I am about to leave the US for Hanoi where I have a job with a school. Naturally, they have asked me to bring my documents along to obtain a work visa. Already have the police check sorted out so have my degree, college transcript and teaching certificates that are listed as necessary. My HR contact is asking that I 'certify' these documents. Does getting copies of each document stamped by a notary fulfill this requirement? Is there something more I can do here in America or do I need to do it at the embassy in Vietnam when I arrive. Thanks for any help
OMG, please have all original documents certified by your department of foreign affairs or whichever government office fulfils this task.
Do this before leaving your home country where they were obtained (they may need your universities re-authentication first).
Having done this you can then have them certified as being genuine and unaldulterated by your Embassy in Hanoi.
These will then be acceptable to the department of labour once they have been checked and translated by Vietnamese authorities.
The US embassy in Hanoi does not notarize academic credentials
http://vietnam.usembassy.gov/notarials.html, but they will notarize a blank affidavit (50 bucks) in which YOU declare YOUR academic credential is authentic...California (and I imagine most states) has apostile/certification offices for academic records...20 bucks. To be safe I'd do it before coming to Vietnam.