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inviting aunt and family

Hello all,
I am planning to invite my maternal aunt and family on visitor visa, on submission of application, the embassy in New Delhi has requested for additional documents to prove we have enough space to accommodate them. I have already submitted my rental agreement, what other document can I submit? Have anyone been in this situation before. Advice please.
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Re: inviting aunt and family

Have not, no.
I guess if your lease contract states it is 3.5 apartment and it names you, your wife, your 2 kids, the dog...then they want to know where they will sleep (though that question would f*** piss me off no end...last Christmas we had family camping on the living room floor on inflatable mattresses for 7 days, kids sleeping on our kids bedroom floor...great Christmas spirit was had by all!)


Send them a copy of the floor plans?
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Old 26.06.2017, 11:42
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Hello all,
I am planning to invite my maternal aunt and family on visitor visa, on submission of application, the embassy in New Delhi has requested for additional documents to prove we have enough space to accommodate them. I have already submitted my rental agreement, what other document can I submit? Have anyone been in this situation before. Advice please.
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If the rental agreement is insufficient, how would we know what else they want to see?

Just ask them directly, instead of having a bunch of people on a random internt forum speculate about what they may or may not want to see...
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...agree, and ask them why the F...., sorry,...ahem, and why would they like to know?
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Old 26.06.2017, 11:51
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...agree, and ask them why the F...., sorry,...ahem, and why would they like to know?
...to which their response may be to reject the visa. So careful with that....
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...agree, and ask them why the F...., sorry,...ahem, and why would they like to know?
There's restrictions on how many people are 'allowed' to live in an apartment, also for safety reasons (think in case of a fire, for example). Though that's normally for the landlord to approve (or not approve cause he has no obligation to allow the apartment to be "overcrowded", even if only temporarily). Maybe that's the real challenge here and some connection between landlord and embassy, who knows, cause again, it's completely useless speculation.
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Old 26.06.2017, 11:55
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Have not, no.
I guess if your lease contract states it is 3.5 apartment and it names you, your wife, your 2 kids, the dog...
Maybe a dumb question, but does the lease always state everyone living there, including kids and pets? I ask because maybe the lease only says OP has a flat with X rooms but doesn't specify how many people are living there. Or maybe OP has a small flat but is inviting 15 family members, thus the reason for the extra questioning.

OP, I recommend contacting them and asking what "additional documents" they would like to see as additional proof.
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Could a letter from landlord permitting a temporary accommodation for the guests help? Thanks
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Could a letter from landlord permitting a temporary accommodation for the guests help? Thanks
Maybe. Who knows. Ask the embassy.
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Thanks. Shall check
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...agree, and ask them why the F...., sorry,...ahem, and why would they like to know?
Because they are not interested having 10 people living in a 1 room appartement, apart from anything else it is a fire risk
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Have not, no.
I guess if your lease contract states it is 3.5 apartment and it names you, your wife, your 2 kids, the dog...then they want to know where they will sleep (though that question would f*** piss me off no end...last Christmas we had family camping on the living room floor on inflatable mattresses for 7 days, kids sleeping on our kids bedroom floor...great Christmas spirit was had by all!)


Send them a copy of the floor plans?
The general rule to work by for family reunification is number of people less one so your example of 2 adults and 2 kids works. If the OP's aunt and family however also consist of 2 adults and 2 kids then they're probably going to be looking for at least a 5.5 room place. And while camping on floors might be alright for a few days (ignoring the fire hazard for the moment) if they're coming to stay for several months it certainly won't be.
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Re: inviting aunt and family

They are a family of 3, and will be staying with us for 3 days.
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Re: inviting aunt and family

If OP says anything about:
- Length of intended stay.
- Number of invited person.
- size of apartment.
we may help.

2 people for 1 or 2 weeks even in a small 2 room apartment is less a problem than 10 people for 2 months in a 5 room apartment.
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Re: inviting aunt and family

3.5 room apartment
inviting 3 adults
stay for 3 days. They will be in europe for 40 days but will be on tour.

We are a family of 3. (2 adults, 1 kid)
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Re: inviting aunt and family

Agree with the above comments and would like to add mine:
Our lease specifies maximum people allowed to stay with us as guests.
Read your rental contract, could there be anything restricting the number of guests at one time?
It is understandable, that, from time to time, one would want a big family reunion with ensuing fun, squabbles, arguments and jolly parties...
If you feel your flat may not be seen as enough for 3-4-5 people, it is worth booking a hotel or airbnb and then cancelling the booking, once visas have been processed. It is borderline inappropriate and you may have to face the wrath of neighbours if they see a lot of people coming and going...
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3.5 room apartment
inviting 3 adults
stay for 3 days. They will be in europe for 40 days but will be on tour.

We are a family of 3. (2 adults, 1 kid)
My common sense would tell me that is just about ok for 3 days. But not longer cause the apartment would be WAY too small.

But that is just me. Authorities may disagree. Or think that they will end up staying much longer...
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Agree with the above comments and would like to add mine:
Our lease specifies maximum people allowed to stay with us as guests.
Mine does not Strange clause . Wonder if it is actually enforceable

@OP, sound good to me. But I am not an immigration officer. Albeit the 40 days are on the high side. Do you know someone which has such a long stay approved.

Did you also provide the embassy with a detailed travel itinerary for the Europe tour and have you already booked all the hotels?
The embassy may have the impression they will stay the whole time in your apartment.
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...Did you also provide the embassy with a detailed travel itinerary for the Europe tour and have you already booked all the hotels?
The embassy may have the impression they will stay the whole time in your apartment.
That's what I was thinking. OP has just 2 bedrooms, which for 5 adults and 1 kid is probably not enough for the authorities if they think it's for 40 days.
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3.5 room apartment
inviting 3 adults
stay for 3 days. They will be in europe for 40 days but will be on tour.

We are a family of 3. (2 adults, 1 kid)
If you have booked any accommodation for the grand tour of Europe, it may be worth attaching copies of those bookings and provide a general itinerary.

If you apply for a 40-day visa, it is understable that they are concerned about overcrowding or a potential breach of some cantonal/community statutes.
So if you provide more accommodation info for other places you plan to visit, that would definitely help swiss consulate make the right decision and in your favour.
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