I was planning on posting this in the "chat" section but I thought maybe it is a worthwhile question.
Here is some background
- I am an Indian citizen in the USA on an F1 visa.
- I have received a job offer/convention d'accueil from a French research lab (in France)
- The French lab/French government want me to produce two original birth certificates that are apostiled for health insurance, social security purposes.
- The Ministry of external (MEA) affairs in India will apostil my birth certificates for me... but...
- The MEA wants me to appear in person with my birth cert.
- If I am to have someone else do this on my behalf (viz., my father), they would need me to prove that I am out of the country.
- The one approach they recommended is to fax a copy of my passport, I-94 and US F1 Visa copies to an Indian fax machine. The idea is that the facsimile would have a US telephone number associated with it.
- Not withstanding the lack of wisdom on the MEA's part that one can spoof US phone numbers via online fax websites etc., I am unable to fax documents from my little town in the Upper Midwest of the USA due to technical difficulties and the fact that my town has only one (that is correct ladies and gentlemen!) fax machine. The nearest fax machine is about 6 hours away.
What other "legal" (want of a better word) methods may I use to prove that I am in the USA and that I CANNOT appear in person at the MEA in India to get my birth certificates apostilled? NO, I cannot appear in person at the MEA in India. For a variety of reasons, I am unable to travel the 6 hours to the nearest fax machine and unfortunately this would appear to be non-negotiable.
=). I travel to france in the summer. After the thaw.