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Immigration Letter of Employment

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In order to access immigrant-based visas or permanent residency in the United States, you may need to show proof that you are employed with an organization and that organization must indicate key attributes of your employment such as your position and pay.

You do this by presenting a letter of employment from your employer, verifying that you are an employee of the organization, that you have been performing the relevant job duties in line with your job title. The letter must also state when you started working with the company organization as well as your salary specifications.

The employment verification letter should be original and printed on company letterhead. The letter should be signed by your supervisor, human resource person, or some other Senior Management personnel qualified to undertake same, and should include a contact phone number.

The letter should state the following: starting date with the company, current employment status (full time, part time, contract, etc.), position title, annual salary or hourly wage. If you are paid by the hour, you should convert that to an annual salary.

Here is a sample letter you can present to your Employer. Again, be sure to have your letter on company letterhead.

Sample Letter 1:

Embassy of the United States,
490 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 1G8, Canada.

July 27th, 2018.

Re: Employment Verification for John Diesel Doe.

To Whom It May Concern: (Alternatively use Dear Sir/Madam).

This letter is to confirm that John Diesel Doe has been under our employ and has been since January 1, 2018. John Doe is currently working with us as an Information and Communications Analyst in our Marketing Department. His annual salary is $40,000. This is a full-time position.

While at the company, Mr. Doe’s job duties include but are not limited to the following:

Gathering information from users, customers, and business or marketing strategists. Responsible for maintaining a systems network by monitoring performance and making changes based on data size or user quantity requirements. Using modeling techniques to plan new systems or identify complications in existing ones. Responsible for integrating e-mail, and telephone applications, as well as installing the servers, routers, modems, or drivers required for these systems. Responsible for training users in any new procedures related to systems changes.

Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information or verification.

Sincerely,

Robinson Crusoe
Head, Marketing Department
All Stars Electronics and Solutions.

Phone: 0700 2666 444

Email: contact@allstarselectronics.com                

 

Sample Letter 2:

GLOBAL LIFE MEDICAL SERVICES Ltd.

(Company Address, Phone number and email)

To: The Consul-General,
United States Consulate General,
1075 W. Pender Street,
Vancouver, B.C.
V6E 2M6

July, 27, 2018.

 

Re: Letter of Employment

Dear Sir or Madam:

We are writing in response to your request for verification that Mr. Elroy James is a bona fide employee of our organization. Mr. James has been working for our organization Global Life Medical Services Ltd. Since 2015. He has been with the company since its inception when it was known as Stardust Enterprises, now known as Global Life Medical Services Ltd. We are confirming that Elroy James is employed with us full time as a Software Engineer since January 1, 2015 and his annual salary is $86,650. His employment will become permanent upon the approval of his visa application. At Global Life Medical Services Ltd., Mr. James performs the following duties in his capacity as a Software Engineer:

Develops and analyses full life-cycle object oriented software, designs application’s specifications, documents software user requirements, development of programming using C++ and/or Java languages, Windows NT, design of graphical user interfaces and Object-Oriented Databases (OODBMS) using OMT Methodology, testing and implementation.

Please feel free to contact us if your office should require any further information. We would be happy to oblige.

Sincerely,

Aldrige Aldrige,
Vice President, Administration.
Global Life Medical Services Ltd. 

 

Visitor’s Medical Insurance (USA)

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What is visitor’s medical insurance?

Visitor medical insurance is a type of short-term travel health insurance policy that visitors to any country purchase to get coverage protection for accidental injury or sickness or illness that occurs during their stay in the host country. Travel medical insurance offers health coverage for relatives or parents visiting USA, or for travel protection to visit any country for any reason, business or personal. This type of private health coverage for visitors is purchased as a short term health plan that provides medical coverage beyond national borders, and only for the duration of travel or stay outside home country.

When should I purchase the insurance?

Medical treatment in the US is very expensive. If there are any pre-existing conditions that require treatment, the full cost of the treatment may become your responsibility. It is advised to purchase the insurance before departing your home country to make sure you will be covered during your travels.

Why buy insurance?

Each year, the United States hosts millions of foreign visitors from all over the world. While the United States healthcare system is recognized as one of the best in the world, potential out-of-pocket expenses that could result from an injury or sickness during your visitor’s visit to the United States could be outrageous. Healthcare costs are different in the United States than any other country around the world.  For instance, it cost $42,000 for a four day hospital stay to treat a 12 year-old girl who caught pneumonia on a school trip. The travel insurer also paid for the cost of flying out a member of the family to be with her. This is why foreign national visiting the United States of America require VISITORS medical insurance to protect them and their family!

What types of plans are there?

You can either by limited plans which cover basics and are low-cost or buy comprehensive coverage plans. Comprehensive coverage plans typically offer more benefits than basic plans, and also offer coverage for acute onset of pre-existing conditions.

