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Authenticating documents in Vietnam (American in Hanoi) 2017

 
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nomadic_meow



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Authenticating documents in Vietnam (American in Hanoi) 2017 Reply with quote

I have seen some other threads about this, but they are either a few years old or for citizens of other countries, thus the reboot.

What exactly do US citizens need to bring to the US consulate in Hanoi, and what exactly do we need to get from the consulate so that the Vietnamese government will be happy and move on to the next step?

I have Vietnamese recruiters and companies trying to tell me that they want the US to "authenticate" documents. I have been through this with China too, and it is a total non-starter. The US consulate will not even give you an appointment for that. They simply say they only do authentications (they are talking about the American system!) in the US.

However, I believe people are getting embassy/consulate help in Vietnam. I need to know what exactly they are getting, which the consulate IS doing. Is it for example, a simple signed affidavit that "Yes I promise this is really a legitimate American degree I'm holding here!" I have been told the consulate can do that -- IF that is what is needed.

Now, I also have some word that it may be a notarization that the Vietnamese want. If that is the case, does Vietnam need the stamp to be on original documents? Would they take photocopies?

Or, does this vary by the province of employment location, or with the company? I did have one recruiter take my documents and promise to deliver a shorter term business visa within a couple days, no consular run on my part involved. (It fell through because their job was nothing like they promised and asking the world.)

Thank you for the help. When one more agency says 'get authenticated by the US consulate' ugh. Heh.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, after a lot of run around, it appears all they want is an affidavit from the consulate. At least the company I'm dealing with seemed happy enough with that. Not that they really understand the process either! They also seemed to be under the illusion that the US government is actually verifying the documents themselves, which they are not. But they do understand that you pick Notary/Other to get inside the consulate for this business. Ahem.

Just whatever you do, don't ever mention the word "authenticate" to the US consulate good heavens.

The company also once suggested that my TESOL cert might have to be stamped by the consulate of its own institution's (other) country... But given that the US consulate didn't complain about stamping an affidavit for my promise it's the real deal... That issue seems to have at least gone away.

I also found that if all your documents are going to the same place, then you only need one $50 fee. Never mind what the website might appear to suggest about $50 per document/page even (or was it more like per service, which isn't much clearer)?

Met another teacher in the airport who had gone through the same whole confusing run around and was also delayed by it. Not sure who I'm more annoyed with: The US consulate who should probably have seen this misunderstanding all in English a few hundred times by now, or the companies who can't seem to learn any words besides authenticate.
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