How do I legalise my documents for Vietnam?
Vietnam is not a member of The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. Therefore, any official documents to be used for any purpose within Vietnam need to be legalised by the country’s Embassy in London.
Prior to Vietnam Embassy legalisation, the document will require an apostille certificate, issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This is an international certificate, placed on the document itself, and is comparable to notarisation in domestic law. The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961 abolished the need for consular legalisation, instead requiring only an apostille certificate from a government body to certify the authenticity of a document. Signatory nations of this convention accept UK-issued documents with only an apostille for use within their border.
The apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp on the document. The apostille does not relate to the content of the underlying document itself.
The process of legalisation of documents by the Vietnam Embassy in London is mandatory for all UK-issued documents to be used in Vietnam for education, work or business purposes. The legalisation of documents by the Vietnam Embassy in London requires submission of an application form, along with the photocopies of the documents to be legalised.
Legalisation by the Embassy provides legal status to the documents, so that they can be presented in Vietnam for work or business permits or any other purpose. All documents presented for Vietnam Embassy legalisation require an apostille certificate from the UK FCO before they are submitted to the Embassy.
The rules for legalisation of documents varies between countries. Documents issued in the UK and destined for use in Vietnam need an apostille stamp from the FCO, the competent authority for doing so in the UK, followed by legalisation by the Vietnam Embassy in London. Various kinds of documents, including personal documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, educational certificates or certificates relating to professional qualifications, business documents and criminal background certificates from the police, etc., need to be legalised for presentation to the Vietnamese authorities.
The process of legalisation by the Vietnam Embassy in London involves the following steps:
- Notarisation of documents by a notary public or a solicitor registered with the FCO, which involves attestation, verification and ratification.
- Apostille certification by the FCO.
- Submission of the legalisation application form, along with the photocopies of the required documents.
Legalisations.org.uk can help you complete the entire process of Vietnam Embassy legalisation in a smooth manner, in the shortest possible time frame. Our experienced consultants are well acquainted with the process and are regularly in touch with the FCO and the Consulate offices in London. Our wide range of services also include translation of documents, whether personal or commercial, into Vietnamese, if required. We also pre-check all documents before submitting them for legalisation, to ensure that they are in the right format, as per the rules of the FCO and the Embassy.
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Please note that Vietnam is not a member of The Hague Apostille Convention 1961 and thus the documents presented for work or business visas need to be apostilled as well as legalised.
The application form for legalisation needs to be filled and signed by the applicant or the agent, and submitted to the Consulate along with the photocopies of the apostilled documents.
The Vietnam Embassy in London accepts payment only in cash or via a company cheque, made payable to the Vietnamese Consulate.
The embassy is open five days a week, from Monday to Friday, between 9:30am and 12:30pm.
All personal, educational and commercial documents to be presented to authorities in Vietnam need to be legalised by the Vietnam embassy in London, since Vietnam is not a part of the Apostille Convention of 1961. These documents also need an apostille certificate from the UK FCO. In some cases, documents will also need to be notarised or authenticated by a solicitor or notary public.
Legalisation involves the authentication, ratification verification and legalisation of documents issued in the UK for use in another country. The Vietnam Embassy in London accepts applications for legalisation, once the form has been duly filled and signed by the applicant or their agent. The form needs to be accompanied by the photocopies of the documents to be legalised.
The team at Legalisations.org.uk is well-versed with the process of legalisation and its requirements. Our team not only submits and collects your documents from the Vietnam Consulate, but also checks for the accuracy of your documents before submission to avoid any risk of rejection. This includes checking the grammar, language, presentation and format of your documents, prior to legalisation.
Our professional staff ensures that your documents have the apostille stamps and are notarised and further translated, if this is required, before submitting them to the consulate. All these services are offered at competitive rates.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Legalisations.org.uk offers a wide range of services associated with document legalisation by the consulates of different countries. Our consultants are well-versed with the entire process and have built strong and long-lasting relationships with the officials at the FCO and Vietnam Embassy. This helps us complete the process with minimal rejections and in the shortest possible time.
We have helped numerous individuals and corporate clients with the attestation, ratification, verification and legalisation of documents before presentation to the Vietnam Embassy in London.