Choosing the best plan for your visitor

Depending on who is visiting and what activities you’ll be doing, you will need to look at your different options. For example, an elderly person visiting for pleasure trip will need a different cover than a young person visiting for a business conference.

Keep in mind

Many times when buying health insurance, especially for visitors, we tend to look for the cheapest possible option. Your visitors won’t stay in the US that long right, what could possibly go wrong? Or so we tend to think. Keep in mind that the cheapest options will not cover certain procedures or medication. So in the event that a loved one does fall sick, and you would like to upgrade to a wider coverage plan, take note that that new plan will classify the current illness as a pre-existing condition, meaning the insurance will not cover that ailment. It’s therefore better to stick with the initial plan, even if it’s limited.

It is not entirely possible to predict whether a person will fall ill or not, but you can ask the following questions to determine whether it is better they visit or hold off, and you visit them instead. Ask them if they have any pre-existing conditions. Ask if they’ve had a check-up recently and the results of that, and whether or not they are on medication, and how much of it they can bring over with them.

In addition to preexisting conditions, other things not covered by visitors’ insurance is maternity care, childbirth, preventative care (immunizations, regular check-ups, physical exams, etc.), prescription eye exams and glasses, cosmetic procedures, and dental work not related to an accident/emergency.

How do you know which insurance companies are better?

When deciding where to purchase visitors insurance, you should look at things like the Insurance agency’s reputation, their price options, how big their network coverage is, that is which hospitals are supported under the coverage, and customer feedback.

So which insurance companies should I buy from?            

There are several companies who offer visitor’s health insurance packages. There are also other plan like Atlas America, Patriot America etc, that does a good job of offering custom plans for foreigners visiting USA. For elderly folks, most plans cover pre-existing conditions, offer emergency services etc. One such plan that goes a really good job of offering a custom plan for elder folks is Choice America Gold.

Atlas America.

Atlas America has a wide option to choose from and covers new immigrants, business travelers, students, short visits, etc. whatever your reason for travel, they have an insurance plan for you. Atlas Travel insurance covers most potential disasters and even offers emergency medical evacuation if the need arises. It covers for lost baggage and has various other packages. They have the largest network of PPO providers and have good admin/customer care support. They also cover partially acute onset of pre-existing condition (only a handful providers cover these). You can choose from a variety of options, on their website at http://www.atlasamericainsurance.com/.

Patriot America

Patriot America provides Visitor medical Insurance for visitors to USA, travelers, tourists, new immigrants, international students, expats. relatives, or parents visiting USA. They have different medical Insurance plans available to meet your specific travel insurance needs and provide up to USD $2,000,000 ($2 million US Dollar) protection benefits of maximum medical coverage limit.

Visit their website for more information at https://www.patriotamericainsurance.net/

Cover America Gold-

This plan was recently launched on December 5th 2017 and has easily become a favorite for the elderly. The reason? It’s gotten rid of all the unnecessary frills that comes with most travel insurance plans and offers just the right features needed for elderly folks. It comes with a great coverage (100% payment after deductible), emergency and urgent care, cheaper co-pay, extensive PPO network, dental and eye urgent care, up to 79 years coverage, acute on-set of pre-existing conditions coverage, amusement park/cruise cover etc. you can look them up at https://www.visitorscoverage.com/coveramerica-gold-insurance/

 

Choice America

This is short term plan and doesn’t come with unnecessary features that you won’t use. Choice America is a limited coverage travel insurance plan that is primarily built for parents visiting USA. It has features like coverage for common pre-existing conditions even for occurrence during visit.

How much will it cost?

You can expect to spend within the range of $400- $500. Some plans may be way cheaper or more expensive depending on your preferences and the options the company makes available.

 

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Green card lottery

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Green card lottery (what it is and how you can enter)

What is a green card?

Having a green card is an informal way of saying you have United States lawful permanent residency. It is the immigration status of a person authorized to live and work in the United States permanently. The name green card came about from the color of the forms that were filled for immigration status. The name has stuck since then.

How long is it valid for?

Green cards are valid for 10 years for permanent residents. After this period, the card must be renewed or replaced. The full application process, from start to finish (that is from the time you submit your application to the time you are granted a green card) may take several years.

What is the green card lottery?

The United States has a generous visa lottery platform where around 50,000 immigrant visas are made available through the Diversity Visa (DV) program, also known as the Green Card Lottery to people who were born in countries with low rates of immigration to the United States (fewer than 50,000 immigrants in the past five years). If you are selected under this lottery you will be given the opportunity to apply for permanent residence. You can also file for your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21.

For this year- 2018, the Green Card Lottery Program is called DV-2020; 2020 being the year successful applicants may enter the United States on the green card they won. It is now open to all individuals worldwide who meet two basic entry requirements. The Program makes Permanent Resident Cards available to the winners, authorizing the winners and their families to live, study and work in the United States of America as permanent residents.

The DV Program is based on random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. It is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS).

