What is an Apostille

The apostille is the international stamp, standard according to registration, which confirms the legality of a certain paper. It is placed on a document or is drawn up as the supplement to it. The apostille is put on original documents of state standard or on their notarized copies and cannot be put on the documents not issued by public authorities.

Why do you need the Apostille stamp?

By understanding what apostille is, it will be easier to understand why it’s required. Almost all the documents required for international purposes must be translated and legalized. In 1961, apostille was adopted by the Hague Convention Abolishing the procedure for consular legalization, which greatly simplifies giving legal force to the document, by putting an apostille on it. Since then, all countries that have acceded to this Agreement may legalize the paper by apostille.

In other words, an apostille is the confirmation of the document authenticity, as well as the confirmation of the fact that the person, who has signed the correspondent document, had all necessary powers for it.

What may be apostilled?

The apostille stamp cannot be put on documents of the countries, which are not participating in the Hague Convention signing.

In this case, the state authorities – such as the department of state – will check and assess your document.

What is the procedure for obtaining an apostille?

To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be certified (with respect to the authenticity of the capacity and signature of the person signing the document) by an officer recognized by the authority that will issue the apostille. These certifications typically include documents signed by a notary public, county clerk or state registrar.

Once a document has been certified for authenticity, an apostille can be issued by a designated authority in a country where the Apostille Convention is in force. In the United States, apostilles are signed by competent authorities, which include the secretary of state or equivalent in U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the clerks and deputy clerks of U.S. federal courts and the U.S. Department of State Office of Authentications. If you still have any problem you can follow the simplified process explained by Document translation USCIS Immigration.

What documents are eligible for an apostille?

Some of the most common documents requiring legalization with an apostille certificate are powers of attorney, passports, diplomas, and birth, marriage and death certificates. In addition, an apostille certificate can authenticate public documents, including

          • Court documents
          • Administrative documents
          • Notarial acts
          • Official certificates

What does an apostille certification contain?

In the United States, apostille certifications may differ from one state authority to another. However, there are similar attributes shared by all:

• Data regarding the public document to which the apostille is to be affixed
• The country in which the apostille is published
• Authority of the public official
• The seal or stamp on the public document
• Place where the apostille was allotted
•  Issuance Date
• Certificate number assigned to the apostille
• Seal or stamp of proficient authority and signature of the competent authority

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