Our services include vetting your documents for accuracy, getting them notarised by an FCO-recognised notary public or solicitor, submitting them to the FCO for the apostille certification and finally submitting them to the embassy, along with the required forms. We will send back all the legalised documents through a courier to your provided address.
In addition to these services, we also have a team of expert and certified translators who can translate the documents into Vietnamese, the official language of Vietnam, if required.
We check your documents to ensure their compliance with the visa policy before presenting them to the Vietnam Embassy for legalisation. Our document checks include all aspects, such as the format, grammar, spelling, completeness and signatures. Since we take care of all the aspects of Vietnam Embassy legalisation, you do not need to personally visit the FCO or the Consulate.
The type of service chosen by you, Standard or Express, will determine our service charges. The Express service ensures that your documents receive the FCO apostille within 3 business days. The cost of this express service is £135. We also offer a standard package, which costs £95 and ensures your documents are legalised and returned to you within six business days.
All documents to be submitted for legalisation to the Vietnam Embassy in London need to be apostilled first. The Vietnam Embassy in London requires photocopies of the documents to be submitted, along with the consular application form for legalisation. The form needs to be signed by the applicant or their agent.
The Vietnam Embassy charges £40 per document for legalisation. Your total legalisation cost will include the consular fees plus our service charges for vetting your documents, getting them translated, their notarisation, and finally the apostille certification.
Once you approach us and inform us about your legalisation requirements, we will get back to you about the total charges, inclusive of our service fees. Additional charges will apply if you wish to receive your documents via courier services. We will update you about the charges once you fill the order form or email us at email@example.com.
The Vietnam Consulate generally takes one working day to complete the processing of documents submitted to it for legalisation. However, the total time for the legalisation of all documents will depend on whether they need to be attested by a notary public or solicitor. Apart from this, we also need a day’s time to get the apostille certificate for your documents from the FCO and this is possible after we check your documents thoroughly for their adherence to the set norms.
When you choose our standard package for legalisation of documents, the entire process will take three or six business days. You can choose the Standard or Express service for legalisation by the Vietnam Embassy in London, depending on the urgency of your requirements.
UK citizens looking to work in the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon or any other part of Vietnam need to apply for a work permit. The process of applying for a work permit for Vietnam involves the submission of several personal and educational certificates, besides clearance from the police. The list of documents that need to be submitted for a Vietnam work permit include:
- Health certificate, which confirms that you are in good health to work in the country.
- Criminal background certificate from the police, issued in the past six months and clears you of any kind of criminal record.
- Educational and other certificates to prove your qualifications.
- Certificates from previous employers, stating you have worked in their organisation.
- Documents such as birth certificate and passport, proving your identity.
Apart from these documents, you can also check with your prospective employer about any document requirements that they have. Additionally, it is best to check if they require any of the documents to be translated into Vietnamese before they can use them in the nation.
The rules for translation of documents into the local language of the country in which they are to be used differ from one country to another. In many cases, the concerned embassy might ask for translation into their official language before they can legalise the documents. The translation in such cases needs to be completed by expert translators, so as to maintain the accuracy and integrity of the documents. The documents need to be translated by an approved translation company for its acceptance by the competent authority for apostille certification. Legalisations.org.uk has an expert team of translators from the Institute of Translators and Interpreters, as well as the Institute of Linguists, who can ensure the best quality translation of your documents.
In the case of the Vietnam Embassy, there is no requirement for documents to be translated into Vietnamese before legalisation. However, Vietnam work visa rules require that the documents to be submitted with the visa application form be translated into Vietnamese by the Justice Division of a District People’s Committee branch or notary service in Vietnam before being submitted.
The address of the Vietnam Embassy in London is:
12-14 Victoria Road,
London W8 5RD
The Vietnam Embassy in London is easily accessible by Bus, Tube or Train and is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Buses route numbers 27, 328, 49, 74 and 0 will take you to Kensington, where the Embassy is located. If you wish to travel by Train, you can travel by the OverGround and TFL trains. The Central, District and Piccadilly tube stations are located in the vicinity of the Vietnam Embassy in London.
Legalisations.org.uk offers the full range of services required for Vietnam Embassy legalisation, doing away with the need for you to personally visit the consulate.