Most lottery winners reside outside the United States and immigrate through consular processing and issuance of an immigrant visa.

To apply for a diversity visa, follow the steps on the Diversity Visa Process on usvisas.state.gov.

Are you eligible?

To be Eligible to enter the Green Card Lottery you must be a native of a qualifying country. You must be a foreign citizen or national not born in the United States of America, from a country with a low immigration rate to the United States. People born in countries with high US immigration are excluded from this immigration program. The following countries are excluded from the DV2020 program:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland only), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India. Others are Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam.

How to Apply

Firstly, confirm that you are from one of the qualifying countries.

Log onto the usvisas.state.gov site, follow the prompts “Immigrate” and proceed to create an account.

Once you confirm your account, fill in the required information and upload photos of yourself and any co-applicants. You may apply for your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21. Submit your application and check online periodically. You can visit the Department of State’s website to check your status at https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/  Lottery winners are notified by the US Government by mail and email.

What happens if I get it?

If you are selected in the lottery, you can then begin the immigrant visa application process. If you live outside the U.S. will need to file applications for immigrant visas at your U.S. Embassies or Consulates. Once your immigrant visa applications are approved, you will be scheduled visa interviews. If all goes well and you are eligible for legal permanent resident status in the U.S., immigrant visas will be issued to you (and your family, if applicable) these visas must be “activated” within six months of issuance at any port of entry to the United States. That means you will have to move to the United within that timeframe.

Watch out for frauds

Applicants are advised to use only official U.S. government websites, in which the URL ends in .gov. and to never send money to anyone who sends you a letter or email claiming you have won the lottery. Fraudulent green card lottery scams have risen over the years, to take advantage of innocent applicants who genuinely wish to emigrate to the U.S. False agents take money from applicants by promising to submit application forms for them. Most agents are not working for the distribution service. Some claim that they can increase your chances of winning the lottery. These claims are false and may in fact delay or not submit your application.

Some agents may claim to provide winners free airline tickets or other benefits, such as submissions in future years or cash funds. Beware of any and all fraudulent claims.

Take Note

If you ever want to visit the United States as a visitor or with a non-immigrant visa, entering the green card lottery could make that more difficult. When you apply for a U.S. non-immigrant visa, you generally must prove your non-immigrant intent. That is, you intend to return to your home country. But by entering the green card lottery, you are indicating your desire to immigrate to the United States. If you later on decide that you would like to visit the U.S. and apply for a travel or student visa, you must disclose your participation in the green card lottery. The results of the lottery don’t matter. The problem that arises is that you have expressed interest in immigrating to the U.S. This will likely be taken into account by a consular officer when making a determination on a non-immigrant visa. Participation in the lottery will not automatically bar you issuance of a non-immigrant visa, but your application will be scrutinized more closely.

 

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Sample invitation letter for Business Visa to Nigeria

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Trying to get a business visa to Nigeria? Learn how to here.

Business Visas are available to citizens of all countries except Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Nationals who do not require a visa to visit Nigeria and other countries which Nigeria has entered into visa abolition agreements.

Who Needs a Business Visa?

Any foreign traveler who wishes to visit Nigeria for the purpose of a Meeting, Conference, Seminar, Contract Negotiation, Marketing, Sales, Purchase distribution of Nigerian Goods, Trade Fairs, Job Interviews, Training of Nigerians (Humanitarian Services), Emergency/Relief work, Crew members, Staff of NGOs, Staff of INGOs, Researchers, Musical Concerts.

 

What are the Requirements?

To be issued a business visa, you need the following:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Nigeria visas.
  • Two (2) recent passport sized (35/40mm) photograph.
  • A valid return ticket.
  • Evidence of Hotel Reservation/host address in Nigeria.
  • Validity of stay is 90 days (not extendable) you should note that this Visa is not valid for employment.
  • Certificate of Incorporation. The applicant must contact the company in Nigeria to provide a Certificate of Incorporation.
  • A Letter of Invitation. A signed letter of invitation from a sponsor (either a host company or individual) in Nigeria explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Nigeria. The letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay, and relevant contact information,
  • Evidence of sufficient funds. Applicants need to submit financial evidence if the Invitation letter does not state that the host will be financially responsible for the traveler’s stay in Nigeria.

 

How do I apply?

  • Fill in the online application. You can find the application at https://immigration.gov.ng/visas/ . Complete and print out a copy.
  • Pay online and a payment receipt will be generated for you. Print out a copy.
  • Affix 2 passport sized photographs to the completed Visa Form IMM22, along with the other requirements and submit through any of the following:
  • Via Post to the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident
  • In person at designated Visa Application Centre (where applicable) or,
  • In person at the Embassy/High Commission/Consulate of Nigeria where applicant is Resident

The applicant may be invited for an interview if necessary.

Note For US Citizens..

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program.  Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

How long does it take?

Your visa may be issued 2 – 3 working days from the receipt of your application.

How much does it cost?

