Non-resident Indian Sponsorships for Studies and Further Education

Sponsoring your relatives in India for further studies

IndiaEvery year (around this time) we receive many calls from clients who are sponsoring their relatives for further studies on other countries. Generally, this applies to non-resident Indians now living in Australia with relatives in India who will be undertaking a course of some sort through a university in India. Generally, the forms necessary to confirm the sponsorship are provided by the university, and each university may have its own sponsorship form containing its preferred terms and conditions for the sponsorship.

In most cases, the sponsorship form will detail the students name and address as well as the course that they intend to study. The sponsor will also have their name and address with an indication of the amount they pledge to the university to cover the student’s fees and expenses associated with the course and in some cases with college and living expenses. The sponsorship form will need to be notarised, and this is essentially what we can do to assist you if you find yourself looking for a notary public to help you with this form.

What sponsorship form?

Depending on which university your relative intends to enrol in, you should ask them to provide you with the sponsorship form (sometimes a sponsorship letter) specifically for that university. There is little point to write your own letter or use a different university’s letter and go to the expense of having it notarised only for it to be rejected by the intended university because it is not in accordance with their requirements. A simple internet search reveals that many universities publish their ‘standard’ sponsorship forms or the content of their requires sponsorship letters on the internet, however we recommend not relying on your own searches – rather approach the university directly (or obviously ask the relative that you are sponsoring to do this) to make sure you are going to be using the correct form.

VFS or consulate endorsement required?

Our experience suggests that the NRI sponsorship forms do not need to be endorsed or countersigned by VFS or the Chinese Consulate. Rather, after the forms have been signed and notarised by us, our clients usually send them to the sponsored student or to the relevant university.

In all cases, clients who need assistance with having this form notarised will need to make an appointment with our office. The process for notarisation is simple. You simply need to ensure that your form or letter is correct as well as the spelling of all names and vital information and then contact our office to make an appointment. At the time of your appointment, you will need to sign the form in our presence so that we can confirm we have witnessed your signature. We will then notarise your document by placing a stamp on all pages and the certification and seal on the back page with your signature.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public


Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct as at the time of publication. You should only rely on information and advice that is specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.

Posted: 2015-08-27 08:00:02 / Last edited: 2018-05-26 15:09:09