimmigrant visa holders may apply to USCIS for an extension of status in 2-year increments; as long as the marriage-based petition or a corresponding application  is still pending.

Finally?

 

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Partner Visa (How To Bring My Spouse To Live With Me In Australia)

Every year, thousands of people join the throng of already existing hopefuls that wish to reunite with their spouse in various parts of the world. For Australia, it is no different – in fact, it seems as though their unofficial ‘planning level’ that often restricts the number of applications processed per year makes the number of hopefuls at the beginning of each year even more than they were in the previous year. They all have the same struggle – obtain a partner visa.

Processing an Australian partner visa can be a daunting task. From the complexities of the paperwork to costs and lengthy processing times, there is no end to what you are bound to face when in pursuit of an Australian partner visa.

Your best bet? Equip yourself with all you need to make the visa happen – one of which is the knowledge of how things operate.

What is a Partner Visa?

A partner visa is a document that allows a partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, permanent citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen to migrate to, and live in Australia indefinitely.

Thus, to be eligible for an Australian partner visa, you must at least 17 years of age (or 16 in the states that apply) and you must either be married to or be in a de facto relationship with an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen.

(Take note that the de facto relationship must be at least 12 months old.)

Partner Visa Categories (Which Partner Visa is Right for Me?)

The case is not ‘one-size-fits-all’ with Australian partner visas; the available partner visa options may vary depending on your circumstances.

There are three main visa options available; but ultimately, their processing and requirements are quite similar. They include;

Option 1: Temporary Partner Visa (Subclass 820) and Permanent Visa (Subclass 801)

This visa applies to those who are applying WITHIN Australia and have a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand resident.

Thus, both the Subclass 820 and 801 perform the same function, but on the 820, you can live in Australia temporarily until a decision is made on your permanent visa 801.

Option 2: Partner Provisional Visa (Subclass 309) and Permanent Visa (Subclass 100)

The option two category is suitable for those who are applying OUTSIDE Australia and have a spouse or de facto partner who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand resident, or they intend to marry before a decision is made on the partner visa application.

Again, both the Subclass 309 and 100 perform the same function, but on the 309, you can live in Australia temporarily until a decision is made on your permanent visa 100.

Option 3: Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300)

This visa is for those applying outside Australia, who will travel to Australia to marry an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand resident with the visa.

How to Bring My Spouse to Live With Me in Australia

If your concern is bringing your spouse into Australia to reside with you, then clearly your concern should be for option 2; the Partner provisional visa and permanent visa subclasses 309 and 100. This article will focus on exactly that.

What You Should Know About Bringing Your Spouse into Australia

Obtaining a permanent visa for your spouse to live in Australia with you is a two step process. The visa of interest, in this case, is a Permanent Migrant visa (subclass 100), but to obtain it, you will first be granted a temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309).

All you need do is to apply for both visas at the same time, and when you are granted the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309), you will automatically be eligible for the Permanent Migrant visa (subclass 100).

If you have been in a long term relationship, however, your permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100) will be granted immediately after the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309).

Applying for a Partner Visa (Subclass 309 &100) In Steps –

Step 1: Gather Documents

The following documents are required to process your application for the temporary Partner (Provisional) visa (subclass 309) and permanent Partner (Migrant) visa (subclass 100).

Documents from the Applicant

  1. Identity documents including:

  • A birth certificate showing the names of both parents
  • Identification pages of a family book showing the names of both parents
  • The identification pages of an identification document issued by the government, identification pages of a court-issued document that proves your identity,
  • Identification pages of a family census register,
  • The page of your current passport showing your photo, personal details and passport issue and expiry dates,
  • Two recent passport photographs (45 mm x 35 mm)
  • A national identity card, if you have one
  • And Proof of change of name, if applicable.

    2. Documents that prove your relationship with your spouse including

  • Two Forms 888 completed by two separate witnesses. (A form 888 is a Statutory declaration by a supporting witness about a Partner or a visa application)
  • A written statement about your relationship that describes details about where you met, how the relationship developed and the plans you have together
  • Documents that show that you share financial responsibilities with your spouse – eg mortgage documents or loan documents, including joint bank accounts and household bills
  • Records that indicate that others know your relationship, including joint invitations and proof of joint travel
  • Documents that demonstrate that you are committed to each other in the long run – eg. Terms of your will, letters to each other when you are apart,
  • Proof that you have been in the relationship 12 months before application or your marriage certificates, as well as evidence of registration of your relationship with relevant Australian authority (for de facto relationships)
  • If your relationship is not 12 months old, then provide compelling and compassionate reasons for applying for the visa before being in the relationship for 12 months.

 

  1. Documents about other relationships including

Former marriage certificates and separation documents that apply – including death certificates or statutory declarations.

 

  1. Health documents.

These will be provided by your doctor and sent directly to relevant authorities

 

  1. Character Documents including;

  • A completed form 80; a character assessment, completed by you.
  • Police certificates: if requested by the embassy.

Documents from the Australian based spouse/Partner:

  1. Form 40SP – if you are applying by paper instead of online;
  2. Identity Documents including Proof of your citizenship and eligibility as a New Zealand citizen which may be either: a birth certificate showing the names of both parents or the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details and passport issue and expiry dates. And also, A national identity card, if you have one. Include Provide proof of change of name, if applicable.
  3. Character Documents including police certificates and military service records/ discharge papers (if you have served in the army)

 

Step 2: Prepare Documents for Paper or Online Application

If you are applying online:

  • Translate all documents to English language
  • Scan and attach all documents to the online application
  • Send each document once, after ensuring that they are all certified.

