Vietnam fiancée visa Information for Canadian
Your country entitles you to get a fiancee visa to marry your Vietnam wife and sponsor her application for marriage immigration to Canada. Applying for a finacee visa and preparing for marriage immigration can be a time consuming task and you will need to be organized particularly with your Canada documents. To qualify for a spouse visa you must fulfill these basic criteria:
• You must be a Canadian citizen or legal permanent resident aged 18 years or over
• You must be financially independent and able to support her for 3 years after she gets her permanent resident.
• You must also support any dependent children for 10 years or until they are 25
• You must have adequate housing where you, your Vietnamese wife and any dependants can live without relying on state benefits
Changing Your Canada Documents
When official documents issued in Canada are to be used in Vietnam, they need to be notarised, “authenticated” and “legalised “in order for them to be valid there.
The first thing you need to do is get a notary stamp and signature from any notary in Canada. Then get them “authenticated” by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The purpose of the authentication process is to prove the validity of the documents issued in Canada.
The last thing to do is to get your documents translated into Portuguese and “legalised” by the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. After that your documents acquire legal validity in Vietnam.
Documents in Need of Legalization for Marriage in Vietnam:
• Affidavit of Marital Status
• Divorce Decree (if relevant)
• Former spouse’s Death Certificate and previous marriage certificate (if relevant)
• Your Birth Certificate
• Name change certificate (if relevant)
• Your passport cannot be legalised as it is already an internationally recognised document. You must however have photocopies of the ID and bio page notarised as true copies of the original.
Vietnam Visa Requirements
As a Canadian citizen you need a visa to visit Vietnam. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to its expiration date with at least two blank pages available. In order to apply for a visa, you will need a photocopy of round trip ticket to Vietnam or transit ticket or a signed letter from the carrier or travel agent, on company letterhead, with the itinerary, dates of arrival in and departure from Vietnam. You will also need to provide documents that prove your income like a statement of earnings or copy of last year’s income tax. The last thing to do is to pay the consular fees by certified cheque or money order to the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada. You can apply for a visa in person, via a third party or via mail. You will get your visa within 10 working days by mail. Keep in mind that you must arrive in Vietnam within 90 days from the date of issue of the visa.
Once you have prepared all relevant documents, you have your valid passport and a visa, you may make arrangements to fly to Vietnam to join your fiancée.