Still looks like #Spring! #Nofilter

26 Jul

#Changchun is full of green and flowers. Everywhere you look people are growing & planting things! #nofilter

Document Authentication & Apostilles

26 Jul

Many countries and international university may require Americans to get what is called an Apostille or Authentication of their Diplomas and other documents.  If you are applying for a university abroad, a job internationally, etc. they will usually ask for your diploma and maybe a police background check as well. Initially, they will just ask you for a “photocopy” of the document, but maybe later they will want you to “authenticate the document” or include an Apostille.  

What does this mean exactly?  What it means is that they don’t trust your document precisely, in fact they don’t trust anyone’s documents.  These countries are asking you for a “second-level” of security to make sure your document is not a fake or copy.  It isn’t enough these days to just get an original copy of your document and mail that to them. Now, they want your state and federal government to also attest to their validity.  

Basically, the international standard for “verifying the legality of documents” is to have the State and Federal government notarize or “certify them.” This involves sending the original and a copy to your state department, then send that to the United States federal government, and sometimes then onto that foreign nation’s embassy for a final stamp.  

Obviously, such a process is long and costly in terms of time and money.  So many countries got together and signed an agreement that you can instead get a document called the “APOSTILLE.”  This document is given to you by your state department and does not require the federal or embassy steps.  Much faster right?   Sometimes — not all countries actually follow that rule, and it kind of depends on your state.  

But regardless, you always have to start with this step – get the State Department to sign off on your document to prove it is legit.  Below are links to the websites for each state where you can order document authentications and apostilles!

1. Alabama 
2. Alaska
3. Arizona
4. Arkansas (Rules)
5. California 
6. Colorado
7. Connecticut 
8. Delaware
9. District of Colombia
10. Florida 
11. Georgia 
12. Hawaii 
13. Idaho 
14. Illinois
15. Indiana 
16. Iowa 
17. Kansas
18. Kentucky 
19. Louisiana
20. Maine 
21. Maryland 
22. Massachusetts 
23. Michigan 
24. Minnesota 
25. Mississippi 
26. Missouri 
27. Montana
28. Nebraska 
29. Nevada 
30. New Hampshire
31. New Jersey 
32. New Mexico 
33. New York 
34. North Carolina 
35. North Dakota 
36. Ohio
37. Oklahoma 
38. Oregon 
39. Pennsylvania
40. Rhode Island 
41. South Carolina 
42. South Dakota
43. Tennessee 
44. Texas
45. Utah 
46. Vermont 
47. Virginia
48. Washington
49. West Virginia 
50. Wisconsin 
51. Wyoming

Yellow Caterpilkar

25 Jul

I made a new #friend today. Isn’t he cute! He needs a name though. . .

It’s #Time! — #Changchun here I come!

23 Jul

The big change has arrived! Tomorrow, I am closing up my home in Henan and moving to Changchun, Jilin. Northeast Normal University (#NENU) has been amazing and very helpful in this long process. They have really gone above and beyond with the resettlement process! We have been in Henan for three years now, and had some wonderful experiences. It’s really made me grow as both a teacher and a person. I have loved my students here so much from my first Bus. Eng. 1, Bus. Eng. 2, and Finance 7 classes to this year’s international students, Statistics kids, and Finance 1. I’m gonna miss you guys so much! Of course most of you already graduated so I would miss you anyway 😛 Very sad to leave so many great friends and “in-my-heart” family members behind, but I promise to stay in touch with everyone and we can always communicate on #WeChat / #Weixin! Everyone is welcome to come and visit some time, we’re very close to the ice sculptures of #Harbin

Excited to meet my new students and for the opportunity to meet new friends! I’ll post pictures soon!

 
 
 

#Cheonggyecheon Stream

16 Jul

The World Through #Tech Eyes

14 Jul

The #Tech world – always communicating behind glass, usually with filters distorting the view.  Looking each other face – to – face might help us see one another more clearly.

#Cheese Erasers! 😂

11 Jul

Haha! My Uncle used to own a #Cheese plant – this picture is for him.  He is the totally awesomest dude ever! Miss you!  And Everyone who has lived in China and knows the tragedy that is life without cheese!

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Some Latin Phrases Use in Law (A-D)

10 Jul

Latin Phrases for Law (A – C.jpg

Mozarella #Cheese Corn Dog! – #Foodie

9 Jul

Mozarella Cheese Corn Dog – 2,000 KRW – at #Namdaemun Street Market in #Seoul (the oldest traditional market in the city) 

Better than #myeongdong imo.

Get a Chinese #Visa in #Seoul

7 Jul

china L visa에 대한 이미지 검색결과

Lived in China for 3 years, but there is still so much we haven’t seen!  So we were planning a tourism trip around some famous spots, but our Residence Permits expired in early July, leaving us no time.  

We ended up booking a last minute trip to Seoul, South Korea (beautiful city and country! Definitely recommend a visit.) in order to leave before our visas ran out and needed to get new tourist visas to go do our travel plans. But I had a pain in the neck time figuring out if I could actually GET a Chinese visa in Seoul.   

A couple websites told me that only certain embassies offered it.  Other sites said I had to have an ARC (Korean Alien Resident Card).  Since those cards are only give to foreign residents, that was kind of a blow for me.  (THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT TRUE — SEE BELOW).  I did learn from a few people that having a Chinese visa in the past could help.  

I decided to run with it and here is the step-by-step process I used for getting a Chinese Tourist Visa (L Visa) in Seoul! 

VISA APPLICATION CENTER WEBSITE

Contact Information:
Call:  1670-1888
Fax: 02-6260-8855
E-mail: seoulsquarecenter@visaforchina.org

SPECIAL NOTES:

1) Many “copies” are needed in this process (passport copies, visa copies, etc).  Black & White were acceptable. My hotel didn’t have a printer, so I went to a local Kinkos in Seoul.  Just google “Kinkos in Seoul” to find the addresses. They are open 24 hours and weren’t a bad price. The copies were EXCELLENT quality paper–perfect for me.  Continue reading

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