 

If you are applying on paper:

  • Translate all documents to English language
  • Send original police certificates and English translations.
  • Send certified copies of all other documents (including non-English) – do not send the originals.

 

Step 3: Apply for the Visa online/on Paper

If you are applying online:

  • Create an online system ImmiAccount or log in if you already have one; When you are in ImmiAccount, select the New application and then select Family, then Stage 1 – Partner or Prospective Marriage Visa, then follow the prompt.
  • Pay for the online application via Paypal or credit card
  • Attach the documents required (only 60 documents allowed at 5mb each. If you surpass this limit, attach the rest to the spouse/partner application) – attach only when the ImmiAccount tells you to
  • Lodge the form online using the transaction number received from your Australian based spouse/partner

If you are applying on paper:

  • Download and complete the application for migration; form 47SP
  • Send the form along with the 40SP along with the 47SP and your documents, your sponsor’s documents and the correct application fee to your closest immigration office.

Step 4: Wait for your Temporary visa (309) & Provide additional documents

You may need to provide biometrics or get health checks in addition to the other documents.

Make sure to inform authorities if there are changes in address or telephone number, if you made a mistake on your application,  you need to provide more information, or you want to withdraw your application; and also if you would like to include children, etc.

Step 5: Travel Into Australia on Your Temporary Visa

With the temporary visa (309), you will  travel into Austrailia and live with your spouse temporarily before you get the permanent visa . Do well to inform authorities if the relationship with your partner has not continued; you might still be eligible for a permanent visa. Contact them for writing, and all information provided will remain confidential.

Step 6: Send additional documents for the permanent visa(100)

Your permanent Partner visa cannot be granted until two years have passed from the day you applied for that visa. We will begin assessing your application after that date.

You will need to provide evidence to show that you and your sponsor continue to be in a spouse or de facto partner relationship since you got the temporary Partner visa. The evidence you provide must show that you continue to have a genuine and continuing relationship, live together or not live separately and apart on a permanent basis and have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others.

Additional documents required after two years of residing in Australia include

  • A National Police Certificate (NPC) from the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
  • An overseas penal certificate for any country which you have lived cumulatively for 12 months or  more since the grant of the temporary partner visa (UK820 )
  • A copy of personal details pages (include page with signature) of your most recent passport

held for each applicant included in the application

  • A copy of personal details pages (include page with signature) of the sponsor’s most recent passport held or an Australian driver’s license from any State or Territory of Australia
  • statutory Declarations
  • Two Statutory Declarations by a supporting witness relating to a partner visa application
  • Evidence to demonstrate that your relationship is genuine and continuing since the grant of your temporary partner visa
  • Acknowledgement letter – completed with your name and address

 

Take note that these are requirements from both the applicant and the Australian based spouse. Download the checklist here

 

Subsequently, you may either send the documents online or by post.

Partner Visa Australia Cost

Cost of partner visa is from AUD 7,000 upwards. They are the most expensive in the world and known as  ‘love tax,’; because it is a fee that people are willing to pay to stay with their partner.

Besides this fee, you also have to factor in health examinations, police checks are migration agent or lawyer’s fees, which would be about $3,000 to $5,000 for a partner visa application.

Partner Visa Processing Time

Temporary visa – between 18 to 21 months

Permanent visa – from 19 to 24 months.

Between both the time spent and money required; it is important that you try as much as you can to do it right the first time around. Because even minor mistakes can become very costly down the track; so feel free to read and re-read this guide. Because you never know what you might catch on to the second or third time around.

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UK Spouse Visa

So, you need a UK spouse visa and you’ve have even attempted navigating the UK government website. If this is your current situation, then you will probably agree that getting around to finding the information you need to suit your specific circumstance can be a bit of a hassle. The challenge isn’t restricted to information on UK spouse visa alone, and you certainly aren’t alone in your confusion.

This article will provide you with sufficient information on the subject. From the documents required for processing to financial requirements and processing time. And considering the UK authorities do not provide phone support to answer any of your questions – you’ll find the information revealed in the article quite valuable. For this, you would not need an invitation letter

First –

What is a UK Spouse Visa

Otherwise known as the Settlement Visa, a UK spouse visa is a type of visa suitable for a spouse or legally recognized civil partner of a citizen or legal permanent resident of the UK. Thus, individuals are only eligible to apply for a UK spouse visa if their UK based spouse is either a citizen or is permanently resident in the UK, such that they have no time limit on their Visa

 

Spouse Visa UK requirements 2017

Although there are rarely dramatic changes in the requirements for a UK spouse visa; a few tweaks are made every now and then. So, it is important that you look for the most updated list of requirements and make a checklist of sorts with them. You certainly don’t want to get denied a visa on the basis of something you didn’t even know was a requirement.

In this light, there are a few requirement categories to consider; they include those listed below; bear in mind however, that a few of the requirements are subjective and require proof to demonstrate that your suitability for the visa

  • Relationship Requirements

In order to be considered for a UK spouse visa you must be married to, or in a civil relationship with a citizen or legal permanent resident of the UK. And the union must be recognized according to UK laws. You must also intend to live as husband/wife or partners subsequent to your arrival in the UK.

