Well, I had to write a letter to the visa office explaining the reasons why I apply for the visa and what my background is in a brief fashion. And at the end of the letter, I used this sentence:

I hereby apply for the study permit so as to leave me enough time to plan my...

Does that sound okay to the native ears? I fear it almost sounds like I am about to claim a right in a law-related context or to declare something to the public.

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    It does sound a little like a legal proclamation and I personally wouldn't use it ... but the visa office probably sees a lot of oddly phrased letters from foreign students, so I doubt they'll care one way or the other.
    – Andrew
    Jul 23, 2017 at 15:29
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    Tip: Try "I am now applying..." rather than "I hereby apply..."
    – J.R.
    Jul 23, 2017 at 20:28
  • Oh I just took it out and said, "for the reason mentioned above, I apply for..." I hope that sounds good.
    – Reactor4
    Jul 23, 2017 at 20:47

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"Hereby" is a bit too formal and archaic for most contexts including this one. It is generally falling out of common use. There are several good suggested alternatives in the comments. For example,

I am now applying...


For the reasons above, I am applying for...

depending on the rest of the letter.


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