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declaration of duty/obligation (Verplichtungserklärung) for visitor visa

My parents went to embassy of Switzerland in my home country to apply for visitor visa. The embassy gave them a letter called verplichtungserklärung ( roughly means declaration of duty/obligation ).
In the letter, I should sing that I will be able to pay until 30,000 CHF for expenses of travel .

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1- In the invitation letter, I stated that I will cover all the expenses and I attached my bank statement. Why did they ask for this document?
2- In the embassy, they claimed that it will took one months to have this document signed. Have anybody had this case before ? how long does it take ?
3- Should I go to the Gemeinde for this or Immigration Amt in Zurich ?
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Old 26.08.2008, 07:01
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Re: declaration of duty/obligation (Verplichtungserklärung) for visitor visa

I had to do the same thing last year for my husband's parents, coming from Ukraine. You need to garantee that in case of health troubles of your guests, you will cover their expenses, up to 30K. The thing to do, is to take a temporary health insurance for the guests. Several companies do that, for around 80.-

You sign the form the embassy gave your guests and take it to the Gemeinde. They will sign it and send it back to the embassy who should then approve the visa.

When we did it, the whole procedure took a month (mostly because of the mailing delays between countries), but once this doc was signed, it took 3 days for the embassy to stamp the visa on the passport :-)

(and our guests were fine, so no need to pay 30K in the end)
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You need to garantee that in case of health troubles of your guests, you will cover their expenses, up to 30K. The thing to do, is to take a temporary health insurance for the guests. Several companies do that, for around 80.-
Thanks for reply.
Just a quick question :
In case that I show that I have more than 30k CHF in my account to cover health troubles, would it be necessary again to take these insurances ? if yes, can you please tell me the name company for this ?
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Old 26.08.2008, 08:40
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Re: declaration of duty/obligation (Verplichtungserklärung) for visitor visa

I also had more than 30K in my bank account and still took one of those insurances, for just a 5 days visit. Better safe than sorry, especially with health costs in CH.

Companies that do these visitor insurances:
http://www.elvia.ch/
http://www.erv.ch/
http://www.evasan.com/fr/about.html
I used Evasan.
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