Overall, the couple must each be at least 18 years old and must have substantiated evidence of the genuineness of the relationship.

  • UK Spouse Visa Application Form

To access a UK spouse visa application form, you have two options –

Go to the UK government site, and on this page select from the list of UK visa, immigration and citizenship application forms the form that applies to your situation.

The UK spouse visa application form (as well as other forms related to processing) can be found under Forms for a visa to come to the UK and Forms for application to settle. However this option is most suitable for people who cannot apply online and want to go to the UK

A second option would be to apply online via the new UK visas & Immigration website. This would require that you sign up to the Visa4UK system and online application forms. It will also enable you to view previous applications. At the time of writing this however, the new UK application website was still

 

  • UK Spouse Visa Document Checklist

The documents listed below are the main documents for UK spouse visa processing. However, the requirements may vary depending on circumstance or nationality of the applicant.

  • The complete visa application – either the VAF4A form or online submission
  • Travel passports – with at least one blank page, and 6 months before expiry
  • A passport sized photograph
  • Evidence that the applicants meets the English-language requirements
  • Documentation that validates the spouse residency status in the UK – including their visa or citizenship status.
  • Information about your finances – including stamped bank statements, pay slips, tax returns etc. (see spouse visa UK financial requirements
  • Details of the UK accommodation where you will both be living and its suitability for more than one.
  • Full-health examination results. These may also include results for specific tests for diseases local to your country.

 Spouse Visa UK Financial Requirements

Take note that the spouse visa UK financial requirements are subject to alteration, and are often revised. Nonetheless, this should provide insight to what the expectations would be –

More often, it is the UK spouse whose savings and/or employment is under scrutiny, because it is most relevant to UK spouse visa applications. However there are instances where the sponsor’s income abroad can be relied upon, especially if the applicant is also in employment in the UK or if the applicant has access to savings in excess of £16,000 which can be combined with the eligible earnings to meet the financial requirement. In this case applicant’s finances may also be considered

 

  • According to immigration rules, the minimum income that must be met by the UK based spouse, sufficient to cater for the needs of the incoming partner is a gross annual salary of at least £18,600. The income may be the result of salary or self employment, pension of either the applicant or the UK based spouse, benefits or other specified income sources of either of the spouse. In the absence of a salary-employment that totals £18,600 in earnings per year, they must present Cash savings of at least £16,000 held for six months combined with the income from salary employment, and a cash savings of £62,500 where there is no income at all.

 

  • If you are applying from within the UK,

    You may be able to obtain Spouse/Marriage visa without having to meet the financial requirement. You will, however, need demonstrate that there are insurmountable obstacles to your return to your country of origin with your partner. If successful, you will be put on a ten (10) year route to settlement requiring an extension of stay every two and a half (2.5) years. The amounts required to meet the financial requirement are;

    Applicant alone £18,600
    1 child in addition to applicant £22,400
    2 children in addition to applicant £24,800
    3 children in addition to applicant £27,200
    An increase of £2,400 for each additional child.

 

  • On the occasion that the applicant wants to relocate with children

The financial requirements are of course influenced greatly. The amounts required are thus –take note that for the applicant alone financial requirement is £18,600
1 child in addition to applicant £22,400
2 children in addition to applicant £24,800
3 children in addition to applicant £27,200
An increase of £2,400 for each additional child

 

  • In addition to monetary requirements, the applicant also must demonstrate that the UK based spouse  can provide adequate accommodation without resulting to public funds, taking into consideration that the said accommodation must not breach health regulations and will not result in overcrowding if the applicant is granted the visa. One room will be sufficient for use of both the applicant and UK based spouse, that is – given that there are no children involved. If there are however, the children will also need to be accommodated adequately in compliance with the applicable regulations. Notwithstanding, even a living room will suffice for applicant and their UK based spouse.

 

Exemption from Financial Requirements

If the applicant or UK based is receiving a disability allowance, or a specific severe disablement allowance, Industrial injury benefit, Attendance allowance, Carer’s allowance, Police Injury Pension; then the financial requirement may be waived. The couple, however, will have to provide specified evidence that the settled partner is able to maintain and accommodate themselves.

 

  • Spouse Visa UK Fees

Currently, family and spouse visas cost £1,195 and the fee for Adult Dependant Relatives is up to £2,676. The fee for a settlement application within the UK  is also £1,875

 

Spouse Visa UK Processing Time

The average processing time for a spouse visa application is 2 – 12 weeks from the date the submission is made. Processing times vary depending on the country where the application is made

 

Apply To Join Family Living Permanently In The UK

If you want to relocate to live with your family in the United Kingdom you can apply to ‘Join Family Living Permanently in the UK.  Applicants can apply to Join Family Living Permanently in the UK if their family member is a British citizen, settled in the United Kingdom permanently or has humanitarian protection or asylum in the United Kingdom.  If their family member meets the aforementioned requirements, applicants need to meet the following eligibility requirements to secure a Join Family Living Permanently in the UK:

  • Age 18 and over, unless they are a child
  • The relationship to the family member should be recognized in the country such as a legal marriage license from their country
  • They want to live with partner or family member in the UK after they apply, unless they are a parent who has contact with their child
  • Their family member can offer them with adequate accommodation to reside in the UK
  • They can speak, write, and understand English, unless they are an adult dependent family member or under 18:

To be eligible for a “family of a settled person” visa, applicants must live outside of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Furthermore, the Home Office may reject an applicant’s application based on a criminal record in either the United Kingdom or another nation and incorrect or incomplete information.

