In order to have your University Degree, Police check Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, etc. legally used in Vietnam, you need to have it certified by the diplomatic missions of your country in Vietnam and then consular legalized in Vietnam. The former procedure is called document authentication for use in Vietnam while the latter one is called consular legalization. In this post, we will learn about the latter as the former may vary depending on the diplomatic missions of foreign countries in Vietnam.
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According to the Government Decree No. No. 111/2011/ND-CP of December 5, 2011 on consular certification and legalization, consular legalization in Vietnam means the competent Vietnamese agencies’ certification of stamps, signatures and titles on papers and documents issued by foreign agencies for being recognized and used in Vietnam.
The consular legalization simply certifies stamps, signatures and titles on papers and documents, not certifying contents and forms of papers and documents.
According to article 9 of Decree No. No. 111/2011/ND-CP, the following 4 types of papers and documents will be exempted from consular legalization in Vietnam:
First of all, to be consular legalized by the competent Vietnamese agencies, the papers and documents issued by the foreign agencies should satisfy the following requirements:
And then, before carrying out the consular legalization procedure, you must ensure that:
In Vietnam, you may submit the application for consular legalization of your papers and documents to the following competent agencies:
You can submit your application and receive the result on weekdays and Saturday mornings, except public holidays.
To get our papers consular legalized in Vietnam, you need to follow the following steps:
As guided on the E-portal concerning Consular Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the dossiers that you need to prepare for application for consular legalization in Vietnam shall include:
In case of it is required to check authenticity of your documents; the dossier-receiving officials may request you to present original documents, relevant documents and submit 01 copy of these documents.
You may submit your dossiers to one of the addresses mentioned above in person or by post. If your dossiers are not sufficient, the official there will request you to add. If your documents are sufficient, you will pay the consular legalization fee and get an appointment from the official.
Normally, the processing time is 1 working day since your submission of full required dossiers. However, if your papers or documents consist of at least 10 pages, it may take up to 5 working days for your consular legalization.
You can visit the office where you submit your application on the appointed date to receive your consular legalized papers or documents, or you can receive them by post, depending on your choice upon submission of your dossiers.
If you are not familiar with translation of your documents into Vietnamese o English, completion or application form for consular legalization, or the procedure itself, just contact us for assistance. If possible, we will also help you to find out the procedure for document authentication for use in Vietnam applied by the diplomatic mission of your home country.
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