Visa Application: When can you be sponsored and what documents do you need from your sponsor
You do not need a sponsor if you are self-employed unless the trip is in the interest of your sponsor.
If you are employed, you also do not need a sponsor unless you are traveling on behalf of your company, or the trip is in the interest of any other person sponsoring you.
You need a sponsor if you are dependent of someone and such person is the perfect sponsor.
Visa officers usually doubt if a non-dependent is being sponsored. In this case, you have to give reasons why someone else is paying for your trip.
Documents Needed From Your Sponsor
Letter of Sponsorship
This is a letter addressed to the embassy indicating your sponsor’s commitment to pay for your trip. The letter must state the relationship between the sponsor and the applicant, and why he/she intends paying for your trip.
If you are not sponsored by your parents, it’s advisable to indicate why they are not paying for your trip.
If you are related to your sponsor, you can include a document to confirm this relation. If you are sponsored by your parents or siblings, your birth certificate should be able tell that indeed they are your parents or siblings. In case of your brothers or sisters, include their birth certificates as well. If you are being sponsored by your spouse, your marriage certificate will confirm your relation.
If you are being sponsored by your uncle, sometimes your birth certificate can do the magic if he shares the same surname with your parent.
Bank Statements are needed; usually three to six months statements from licensed banks. Though embassies accept statements from rural banks and microfinances, it’s strongly advised that you don’t use them in your visa applications. The balance of the statement is also important. Click HERE to read how to know if your sponsor is having enough balance in account.
Proof of employment and income
Funds in the bank statements must be defended with your sponsor’s source of income. If your sponsor is self-employed, business registration, invoices, tax clearance certificate and other any other document to prove a running business are required.
If your sponsor is a salary worker, then these documents would be needed rather as proof of employment and income:
- Letter of introduction from employer
- Appointment letter, if available
- 3 to 6 months payslips
If your sponsor has any fixed deposits or other investments, you can include them for the embassy to know how strong he/she is financially.
Include a copy of your sponsor’s ID. If your sponsor has a travel history, especially to the country you are visiting, you can include copies of visas issued him/her.
Proof of remittances
If you are dependent of your sponsor, then you can add any proof of funds you’ve been receiving from him/her, if any. If your sponsor lives abroad, then definitely you have some Western Union or Moneygram receipts to include.
Traveling on behalf of a company?
If you are embarking on a business trip on behalf of a company, it means the trip is being sponsored by the company.
The company has to issue to you a Letter of Introduction and Sponsorship indicating their commitment and interest in the trip. The company’s business registration documents, tax clearance certificates and bank statements should be included in the application.
Though the company is sponsoring for your trip, you still have to include your personal bank statement and payslips which will indicate that you truly receive salaries from your employer.