Applicants will need to submit the following documents:

  • Valid passport or travel documentation
  • Old passports
  • Evidence of relationship status with the person they will be joining in the UK
  • Evidence they can meet the maintenance or financial requirement
  • Proof they can understand, speak, and read English, if they are 18 or older, unless they are an adult dependent family member
  • Tuberculosis test results if they belong to a country where taking the test is mandatory

Finally

it is often advised that you seek the counsel of a legal adviser or at least their or initial assessment to determine your eligibility. They are best positioned to look into your matter in detail and explore all the possible options so that you can avoid repeated disappointments.

One of the most frequently made assumptions for instance is that provided you have a spouse in the US you are eligible for a ‘spouse visa’; in reality however – the visa obtainable is dependent on the spouse circumstances in the UK

Thus, if your spouse in the UK is  either British or naturalized, a ‘settled person’ in the UK with indefinite leave to remain or you both were married in the UK and intend to live there; the appropriate visa is considered a ‘Family of a settled person’ visa.

If however, the spouse is a EEA national living in the UK and you aren’t from the EEA then the visa is required is an ‘EEA family permit’

On the other hand, if the spouse has refugee status or humanitarian protection the a Family Renuion visa is appropriate

And if the spouse has a Tier 2 visa then you are supposed to apply as the dependant of a Tier 2 (General) visa holder.

And if the spouse has a Tier 4 student visa then you should apply as a dependant of a Tier 4 visa holder.

Ultimately, a wrong choice or misinterpretation might be the difference between getting a visa or being denied one.

Truth is, there are no assurances. Provided you’re willing to try and try again you will certainly achieve success – even in the longer run. And if all else fails – well, at least home is where the heart is.

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Documents Needed to Invite Someone To The UK

In order to invite a person to the UK, there are a few requirements that must be filled on your part (as the sponsor) and on the part of the invite (the person being invited).

Reasons to request this visa include;

  • For leisure, or on a vacation for sightseeing and to visit family and friends
  • or, to conduct business or to participate in creative national events
  • Additionally, for other reasons – including medical and psychological

Typically, the online application form will give you the guidance you need, and the requirements vary with the purpose of the visit and your relationship with the guest; but here are a few things you should keep in mind nonetheless –

Document 1: Valid ID documents

These may include your national passport and/or driver’s license to show that you are a national of the UK or you are eligible to invite people in to invite people into the UK.

Document 2:  Proof of Your Relationship

Depending on your relationship with the guest, you may have to provide proof that you have a genuine relationship. This could simply be a letter that explains the details of your relationship including – where and how you met, how often you communicate and the medium of communication you use.

If your guest is a parent or sibling; this may not be necessary, an invitation letter and your birth certificate may suffice. Also if the guest is being invited by your company; a simple customized invitation letter is enough evidence

Document 3: Proof of Solvency (that you are buoyant enough to host your guest)

Whether the visitor’s expenses will be covered by them or you, you will have to provide proof that trip can be afforded. The proof, in this case, would be bank statements and /or pay slips

Document 4: Confirmation of your legal residence

This will include details of your current address, and an indication that the visitor will (or won’t be ) residing in your house for the length of their trip.

You may also be required to provide evidence of your rent or mortgage etc.

Document(s)  5:

  • If you are a Student – Documents from your education provider that prove your admission into said institution

Or

  • However, If Self Employed – Documents That Validate Your Business

Or

  • Also, If employed by a company – Confirmation of Employment from Employer:

 

Ultimately, the documents required are dependent on the purpose of the visit.

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Documents Required For Canadian Visitor Visa

A Canadian visitor visa is also regarded as a Temporary Resident Visa(TRV) and is exclusively for individuals who intend to visit Canada for business or pleasure.

The first step to take is to determine whether you need a visa, and then verify your eligibility to apply for one, once it has been established that you need a visa.

Subsequently, you may choose to either apply for the Canadian Visitor Visa online or on paper, in which case, the documents required for Canadian visitor visa are as follows;

For Applicants Outside Canada

In order to apply for a temporary resident visa from outside Canada, applicants should use the IMM 5484 check list, which is one of the forms you need to submit your application; but also lists all the other forms and documents you need. They are as follows;

Forms Required:

  • Application For Temporary Visa Form, which should be completed online and validated
  • Family Information Form which should be filled by those aged 18 or older
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union Form.
  • The Use of a Representative form (only if you require the services of a representative)
  • Authority to Release Personal Information To a Designated Individual Form (if you permit that information from your case file be released to anyone but yourself)

Documents Required:

  • A photocopy of the information page of your valid passport or travel documents which show the following;
  1. Your passport number
  2.  In addition, The issuance and expiry date of your passport.
  3. Finally, Your passport photo, name, date, and place of birth
  • Two photos that meet the requirements of the Visa application photographs specifications on the back of which you will indicate your name and date of birth.
  • Proof of financial support; or proof your sponsor’s solvency and ability to guarantee payment of your expenses.
  • Photocopy of your marriage license or certificate
  • In addition, Purpose of travel/ invitation letter
  • Also, Photocopy of your current immigration status
  • Custody documents or letter of authorization from non-accompanying parents or letter signed by both parents or legal guardians ( if you are a minor)
  • In addition, Depending on your country, some visa offices may require additional documents. To verify these requirements, you may need to consult this list

