If you have an invitation from a citizen of the country you intend to travel to, you can apply for a visitor visa. This visa allows you to visit many countries without having to provide documents such as hotel reservations or an exact itinerary. A long-term visitor visa usually involves visiting relatives or friends for several months to several years. An invitation and, in some cases, justification for the trip and proof of family ties between the invitee and the invitee are required. A visitor visa does not entitle you to work or earn income in the country you intend to visit during your trip.
A visitor visa requires a personal invitation from an acquaintance, friend or relative. In addition to the basic documents, you will need the original invitation with a surety and a copy of it. In this invitation, the inviting party must undertake to pay all expenses related to the guest's stay in the country. This document must also be certified by the Office for Foreigners.
What are the different types of visitor visas?
Visitor visas are temporary visas that allow visitors to stay in a country for a short period of time without immigration intentions. Visitor visas are usually valid for up to 6 months. There are several types of visitor visas:
- tourist visitor visas
- Visitor visas with work authorization
- Visas for business meetings and signing agreements
- Visas to visit relatives
- marriage visas and others
What documents do I need to apply for visitor visas?
The procedure for obtaining such a visa varies from embassy to embassy. In most cases, you will need to provide some or all of the following documents:
Certificate of employment or study
from a national of the country of destination
Certificate of employment of the inviting person
Certificate from the bank of the inviting person
availability of funds
Visa application form
completed and signed
Please note that information may change. We advise you to consult our visa center to avoid problems when applying for a visa.
The requirements that embassies impose on visa applicants are varied
In some cases, an important place in the issuance of a visa is given to the invitation. Even the smallest nuances matter here. Some embassies may accept only original documents sent by mail, while others may accept copies. In some cases, invitations may be required, drawn up on the official letterhead of the host company, certified by the signatures of responsible persons, indicating the exact dates and purposes of the trip. Different embassies have different requirements in relation to the documents for traveling. Some embassies require already purchased tickets, while others require a confirmed reservation.
Other embassies pay more attention to the financial condition of the visa applicant rather than to the documents. To confirm the availability of funds for the trip may require certificates from the place of work, certificates indicating the amount of income, etc. In addition, in some consulates a lot of attention is given to the interview. Some embassies almost never issue visas without a personal visit. For example, if you are applying for a visa to Canada or the United States.
The immigration officer must be sure that the citizen has honest intentions to visit the chosen country for the purpose of the visit. This means that he or she is entering the country to visit family members or friends, not to study or work. If the reason for the visit is not clear or the immigration office believes that the stated reason is not plausible according to the information provided by the visa applicant, the visa may be denied.
The citizen must also specify the exact period for which he or she plans to enter the country. This period can be no more than 6 months and must be logically consistent with the purpose of the visit. If the citizen cannot specify the exact duration of his/her stay in the country, the immigration service may consider it as an intention to stay for a longer period of time. In such a case, the visa will also be refused.
According to the Immigration Directorates Instructions (IDI), there is no limit to the number of entries a foreigner can make into the country. However, it is assumed that he or she does not plan to stay in the country for more than 6 months in a year. If the person is in the country for most of the year, it may be suspected that he or she intends to work or provide services. If the alien plans to engage in any activity in the country, he or she should apply for a different type of visa than a visitor visa.
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