LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR MARRIAGE WITH VIETNAMESE CITIZENS IN VIETNAM

 I.  A U. S. resident, seeking to get married in Vietnam, may submit in person or by mail documents for marriage registration to the Consulate General for legalization  before bringing them to Vietnam for subsequent procedures.

A regular set of documents includes:

1. Affidavit of Single Status: The signature of the applicant on the Affidavit of Single Status should be notarized by a notary public, then the signature/competency of the notary public should be authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

2. Certificate of Non-marriage/Certificate of No Record: certified that the applicant has not get married since he/she reaches marriage age or since he/she got divorced. This document is usually issued by a County Clerk or a relevant local authority. This document should be authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

3. Application for Marriage Registration: You should fill up the application and have it notarized. Leave the column of the other applicant blank if you don’t know his/her information.

4. Biographic Information Sheet: You should fill up the sheet and have it notarized.

5. Pre-marital Examination of Mental Health issued by an authorized doctor or medical organization confirming that the applicant has no mental illnesses, or has a mental problem but not to the extent of losing consciousness of his/her own actions. This document should be notarized then authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

6. Statement of Non-Impedement to Marriage, notarized by a Notary Pulbic.

7. A notarized photocopy of the personal and signature pages of the applicant’s passport/greencard.

8. Divorce decree (if applicable): the decree should be certified by a Court Clerk or a Judge, and then authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

9. Death certificate of ex-spouse (if applicable): the certificate should be certified by a County Clerk or a relevant person, and then authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

10. Power of attorney: The applicant can, with a power of attorney, empower his/her fiance(e) to submit the application package to competent authorities in Vietnam in advance. The power of attorney should be notarized, then authenticated by a relevant State- Level Secretary of State.

Fees: can be paid in cash if applied in  person. Otherwise, the fees must be in the form of MONEY ORDER, or CASHIER’S CHECK, or CERTIFIED CHECK payable to “The Consulate of Vietnam”.

Mail back: A self-addressed postage-paid return envelope should be submitted if the applicant requests the legalized documents to be returned by mail. The Consulate recommends that applicant(s) use USPS Express Mail or FedEx with the tracking numbers.  USPS - United States Postal Service (prepaid postage stamp envelope or return label) can be bought online at www.usps.com or prepaid return FedEx label can be bought online at www.fedex.com. You are advised to keep the tracking number for your own reference.

*Note:

- The documents mentioned in items 1, 2, 3, 4,5, and 9, should not be notarized or issued more than 6 months at the time of submitting the application package to competent authorities in Vietnam.

- If a number of documents are notarized by the same notary public, just one certificate of authentication from Secretary of State is needed for the signature/competency of that notary public.

II.  Processing time takes up to 5-7 working days. In case of urgency, processing time takes up to 1-3 working days (additional fees required).

* Upon receiving the documents, applicants are advised to double check the accuracy of all the information and inform the Consulate of any errors immediately. Otherwise, they will solely bear responsibility for any hindrance afterwards.

For further information, please contact the Consular Section

 

1700 California St, Suite 580 San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone:
(415)922-1707 - (415)922-1577
Fax:     
(415)922-1848 - (415)922-1757