 

For Applicants Within Canada

Applicants that live within Canada should use the IMM 5721 checklist; which is one of the forms you need to submit your application; but also lists all the other forms and documents you need. They are as follows;

Forms Required

  • Application For Temporary Visa Form, which should be completed online and validated
  • Family Information Form which should be filled by those aged 18 or older
  • The Use of a Representative form (only if you require the services of a representative)
  • Authority to Release Personal Information To a Designated Individual Form.
  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union Form; if applicable

Documents Required

  • Proof of Payment
  • Valid passport
  • Two photos (on the back of which you should indicate your name and date of birth)
  • Photocopy of your current immigration document demonstrating your legal status in Canada
  • Photocopy of your Marriage License or Certificate (if applicable)
  • An additional empty prepaid Xpress post envelope from any Canada Post outlet
  • Proof of your current studies (if you are a student in Canada)
  • Proof of your current employment/ letter from your employer (if you are working in Canada)
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Fiance – K-1 Visa Process

When you have just gotten engaged, a few things happen. Sure the thrill of officially being in a couple is quite overwhelming; but you will soon realize that the next few months are going to be an unwinding road to married life. Worse, if your other half lives abroad. This is where a K-1 visa comes to play

If you’re looking to get married to your fiancé in the US and you are neither a US citizen or resident; what you should be both be looking to acquire is a K1 visa.

What is a K-1 Visa?

A K-1Visa is a known as a Fiancé visa and is issued to the fiancé or fiancée of a US citizen or resident; it permits them to travel to the United States to marry their intending partner.

While engagement to a U.S. citizen does not automatically guarantee the foreign fiancé/fiancée to a K-1 visa; a petition filed by the U.S. sponsor (citizen or resident) will be considered provided the partners meet all the requirements.

Provisions of the K-1 Visa

The K-1 visa permits the holder to enter the U.S and marry their U.S. citizen/resident partner within 90 days. Subsequently, the couple may file an Adjustment of Status claim to stay in the country; beyond the validity of the K-1 visa. More often, the visa applicant will get a two-year conditional green card. This gives them conditional permanent resident status. And if the marriage remains viable after two years; then they may request a 10-year nonconditional Green Card.  In the long run – US citizenship

Who is Eligible for a K-1 Visa?

A person who is engaged to be married to the United States Citizen or resident, and intend to solemnize their union within 90 days of entrance into the U.S.

This means that the couple must both be unmarried, or have any previous marriages annulled by divorce or death. Unless restricted by long-established customs; the couple must also have met in the last two years before beginning the process of filing for the K-1visa.

The K-1 Visa Process

Step 1: Filing The Petition

The Fiancé K1 Visa process begins with submitting a request to the USCIS to recognize a foreign individual as their intending spouse. In this case, the U.S. citizen or resident makes a claim.(The US Citizenship and Immigration Services).

To make this petition, the petitioner files the Form I-129F found on the USCIS website and produces proof of his/her relationship including verification that they have met with their fiancé/fiancée in the last two years.

After confirmation of the relationship, the USCIS forwards the approved Form I-129F DOS National Visa Center (NVC), which sends it to the embassy or consulate where the foreign fiancé/fiancée will apply for the K-1 visa, this is usually the consulate or embassy in the country that the person lives.

Step 2: Visa Application

The National Visa Center notifies the U.S. citizen/resident to inform the fiancé/fiancée to apply for the K-1 visa.

The applicant should submit documents to validate their application, including identity and civil documents proof of relationship and medical examinations, and the fiancé is will be invited to a consular interview in the US embassy in their country. If the relationship is bonafide, the K-I visa will be issued the applicant with a six month validity period and single entry limit.

 

How Long Until I Receive My K-1 Visa?

Unlike other visa categories, the pace of processing K-1 cannot be influenced by additional payment – like the other ‘premium’ options available when processing various visa categories.

However, the entire process spanning the initial filing of the petition with the USCIS to the transfer of the file to the consulate or embassy often takes an estimated six months. This does not include the process the application will undergo after arriving at the NVC.

To get exact information, peculiar to your location, use latest processing times at the Service Center serving your jurisdiction on the “USCIS Processing Time Information” page of the

Entry & Solemnization

After obtaining the K-1 visa, the foreign fiancé can enter the United States and marry the U.S. citizen who filed the I-129F petition. After the fiancé enters the United States, the marriage must take place within 90 days from the time of entry. However, if you plan to apply for a green card; so your solemnization early. So that you’ll have an opportunity to get the official marriage certificate; and also prepare your other paperwork for Adjustment of Status before the K-1 visa runs out.

A few More Tips To Improve Your Chances

The most critical part of processing a fiancé K-1 visa is perhaps the interview. The Interviewer may be the make or break point of acquiring the K-1; just remember not to try too hard

Also bear in mind that, whether or not it appears formal, the immigration officer is likely to ask you personal questions, but mostly about your relationship. You may also get a few questions concerning your intending spouse thrown at you; to test your knowledge of them and questions about what you have in common as a couple.

Overall, if you feel too overwhelmed at the prospect of navigating such a slow legal system; consider hiring an attorney  – if you can afford it.

