Notarising an Affidavit of Support
Why do you need an Affidavit of Support?
There are many different reasons why you might be required to provide an Affidavit of Support.
In this article, we cover three of the main reasons:
- Visa/Immigration purposes, and
- Consent for Minors to Travel.
What’s an Affidavit?
An affidavit is a written statement of facts that is sworn or affirmed to be the truth. The terms ‘affidavit’ and ‘declaration’ are often used interchangeably. However, the term ‘affidavit’ usually refers to written statements used as evidence in court proceedings. On the other hand, the term ‘declaration’ has a more generic use for written statements used in all other situations.
In most cases, the content within the document rather than the name of the document is the most important consideration.
Affidavit of Support for Education
If you’re sponsoring someone in another country to complete their education (in that country or somewhere else), sometimes you may be asked to provide an Affidavit of Support. The Affidavit of Support is intended to confirm that you’re able to financially support that student during their studies.
Different educational institutions have different requirements. Each institution may require you to complete and sign different forms, declarations or affidavits. In addition to the Affidavit of Support, you may also need to provide supporting documentation like bank statements or employment references. If you’re not sure of what’s required, please check with the student or the educational institution.
If the supported student is applying for enrolment in different courses in different educational institutions, then you may also need to provide multiple copies or different versions of the Affidavit of Support. A separate affidavit for each student, for each course or for each institution.
Affidavit of Support for Visa
If you’re assisting someone from another country to apply for a visa to visit Australia (or other countries), you might be asked to provide an Affidavit of Support. The Affidavit of Support confirms that you’re responsible for financially supporting that person during their visit or their travels.
Usually, the Affidavit of Support will be required by the foreign office of the country that person is visiting or travelling to. Different foreign offices may have different specific forms or requirements. It’s important to check what’s required by the supported person. Incorrect forms or not satisfying requirements may delay the processing of the visa.
If the supported person is visiting Australia, the Affidavit of Support is separate from and may be required in addition to the Application to provide an Assurance of Support (SU594). The Assurance of Support generally doesn’t require witnessing or notarisation.
Important information to include in the Affidavit of Support may include:
- Your personal full name and personal details. Usually, passport number, marital status, date of birth, residential address, contact number and email address etc.
- The supported person’s full name and personal details.
- The supported person’s relationship with you.
- The dates of travel or stay in the specific country.
- Confirmation that you will financially support them during their stay, including being responsible for all medical expenses and return travel.
Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel
Often used in addition to the Consent to Travel for children, the Affidavit of Support confirms that you’re responsible for your child’s expenses during their visit or their travels. The Affidavit of Support may still be required regardless of whether the supported child is travelling alone or accompanied by an adult. You may also need to provide evidence of your ability to financially support the child or be responsible for their expenses.
Notarising an Affidavit of Support
If you’re signing the Affidavit of Support in Australia but you’re using it in or sending it to another country (including an Australian foreign office in that country), the affidavit must usually be notarised. This means you must sign it in the presence of a notary public. The notary public will verify your identity, witness your signature and confirm that they have done both. After notarisation, the notarised affidavit may also need to be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and legalised depending on the intended destination country.
As a leading provider of notary public services, we regularly assist people with verifying their identity, witnessing their signature, and notarising their affidavit of support.
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Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.