Are you a Canadian citizen or a resident planning to visit, work, study or getting married in Vietnam? If so, you may need to have your official Canadian documents apostilled, authenticated, and legalized for use in Vietnam. This process ensures that your documents are recognized and accepted by Vietnamese authorities. The following guide will provide you with an overview of this process and the steps you need to follow.
- Apostille: Vietnam is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, which means that an Apostille certificate cannot be used to validate your documents for use in Vietnam. Instead, you will need to follow the authentication and legalization process.
- Authentication: Authentication is the first step in validating your Canadian documents for use in Vietnam. This involves having your documents verified by the Authentication and Service of Documents Section (JLAC) of Global Affairs Canada. The JLAC checks the signatures and seals of the issuing authorities on your documents and verifies their authenticity.
To authenticate your documents, you will need to:
a. Prepare your original documents, such as your birth certificate, marriage certificate, educational documents, or police clearance certificates.
b. Fill out the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Request Form.
c. Mail or hand-deliver your documents, along with the completed request form, to the JLAC office in Ottawa.
Please note that the processing time for authentication can vary, and it is advisable to begin this process well in advance of your planned travel to Vietnam.