 

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De Facto Visa

There are many  reasons why two people may choose to co-inhabit. For individuals in de facto relationships, these reasons are usually bordering along the lines of domestic purpose. For the purpose of Australian Family law, a de facto relationship is a close personal relationship between two adults. In this relationship, two adults care for and/or provide domestic support to each other.

A De facto visa becomes necessary when one individuals in the relationship chooses to invite their  partner to Australia. The invitee must be resident in Australia and capable of sponsoring the other party  on the basis of their partnership.

Applications for a de facto visa is only valid if the couple meets a few conditions. They would have to  demonstrate that they have been in a de facto relationship in which –

  • The couple in the de facto relationship; neither married nor related to each other by family.
  • They have a mutual commitment to a shared life together.
  • The couple are in a genuine and continuing relationship.
  • They live together or do not live separately and apart in a permanent basis.

The application for the de facto visa is a two step process. The process only commences after haven verified and confirmed your eligibility for the visa.

Eligibility Criteria for a De Facto Visa

  • You and your partner must be 18 years or older according to Australian law.
  • Your de facto partner must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen. ( Take note that you may still be eligible if the relationship breaks down subsequent to the application)
  • Your partner and sponsor must meet all required visa sponsorship requirements.
  • You meet all the health and character requirements of the de facto visa application process.
  • You haven’t already been refused a visa or had a visa cancelled while in Australia.

The Two Step Application Process

You may apply for a temporary partner visa which allows you travel into and stay in Australia. In the meanwhile, a permanent visa is being processed or a decision is made to reject the application for a permanent partner visa.

  • Applying for a Temporary Visa

    Gather the relevant documents required for the applications and prepare them adequately.

  • Applicant documents include: Identity documents, documents that prove the relationship with your partner; such as a statutory declaration by a supporting witness in relation to a partner or prospective marriage visa application. Documents about other relationships as well as health and character documents.
  • Sponsor documents include: Identity documents, character documents, relevant dependants documents.

             Applications (Online or On-paper)

  • To apply Online: Begin the application by creating an ImmiAccount (if you do not already have one). When done, log in and start the application. When in ImmiAccount, select new application, then prospective marriage visa. Lodge your sponsorship form online and your partner’s details. Subsequently, attach the required documents as required by the ImmiAccount.
  • To Apply On Paper: Complete the 47SP form. The form  is an application for migration by a partner. Subsequently, send the following to your closest immigration office; your visa application form, your sponsors completed application form, your documents, sponsors documents and the correct application fee. Also lodge your sponsorship form on paper. Then give the completed form as well as other relevant documents to your partner.

Wait For Decision on The Temporary Visa

  • Police certificates
  • Biometrics
  • Information on any other changes including the addition of children, or any information added to the application in error.

After the Temporary Visa Has Been Granted

When you arrive and begin residing with your de facto partner, you must;

  • Comply with Australian law and visa conditions.
  • Not get another visa. Otherwise the new visa will replace your temporary partner visa; and you will not be eligible for the permanent partner visa that follows
  • Inform relevant authorities of any changes to your circumstance.

 

  • Applying for a Permanent Partner Visa

In most cases, applications would be automatically granted 2 years after the application has been lodged. Thus, the application is made alongside the application for the temporary partner visa.

The process requires similar documentation and processing as the temporary partner visa. It will automatically materialize following the expiration of the temporary visa.

The permanent partner visa cannot be granted until two years after the date of the application; assessments may begin only after that date. Documentation is required to demonstrate that the de facto partner still wishes to sponsor your stay; but also that you have maintained and will continue to maintain a genuine and continuing relationship; and have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others.

A de facto visa may also be denied individuals without proof that their relationship fits the description required. To further validate the relationship; prior to the application for a de facto visa you may register the relation with relevant authorizes within your state. Currently however, only the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria have laws in place recognising de-facto relationships.

When submitting evidence to validate the de facto visa application process, the applicants must provide evidence of their relationship.

 

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Fiancé Visa Australia

A fiancé visa is regarded as a Prospective Marriage Visa in Australia. The prospective marriage visa or fiancé visa Australia is for individuals outside Australia. A Prospective marriage visa becomes necessary when one individuals in the relationship chooses to invite their  partner to Australia. The invitee must be resident in Australia and capable of sponsoring the other party  on the basis of their partnership.

The prospective marriage visa is a category of Australian partner visas that is a temporary fiancé visa. The visa is for unmarried partners wishing to migrate to Australia.

Eligibility Requirements of the Fiancé Visa Australia

The prospective marriage visa is exclusively demanded from individuals outside Australia. While the individuals can become engaged while they are they are both in Australia; the application for the visa can only be made while the applicant is off shore.

There is no onshore equivalent of the prospective marriage visa.

The applicant and/or their partner must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident with whom they are in a genuine relationship
  • Provide evidence that there are no impediments to marrying your intended spouse including the following;
  • That you are both free to marry
  • That you are of both marriageable age
  • Provide evidence that you have met in person and that you know each other.
  • Provide medical reports that you meet Australia’s health and character requirements.

