REGARDING INVIVATION: WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
Don't invite with biggest expectation (so not to feel disappointed in case if it won't work).
Invite on plus-factors (merits) of country, people, places, not forgetting own person – with own person in central (pivot).
Make it understood in the event one or both parties don't think partnership is compatible, all will not be lost. Because of introducing to family and friends and widening of experience (and because next time maybe their family/friends will host you or find somebody suitable for you!)
What kind of VISA will be more suitable in your situation:
read and decide
Enquire from home affairs regarding all necessary requirements for foreign visitors. It may vary in each country. Visa is usually in such circumstances can be as A VISITOR and MARRIAGE (FIANCEE) VISA.
Visitor Visa* usually is given for the duration of maximum 3 months to stay in the country. When the maximum period is expired the person MUST leave (even if it is decided to get married. In such case one should go back and then come back on marriage visa.)
MARRIAGE VISA* is a special visa given on condition that the one who invites and the one who has been invited WILL get married within the period of (usually) 3 months. The one who invites should go to the police station and present a written sworn that he so-and-so invites so-and-so with purpose to get married and it should be sworn by him (who invites). If marriage is conducted in time, the imitated person can stay and apply for a temporary visa permit (followed with application for the ID etc.) If marriage was not officially performed during this specified period, the person must go back.
There are some specification regarding money issue – deposit etc. that should be properly consulted with Home Affairs to avoid disappointed and confusion.
As you can see from the above, if both intentions are serious and you are (almost) sure that you want to enter into Marriage, then Marriage visa is advisable. While if you want to meet only on introductory level, rather apply for Visit visa. However, on Marriage Visa the choice is yours and nobody will force you (or the one who has been invited) into marriage bond. Again, I need to emphasise, that on Visitor Visa one has to go back (even if decided on marriage).
ID should be bring along and a police signature and stamp is REQUIRED on both invitations.
WORDS OF INVITATION
The South African Embassy Russia (specify your country if different)
To whom it may concern
This serves to confirm I, (your full name and ID number) hereby invite (her full name), (place of birth: , Date of Birth: , passport Number ) to vacation in South Africa (or specify which country if different) from (month, year) for a maximum stay of 3 months. I herewith declare that I take full responsibility for her accommodation, meals, transport, security and other considerations for the duration of her stay.
(your signature) (full name again)
your full address
Phone: work:... cell:... home:...
NOTE: Each embassy's requirements is different. For example: South African Embassy in Moscow requires the original invitation - i.e. the invitation should be posted to Moscow by speed-post (DHL or FEDERAL etc). SA Embassy in Moscow won't accept fax, copy or emailed invitation and bank statement.
While one of the requirements is that the one who is invited should provide his own bank statement (official stamped document) for the last 3 months.
When applied for visa, usually the visa is granted within 10 working days.
For more information you can contact SA embassy in Moscow: 07 (495) 540-11-77 (working hours).
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