You will be required to pay visa fees. You can find a full list of a country by country breakdown at https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/visaguidelines.

 

Sample Invitation Letter

Here is a sample of an Invitation Letter to the Nigerian Consul in New York for a participant to attend a conference. The letter should be written on the organization’s letterhead. Be sure to include all the relevant information about the relationship and arrangement between the applicant and the organization. 

Society for Family Health, Nigera.
Justice Ifeyinwa Nzeako House, 8 Port Harcourt Cres,
Garki, Abuja.
(234) 567 9012, (234) 888 1234

 

Sample 1

June 8th, 2018
Consulate General of Nigeria
828 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.

 

RE: INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION AT 14TH ANNUAL AFRICA CONFERENCE ON HEALTHCARE DELIVERY, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dear Honorable Consul,

We would like to confirm that Dr. Evelyn Manning is registered for the 14th Annual Africa Conference on Healthcare Delivery coming up on 29th– 31 July, 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria. Ms. Manning is a medical doctor and cardiology specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for this year’s conference is Enabling Precision Cardiology Through Multiscale Biology and Systems Medicine: Focus on Africa. As a leader in her field, Dr. Manning’s presence and contributions will greatly enrich the conference and give all participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the field.

All of Dr. Manning’s accommodation and living expenses have been covered by her registration fees. Please find the registration details attached.

We would be happy to provide any further information that may be required in order to facilitate obtaining Ms. Manning’s visa.

Yours faithfully,

Vivien West.

 

Sample 2

Green Wood Solutions Nig. Ltd.,
38, Bee Street, Maitama, Abuja.
contact@greenwoodsolutions (234) 856 7814
Greeenwoodsolutions.com

 

June 8th, 2018
Nigeria High Commission 295 Metcalfe Street,
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1R9 Canada

Dear Sir/Madame,

We would like to request a Business Visa for Ms. Edith Long, Chief Operating Officer of Startimes Logistics Ltd, Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Long will be holding a series of meetings during her stay with the purpose of forging a business collaboration with our company. These meetings will run from the 22nd to 27th July, 2018 at our head office in Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

We undertake to be financially responsible for Ms. Long’s stay and other ancillary expenses arising from that.

Should you have further questions please feel free to contact us using the information above.

Yours faithfully,

 

Haruna Joe,

Company Secretary.

 

Super Visa Insurance

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Whether it is for your home, car, pet or life; we have come to learn – especially through devastatingly painful real-life situations, that insurance is no luxury. If anything, it may just be as important as your need to acquire basic necessities.

But the option of negotiation is completely out of the question where a Super Visa is concerned. So what do you do when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place;  what if Super Visa Insurance like, yesterday?

Tips for Buying the Best Super Visa Insurance

You might get lost in the haze of options; when in search of the best Super Visa Insurance. Especially with the various policies, you might have to wade through to find the best option available for your situation; So, here are a few quick tips to get you in and out quickly;

  • Investigate about Super Visa Insurance Providers:

As the rule is for just about everything else; first-hand information on any subject is your best bet at getting anything done right. So do a little home work; maybe even request some quotes online and over the phone, and then compare the coverage prices available to you. But make sure that the quotes aren’t all that you’re looking at when you make a purchase.  Do well to do a comparison of the policies as well to see which works best for you.

  • Get Referrals :

Remember how the customer is always right? Well, they are also always the most reliable source of information as well. So, don’t restrict yourself to just the providers and their agents; ask other Super Visa Insurance users who they recommend.

  • Tell-All:

The worse mistake you can possibly make in life – besides lying to your lawyer and doctor; is to lie to your insurance broker or service provider. This is just as important as asking the right questions; make sure to let your insurance agent know every detail about your trip; include your past health history and any risky activities you want to enagage in.

  • Coverage Over Cost:

While it helps to compare rates so that you can pick one that won’t be too much of a rip-off; also remember that you only get what you pay for. So if you need to pay a premium for a quality coverage – well, you only live once.

  • Insure As Many as You Can at Once:

If both parents and/or grandparents are traveling all at once; it may help the cost to insure them all at once. And even if it doesn’t, it helps to lighten the paper work, so why not?

 

Super Visa Insurance Providers You should Consider

Destination Canada

Destination Travel

Destination Canada provides coverage for individuals who are – at least 15 days old. Thus, this would cover parents and grandparents. Provided they do not have any provincial or territorial health insurance plan in Canada; and are in good state of health with no reason to seek medical attention.

Available plans range provide $10,000 – $300,000 coverage from prices as low as 850.45CAD

According to the provisions of the plan, if you incur expenses for emergency hospital and emergency care during the period of the coverage, the insurer will pay up to the sum insured – this is of course, in line with the limits and exceptions.

Coverage options exclude those who have been diagnosed with a terminal sickness including AIDS/HIV positive or been prescribed/used home oxygen during the last 12 months, diagnosed with/received treatment for a congestive heart failure, had a major organ transplantation, Has been treated with kidney dialysis within the last 12 months.