To fully determine whether you are qualified for the Australian Prospective Marriage Visa, you may undertake an assessment provided by the Visa Bureau here. While it doesn’t guarantee eligibility, it does satisfy basic criteria required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

How to Apply for a Fiancé Visa Australia

  • Begin with undergoing relevant health checks before proceeding with the application. Take note that health checks are only valid for a year;  if the visa takes any longer to process, you may need to undertake additional health checks.
  • Gather the relevant documents required for the applications and prepare them adequately.
  • Applicant documents include; Identity documents, documents that prove the relationship with your partne; such as a statutory declaration by a supporting witness in relation to a partner or prospective marriage visa application. Documents about other relationships as well as health and character documents.
  • Sponsor documents include: Identity documents, character documents, relevant dependants.

 

  • To apply Online: Begin the application by creating an ImmiAccount (if you do not already have one). When done, log in and start the application. When in ImmiAccount, select new application, then prospective marriage visa.

Lodge your sponsorship form online and your partner’s details. Subsequently, attach the required documents as required by the ImmiAccount.

  • To Apply On Paper: Completer the form 47SP. The form is an application for migration by a partner. Subsequently, send the following to your closest immigration office; your visa application form, your sponsors completed application form, your documents, sponsors documents and the correct application fee.

Also, lodge your sponsorship form on paper. Then give the completed form as well as other relevant documents to your partner.

  • After applications, you may be required to provide:
  • Police certificates
  • Biometrics
  • Information on any other changes including the addition of children, or any information added to the application in error.

Processing Time of The Prospective Marriage Visa

Processing times for the visa depends on a variety of conditions including whether

  • You have lodged necessary documents and completed the applications.
  • How promptly you respond to requests for additional information.
  • How long it takes to receive additional information in relation to health, character, security requirements and/or criminal record.

 

The Prospective Marriage Visa Allows for the following;

  • Travel from or stay in Australia for up to nine months
  • Study in Australia at your own expense

After the Prospective Marriage Visa is granted:

After the visa is granted, the applicant has a duration of nine months within which he/or she must travel into Australia and marry their sponsor. If the marriage does not occur during this 9 month period then the condition of their visa is considered breached and can lead to varying consequences.

After marriage, the applicant and sponsor may apply for an onshore partner visa based on their marriage in a two stage process.

  • The applicant would first be granted a temporary partner visa for a period not exceeding two years.
  • The application for the temporary visa is also followed closely by that of the permanent partner visa.

Granted, the process might seem quite tumultuous, but is often worth the hassle. In the event that it proves any more strenuous than you can handle however, there are a number of independent Australian Visa Advice service providers from which you can choose to provide adequate counsel as well as facilitate the process at a small cost.

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Fiancé Visa UK

The popular saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is a misleading concept of various forms. Distance, in fact puts a strain on any relationship. Even with the plethora of methods which can aid communication; they will hardly provide the sufficient amount of companionship required to sustain any relationship; thus this article on obtaining UK fiancé Visas.

A UK fiancé visa is a category of family visas.  The UK fiance visa is used by individuals engaged to British Citizens or those settled in the UK to enter into the country. The Visa is also used by individuals who; have permanent residence, refugee status or humanitarian protection to invite their fiancé or proposed civil partner into the UK.

Requirements to Apply for Fiancé Visa UK

To apply for a fiancé Visa UK, your partner and/or yourself have to meet these requirements;

  • You must both be 18 years and above:
  • You or your partner must meet either of these invitation requirements;
  • Be a British Citizen
  • Have either refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK
  • Provide proof that you have a good knowledge of English by either; presenting an academic qualification that demonstrates proficiency, or taking an approved English language test.
  • Make evidence availible you can financially support yourself and dependants.
  • Provide proof that you either both marry or enter into civil partnership within 6 months of arriving.

Provisions of the Fiancé Visa UK

The UK fiancé visa has a number of perks as well as limitations –

  • The UK fiancé visa disallows the invited party from engaging in any kind of work. Subsequent to a legally recognized union however; they may choose to engage in lawful business (or otherwise) activity as they so deem fit.
  • The fiancé Visa UK allows for permission to stay for no more than 6 months if applying as a fiancé, fiancée or a proposed civil partner.

Requirements for Application or Extension of Fiancé Visa UK (If the Above Requirements Are Not all Met)

If the above stated requirements are not met, you may be granted the visa or given an extension provided any of the following can be proven –

  • You have a child in the UK who is a British Citizen or has lived in the UK for no less than 7 years
  • The refusal to be granted a Visa would be an outright breach of your human rights.

How To Apply For A Fiancé Visa UK

The requirements for applying for a fiancé visa UK is dependent on whether you are applying from within, outside the UK or North Korea. Regardless of these

conditions

however, the following documentation/details must be provided

  • Personal information: This includes your name(s), date of birth, identification and valid travel ID, previous passports, biometric residence permit (if you aren’t a citizen), passport photograph, criminal history/records, immigration applications, national insurance number, medical records, a blank page in your passport as well as an email address.
  • Proof of Financial Status: Documents that provide proof of your income will be required as well as related material including receipts and tax bills.
  • Personal Information of Partner: Their name(s), date of birth, nationality, passport, any evidence of previous relationships, and details of their dependants.

How to Apply From Within The UK

UK fiancé visa applicants may choose to apply online or send their applications by post or in person at a premium service centre.

You may only apply online as an alternative to the paper forms, but they are not a sufficient means to apply for an indefinite leave to remain.

Applications in person can be done by either –

  • Filling the form and booking an appointment
  • Making an online application and booking a subsequent appointment.

