Here is an example of some of the confusion that one can run into when working with the ever changing diplomatic regulations. One of the embassies, that requires students to have documents legalized or stamped with their seal before the student can apply for a visa, advised us that they had started requiring an additional seal from the U.S. Department of State. We advised our clients.
A couple of weeks later one of our clients advised us that they had called the embassy and were advised that the U.S. Department of State Seal was not required. We followed up and were informed by a different staff member that indeed the additional U.S. seal was not required and proceeded getting work done without the additional seal. The new staff member even advised us that they had wondered why all of the documents now had the U.S. Seal.
We continued to try and find out what had happened and in the mean time the original staff member we talked with returned to the embassy and proceeded to advise us that documents from any of the states that fall within the embassies specific coverage area did not need the U.S. seal, but work from other states would need the U. S. seal. We pressed this staff member further and the consul himself came out and advised us that indeed the rules had changed and documents from any of the states outside the embassies coverage area would need the U.S. seal.