View details of the policy here

TuGo Travel Insurance

Tugo Travel Insurance provides coverage for  individuals who are at least 14 days old and have not yet reached the age of 90 at the time of your application for TU insurance policy.

They also have to be legally admissible to Canada as a Visitor/Tourist, Foreign Worker, New Immigrant or Returning Canadian, who are not eligible for the Provincial Health Care Coverage at the time of entry to Canada. Provided they do not travel against the advice of a physician – they would be suitable for a Super Visa Insurance coverage with TuGo.

This insurance is available in aggregate benefits limits in increments of $10,000 up to a maximum of $300,000 per insured person from 1211.80 CAD.

Eligibility provisions are typical of most of the other insurance providers, and the company will pay you or any physician of your choice all eligible medical expenses up to the maximum aggregate limit if you require hospitalization or medical treatment due to an emergency while traveling outside your country of residence.

View the TuGo Insurance Policy Wording Here

Travelance

Travelance provides Super Visa Insurance coverage for parents and grandparents provided they do not have a medical condition for which a physician has advised not to travel,  and are not under 14 days old or over 85 years old. Exceptions will also apply if they have been diagnosed with or received treatment for: Congestive heart failure, AIDS or HIV, Alzheimer’s or any dementia, pancreatic or liver cancer, any kind of metastatic cancer, a condition requiring a bone marrow or organ transplant.

Coverage plans begin from 1149.75 CAD and provide coverage from $10,000 up to a maximum of $300,000 per insured person and provide coverage for all medical expenses incurred outside the country of residence.

View the Policy Wording here

Allianz Global Assistance

Like other insurance providers, Allianz Global Assistance will not provide insurance coverage for people in these categories; who have been diagnosed with or has had an episode of congestive heart failure. Or has had a lung condition for which, in the last 12 months, if they have been prescribed or use home oxygen.  Or has received treatment for any cancer in the past 3 months, have received or is awaiting a bone marrow or major organ transplant, have been diagnosed with or received treatment for kidney disease requiring dialysis, have been diagnosed with an aneurysm that has not been repaired,  Requires assistance with daily living.

Plans begin from 1070.91 CAD and also provide coverage worth 10,000 up to a maximum of $300,000 per insured person.

View the policy wording here

Take note that Super Visa insurance for parents and grandparents only provides medical emergency-based coverage. The plan does not include physical examinations, routine doctor and clinic visits as well as other associated cases.

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Grammarly Review – A tool I now use daily

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GRAMMARLY – This Grammar check tool has become indispensable!

I first saw Grammarly as an advert on another website. At first, I wondered if it I could afford to install another plugin for my chrome browser. On second thoughts I decided to give it a spin. Wow!!! I am so glad I did. Since then I have introduced it to my wife and other friends. I have also instructed the people that work with me to make sure they have Grammarly installed.

In summary, for those who English is not their first language, Grammarly is a must-have. It does not just correct spelling mistakes, it corrects your grammar. For example, if you want to say “I read four books last month” and you mistakenly write “I red four books last month”, Grammarly would underline “red” to draw you attention to your error. How cool is that? That is not all. It can do more than that. It can also correct punctuation.

Like I said earlier, I literally stumbled onto Grammarly – not that I didn’t need a grammar/spell check program, but I wasn’t actively looking for one when it showed up as an ad, and after a good look at its perks and terms, I figured – I’ve got nothing to lose!

Well, approximately one month into my journey with Grammarly here’s my take on the program. I am an affiliate of this program. I use it and I recommend it highly, my suggestion is that you try it for FREE and decide for yourself. I am sure you would be glad you downloaded it.

But first,

What Does Grammarly Really Do?

The idea behind Grammarly is that  it flags up errors as you type posts in LinkedIn, WordPress, Tumblr, Gmail, Facebook and other platforms – and depending on whether or not you are willing to download the free browser extension that applies for it, it would also flag up errors in Ms Word or alternatively, documents can be uploaded or copied and pasted on your account and reviewed as well and when the Grammarly software finds a grammar mistake, it provides a detailed flash card with explanations and examples of how to improve the sentence.

Another useful accompanying feature in Grammarly is the plagiarism-detection tool; which is ideal for teachers and editors who suspect that their students or writers may have turned in copied material, and a comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus that writers can access anytime – and by simply highlighting a word you are provided with a contextual list of synonyms that could translate your writing to the next level.

How Much Does Grammarly Cost?

It’s free!

Okay, not entirely.

Grammarly offers two different packages – one is the free version and the other a premium version that is accompanied by additional features.

Using the free version entitles you to review of 100 points of free grammar, contextual spelling and punctuation errors – this does not include any features for vocabulary enhancement at all. And although it is free, it can be used anywhere on the web with Google Chrome, Mozilla or Safari browser.