Applications by post are also dependent on whether or not you can already prove your knowledge of English, you can meet the income requirement and already have the permission to be in the UK. Thus, this method of application may only be utilized if you cannot paid the required fee for one of the following reasons –

  • You do not have a place to live and cannot afford one
  • The applicant has a place to live but cannot afford your essential living costs like food or heating.
  • You have very low income and paying the required fee would compromise your child/dependant’s wellbeing.

How To Apply From Outside the UK or North Korea

Applicants applying from outside the UK or North Korea are required, in addition to the earlier listed documents; complete a form, known as appendix 2 which would provide information as to how they intend to meet the financial requirements of living in the UK.

For individuals applying in North Korea however, additional documentation is also required, and a family settlement form VAF4A for North Korean applicants only, is filled as well. The forms are available in Chinese and Vietnamese.

How Long It Will Take To Get A Fiancé Visa UK

Subsequent to the submission a decision to give you the visa or deny your application would be made;

  • Within 12 weeks if you applied from outside the UK
  • Within 8 weeks if you applied from within the UK
  • On the same day if you applied in person and paid the for premium service.

Ultimately, this guide should provide sufficient aid to obtaining a UK fiancé visa. Subsequent to the approval of the visa; partners may choose to apply for an indefinite settlement leave to remain on the basis of their union.

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How to obtain an Australian business visa

How to Obtain a Business Visa to Attend a Seminar, Workshop or Business Meeting In Australia

Australia’s place in world economy is top rank – over time, the country has proven itself to be a formidable force in matters regarding to business, and its little wonder it has over time become a haven for prospective investors, new and old alike.

Australia provides a Business Visa Program which encourages successful business owners, investors and senior executives to travel into and/or settle in Australia while developing new or existing opportunities in Australian business.

In order to obtain a business visa a preliminary tool that may be used to access your eligibility is an online Australian Business Visa assessment that begins the visa application process subsequent to which intending travelers may then apply for the Business Visa ETA or Sponsored Business Visitor Visas.

Whilst staying in Australia on a business ETA Visa, examples of business activities for which the Visa covers includes;

  • Attending conferences;
  • Negotiations; or
  • Exploratory business visits.

The visa does not include acting or music performance or commercial film making.

Individuals from ETA eligible countries may apply simply by completing the Online Application, entering the travel information and passport details, making the required payment after which the application is processed instantly and linked to your passport number and your ETA status is confirmed by email within a few minutes.

The ETA business Visa is perhaps the easiest to obtain provided the required conditions are met adequately.

Alternately, individuals may also obtain Sponsored Business Visitor Visas which are designed to enable members of local, state and federal government and government agencies, as well as specified organizations in Australia, to offer formal sponsorship to short stay business visitors.

The visa is designed for applicants who wish to enter Australia for a period of no more than 3 months for business purposes. This can include activities such as attending conferences and training, but must not include the undertaking of business employment (this could have an adverse effect on the employment and training opportunities of Australian citizens or permanent residents).

An Australian sponsor can vouch for an applicant’s purpose of visit and provide an undertaking that their business visitor will abide by visa conditions, including that they depart Australia before their visa expires.

In this instance, along with other basic requirements for the visa application a letter similar to the one written below is required.

Sample Letter

(COMPANY LOGO/PROGRAM LETTER HEAD)

(Date)

The Australian Embassy

Attention: Non-immigrant Visa Services Section

(Embassy Address)

 

Action Requested: Visa Issuance

To The Non-immigrant Visa Services Section:

The above stated company, XYZ Corporation, designs and manufactures 123 products out of our headquarters in Adelaide. We have been in business for 30 years and currently have 50 employees with annual sales of XXX. Historically, over 90 percent of our sales have been within Australia, but in the last few years we have recognized the opportunities, and necessity, of pursuing international sales. Our current focus is on Latin America.

We have recently signed an agreement with ABC Industries of Managua, Nicaragua. They will be the official representative for sales, technical support, and product distribution for XYZ Corporation in Australia. XYZ Corporation and ABC Industries have a number of mutual customers and this agreement is a natural fit for both our business interests.

ABC Corporation has recently added a personnel manager (personal details below) to handle staffing and recruitment and we would like him to visit Adelaide for intense training on human relations. We also plan to visit a number of our customers in Australia so that ABC Industries can see how our products are used in the industry. The total time for the visit will be 5 days, beginning September 24, and ending September 29, He will be staying in the XXX Hotel located at (full address). XYZ Corporation will be covering all travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the duration of their visit in the Australia.

George CRUZ,

Personell Manager, ABC Industries

(Address)

Managua, Nicaragua

Phone Number:+ 505-5555-5555

Direct Line: +505-5555-5555

Fax: +505-5555-5555

Email: ….

Passport Number: XXX

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married

Date of Birth: March 05, 19XX

Place of Birth: Managua, Nicaragua

Home Address: XXX

Home Phone: XXX

Thank you for your assistance. I believe Mr. Cruz has an appointment schedule on DATE for his visa interview. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by e-mail at johndoe@XYZcorp.com or on my mobile at +1 (555) 555-5555.

Sincerely,

John Doe

President

Enclosures: Passports Copies

Financial Statement

Phone: +1 (555) 555-5555 │ Fax: +1 (555) 555-5555 │ Email: info@xyzcorp.com │ Web: www.xyzcorp.com

Sponsored business visas are usually processed and delivered in 5 days from the date of the application, subsequent to which other personal travel arrangements can be made and executed.

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