There is a subtle difference between a notarial contract and a spousal affidavit. However, both documents are a crucial part of the application for a life partner visa in South Africa.
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To obtain an Apostille stamp on official documents in South Africa, you must apply at the High Court with the full unabridged document, or the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria, if the document is unabridged
In the early 1950s, the Council of Europe addressed the need to standardise the legalisation process to certify public documents required by destination countries to confirm the legitimacy of public documents presented to them when a traveller or business wished to transact or relocate for a short or permanent stay.
Generally, the parties to a notarial deed are not required to appear before the notary, and instead appoint a representative granting them Power of Attorney to act on their behalf.
Notarial bonds are registered with the Deeds Office for movable property which the debtor has given as security for the repayment of a loan to a creditor.
You will need to act quickly in order to acquire a court order which will allow for you to take possession of the movable property which is covered by the notarial bond
Signing or legalising documents within South Africa for use abroad or vice a versa can be a frustrating experience. Especially after having the documents signed and executed only then to find out that the documents are not legally valid.
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