The free version will help you get started immediately. You would get more than enough benefits from just using the free version. If you need more there is always more.

The Premium version includes (along with the features of the free version) 100+ additional advanced grammar and spelling checks, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, Genre-specific writing style checks and the plagiarism detector.

What to Love About Grammarly

I installed Grammarly on my computer and enabled its web browser plugins, and it proved beyond reasonable doubt that when it comes to detecting spelling, grammar and punctuation errors, the software clearly leads the pack.

It flags everything from a passive voice to commonly confused words and makes suggestions for corrections in sentence structure and punctuations in no more than a few seconds.

I suppose the most impressive thing about Grammarly is that it doesn’t flag any errors without providing accompanying reasons. The flashcards provided explain why each error was flagged as incorrect and the most likely alternatives to correct the errors. Not only does the approach elevate the writing of the user, it helps to further educate and strengthen future writing.

Grammarly also recognizes that different documents have different levels of formality, thus reviews are done specifically to the tone of the document concerned – and the ideals of emails, social media updates, blog posts, official documents, academic and technical documents were considered during the software’s design.

And to top things off, you can very easily switch from American to British English by simply clicking on the Grammarly logo and navigating to your profile.

Conclusion

If you are on my website because you are looking to write an invitation letter for someone, and you do not have Grammarly, then download it right now. You will be glad you did. 

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Documents Required for UK visitor Visa

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The United Kingdom of Great Britain commonly known as the UK is a sovereign country in Western Europe. Lying off the coast of north western coast of the European mainland. The UK is the 78th largest sovereign state in the world and the 11th largest in Europe. It is also the 21st most populous country, with estimated 65.1million inhabitants. If you need a visa to visit the UK, here are some documents required for uk visitor visa. (Standard Visa).

There are six (6) types of visas you can apply for, namely;

  • Work visa

This work visa is designed to attract professionals from all industries to occupy key positions or jobs. This type of visa requires an applicant to have a job offer before they can apply. It is important to note that the UK Company offering you a position must have a sponsor license in order to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship before you can apply for the visa

  • Visitors Visa

This visa is required by mainly foreigners who wish to enter the UK for short stays. Generally the visitor’s visas are valid for 6 months. In some cases, they can be issued for longer periods such as 1, 2,5, or 10 years. However, those with longer term visas can still only stay in the UK for a period of 6 months at a time. Almost without question, countries in the Schengen Area – a coalition of 26 mostly European countries as far as north as Norway and as far south as Greece – allow tourist to visit for up to 90days without a visa.

  • Youth Mobility Visa

This type of visa allows young people to come and experience life in the UK for up to 2 years. Successful applicants will be free to undertake any type of employment throughout their stay in the UK with the exception of self-employment subject to certain exceptions. Visa holders may also engage in privately funded studies, voluntary work and au pair placements.

  • Family Visa

This type of Visa allows UK nationals, UK permanent residents and EEA-nationals residing in the UK to sponsor partners, parents and children to remain in the UK. Family members who are successful in receiving sponsorship through a UK family visa will be able to access the same benefits as the main applicant in terms of work rights, and rights to education for the children

  • Study Visa

This visa is for students who intend to undertake any educational program at a United Kingdom institution in a full time course. This student visa is flexible and allows students to participate in both short and long term courses of at least 6 month in duration. To qualify, students must have a confirmed offer of enrolment from a licensed education provider, be able to maintain and accommodated by a host while they are studying and show that they are able to pay their course fees

  • Business Visa

This type of visa includes flexible visa types that permit successful business people and their families to carry out businesses in the UK. Applicants will have to demonstrate that they can establish themselves well in the UK. These visas can lead to UK permanent residence and British Nationality

VISA REQUIREMENTS

  • A valid travel passport

This is a document that shows you are a bonafide citizen of a country with all relevant information of you as a person, which is usually issued by the immigration department of your country.

  • Application form-the UK visa form has to be filled online
  • One passport sized photograph on white background. This must not be more than 6 months old (45mm*35mm wide)
  • Visa fee

Visa applicants, including children, are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable visa application fee, sometimes reffered to as the MRV( machine readable visa). The Visa application fee must be paid whether a Visa is issued or not. The type of Visa for which you apply determines the fee amount.

  • Evidence of permission to be in UK if you are not a national of the UK. E.g. Visa, green card, residence permit etc.
  • Photocopy of passport data page

This is the information page in your passport, which contains your photo and personal details such as your name, date of birth, nationality, etc. This page is traditionally located at the very back of your passport or at the front.

  • Letter of invitation

This letter is given to you by someone who is already a resident or a citizen of the Uk. With this it shows, that you actually have a destination and accommodation when you arrive the Uk

  • Financial proof, original bank statement (at least 6months). This information shows or supports your claim that you will be able to support yourself while in the UK and not be an inconvenience to others around you.
  • Birth certificate for children travelling with parents

This is required so that the ages of the children travelling with their parents can be ascertained

  • Applicants travelling on an official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, with full details of the company authorised representative; physical address and phone numbers.
  • Supporting letter from sponsor/friend

This is a letter written by your sponsor to the embassy stating if he/she will be responsible for your accommodation, funding your stay or if you will be staying in a hotel which will involve your sponsor showing evidence of the booking and address of the hotel.

  • Utility bills
  • Details of hotel/flight bookings
  • Marriage certificate if applicable

HOW TO APPLY FOR UK VISA

Step 1: You can apply for your UK visa at any UK Application Centre closest to you in your country of residence

Step 2: Visit the UK immigration and visa website to find out the type of visa you should apply for. From the UK visa and immigration website, you will find out about your application fee and also book your appointment with UK visa Application Centre.

Step 3: After you have filled the form online, you will be given the GWF number, you should take note of this number because you will need it later. You will also receive an email confirming the your appointment date, the location and the required document to take along

Step 4: You will need to register your details after you have booked your appointment.

Step 5: attend your appointment at the UK application Centre, you are required to bring along the following:

  • Printed copies of your online application form appointment confirmation
  • Your passport and other required document such as

-Financial evidence

-Medical report

-Two colored passport

-Birth certificate

-Marriage certificate

-Court records(if you have been convicted of a crime

-etc

There is a gradual process after payment of your visa fees; your photo and fingerprints-biometric will be done at the Application centre. After this has been done, your visa fee will no longer be refundable.

Don’t be late for your appointment. Make sure you arrive at the date and time stated on your confirmation email. If you are late your application process may be delayed as you will have to rebook your appointment

 

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Applicants are required to submit their application forms after you must have fulfilled the entire requirement as stated by the embassy. This submission is usually done at the embassy application centres. The Embassy expects that all information given is totally genuine else this can lead to denial of such visa application

VISA PROCESSING

Visa application processing can take within four to six working days. However, some visa applications can take more time especially those that have special attention in crime or history of rejection

COLLECTION

You will be informed when the Visa is ready and told when to come and collect it depending on the times the Embassy operate which will be communicated to you as well. You are expected to come with your application check list, original photographic ID and a photocopy of bio data page of passport. You will be alerted for collection when your passport arrives back at the UK application centre

Note: Third party cannot collect your document on your behalf, except you are a government representative, a parent collect for your child or children or you are collecting on behalf of your family if you applied together.

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Documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2

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This post is one of those post that is born out of the need to answer a particular question over and over again on this website. Each time some asks what are the documents required for us visitor visa or what are the documents required for a US tourist visa, i give them the same answer. So here is the answer for all those that have this same question?

Official documents required for US visitor visa – From the government website.

The best place to get an up-to-date information about US visitor visa is from the US immigration department. You can find a list of the required document for US tourist visa by visiting – https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html

In addition to visiting this website, I will suggest that you navigate from the webpage above to your country specific webpage. I have discovered that the visa office in each country may require a slightly different list of documents. Always check the website for your country to confirm that you have the updated list of required documents. Here is a link that will help you find the website for the US Embassy in your country. https://www.usembassy.gov/

Mandatory Documents required for us tourist visa – All classes of Applicants (B1/B2)

  1. Valid International Passport – Make sure you visa is still valid for at least 6 months after the date you pan to leave the USA after your visit. This means that if you plan to visit the USA from July 1st – July 30th, then your passport should be valid till at least December of that year. If you have Old Passports with visas on them, carry them along with you to the interview.
  2. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page – When you fill out the DS-160, you get a confirmation page at the end of the process. You will need to print a copy of it and bring it with you to your visa interview.
  3. Application Fee Payment Receipt – If you are required to make payment before your interview, then you need to take the receipt with you. In other countries you may need to go to the interview with a Bank Draft.
  4. Photo – You will need to upload a soft copy of your photo. So get it ready and print a copy to take with you to the interview.
  5. Copy of the Visa Interview Appointment Letter

Supporting documents required for US visitor visa – B1 / B2documents required for US visitor visa or tourist visa

In addition to the mandatory documents, you may also need some documents to support the claims you made in your application form. Here are some of the documents you may need to prepare. Documents that show the following:

  • The purpose of your trip – Although an invitation letter is not mandatory, it is a good document to show the purpose of your trip. If you are going to visit a friend or family, a letter from them is an obvious proof of the purpose of your trip. You may also prepare a document from a tourism company showing the list of places you plan on visiting. A booking of the hotels or places you plan on staying (DO NOT MAKE PAYMENTS to these hotels).
  • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip – These are documents that show your ties to your home country. Birth certificates of your children, Letters from your employer showing that you are on vacation and all other documents that shows that you plan on returning to your home country immediately after your visit to the USA.
  • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip – You should prepare your bank statement, pay slips and business documents to show that you have the ability to pay for the trip. If you will be sponsored partially or fully by your host, then you will need those documents from your host. Take note however that if you are being fully sponsored, it will be difficult for you to show that you will return to your home country after your visit.

How do I know which Document to take to the visa interview or not?

The rule of thumb is to take all documents that you think will be helpful to you. However do not bring out any document that the visa officer does not ask for. If you volunteer too much information, you may not have documents on you to support those claims. Now that you know the documents required for a US tourist visa, you can start preparing.

Your Turn

I hope this page has answered your questions. If you need a more comprehensive document in PDF format that you can print out or read on your mobile device to prepare you for a visa interview, then visit our page on visa interview help.

If you prefer to scout the internet to compile your own resources. Here is a list of visa interview questions for B2 Visa

Make this page richer. Add your suggestions of documents required for a US visitor visa. Leave a comment or ask a question.

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How to get a US Visa without Invitation Letter

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Visiting the US? No invitation letter necessary

Are you planning visit the USA as a tourist, and you do not have an invitation letter? You can apply for a B2 (tourist) Visa without having someone in the USA to send you an invitation letter. We have created a guide that will take you through the entire process of getting a visa without an invitation letter. Although procedures vary in different embassies and consulates, there are a few processes that you need to go through to get a visa.

The Invitation Letter for Visa is not Required

It should be noted that when you are applying for a non – immigrant visa, you will never be asked to show your invitation letter. Therefore, you should not be worrying, because your application won’t be refused if you do not have an invitation letter. There are other more important documents than this letter that you must have with you. Here is what the USA visa office has to say about the invitation letter.

US Consulate on Invitations

Here is the whole process of getting a US visa without an invitation letter

Everyone who wants to enter the USA as a tourist, must apply for a visitor visa. This can easily be done at every U.S Embassy or Consulate around the world. Visit the place and they will provide you with the necessary information.

What documents do you need to get a visitor visa?

First of all, you will need some evidence of a financial support. You will be asked to show the appropriate documentation where the authorities can see that you have enough finances to support yourself during your stay in the USA. A bank statement that shows your current balance would be enough.

Filling out the application form is another important part of the process. You can do this online, or you can go to the USA Embassy in your country and ask for an application form. Once you fill it out, you must provide a suitable photo of yourself which is part of the application documentation. The photos must be in color, taken within the last few months on a white background with your face facing the camera.

Once you are done with the application, you must provide an evidence that shows that you will go back home to your country. Most of the applications get denied simply because the applicants do not submit an evidence of ties to the home country.

Visa Interview

Now, it is time to schedule a meeting with a consular officer of the USA Embassy in your country. Do not forget to take all the documents with you on the day of the interview. During the interview, the consular officer will determine whether or not you are eligible to get a US visa and if you are, they will approve it within the next few days or immediately (it depends from the country you live in).  Once you get an approval, they will give you instructions on how you can get the necessary documents along with the visa. The length to stay will be determined by the officer, but if you are visiting for the first time, you won’t be allowed to stay longer than six months.

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China Visa Invitation Letter

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Writing a China Visa Invitation letter is similarChina Visa Invitation Letter to writing an invitation letter to any country. The major difference is that the letter needs to be written in the Chinese language. If you are in China and you are planning to invite your friend to visit, this letter will serve as a guide to you.

This sample Visa Invitation Letter for China is also useful for people in the United States, Australia, Canada or any other country in the world. You can send it as a guide to your friend who wants you to visit them in China. In this case, this China invitation letter will serve as a guide. Make sure you remind your friend or host to write the letter in Chinese and send you both the letter and the translation.

Do you really need a China Visa Invitation Letter?

A letter of invitation from a friend in China will go a long way to show that you have contacts within China and that you have a legitimate reason for wanting to visit China. However, you can still get a visa without an invitation letter. All you may need to do is get a tourist company and draw up an itinerary for your trip. The itinerary will serve as a the proof of purpose for your visit.

Sample China Visa Invitation Letter

Here is a sample invitation letter written by a friend in China, asking a friend in the USA to visit him in Mainland China. This is just a guide, please edit it to fit your particular situation.

Sample Letter

Your Name and Address in China

Dear Consulate Officer,

This is a formal invitation for my friend Dave Salter who lives at 123 Kingsley Avenue, Queens, New York, USA.  to visit me for 3 weeks.  He is invited to stay with my family and I from January 13th 2017 to January 30th 2017.

Dave Salter is a good friend of mine. We have been friends since Jan 2002 when we attended the Michigan State University together. (You can say one or more sentences about your relationship)

During this visit, I hope to show Dave a few places in Mainland China. Dave is responsible for his travel cost to China.

Yours faithfully

Your Name  and Official Signature.

Please do not forget to sign the document. It is not official without a signature. You do not need to sign the English translation of the letter.

Applying for the Chinese Visa

To apply for the Chinese visa, you would need to find out the exact procedure in your home country. You will also need to fill out a visa application form.