Apostille

Apostilles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention. A list of these authorities is maintained by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Examples of designated authorities are embassies, ministries, courts or (local) governments. An Apostille certificate verifies that the document to which it relates is authentic and has been checked in its country of origin. Once this certificate or stamp has been attached the document is legalized and is acceptable to overseas authorities in countries that have joined the Hague Convention. Requirements vary from country to country and many countries that are not party to the Convention also recognize Hague Apostille Certificates. Those that do not may require further embassy legalization.

   Apostille attestation is a way of attesting the required documents so that they can be made admissible in any country that belongs to the Hague Convention. Document apostille is an attestation of the global level that is legally acceptable in more than 116 countries, most of the European & American countries accept the format.

What is Apostille?

Dictionary explanation for apostille meaning just implicates as a French word that means ‘certification’, and in a formal context, an apostille is basically a formality of proving the authenticity and credibility of the document. When you apostille a document, an apostille sticker and/or an apostille stamp is obtained from the authority. It is a computer generated with a unique identification number and is applied to the back of the document. This maintains a record online and allows the concerned authorities to check the authenticity in a more convenient manner. The body or organization which you are presenting the documents should be able to advise you whether you need to have them legalized / Apostil led. You can obtain advice generally from the relevant Government Department, Educational Establishment, Embassy, and Consulate.

When is Apostille Required?

Document apostille is required when there is need to eradicate the necessity of document legalization when going to the foreign countries for all sorts of reasons, for instance, obtaining employment visa or work visa, applying for temporary or permanent residency, or for pursuing education on student visa, carrying out deals for business expansion e.g. importing or exporting products. This requirement is mandatory for the countries which are part of the Hague convention.

What is Hague Convention?

The Hague Convention , also called Apostille Hague Convention or Apostille Convention, was signed on 5th of October, 1961 in the town of Luxembourg. However, it only became effective from 14th of January, 1965. The convention was brought into action in order to abolish the necessity of legalization of documents and certificates to make the liberalization among the countries more convenient. When one obtains an apostille on documents, there is no need of same on the documents again for another signatory country. Barriers in trading and other areas have been reduced and there is better accessibility through the nations. An Apostille is the legalization of a document for international use (only in the member countries of the Hague Convention). many nations joined to create a simplified method of “legalizing’ documents for universal recognition. This group of nations is known as the Hague Convention. They adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that is internationally recognized by all member nations.

Which countries require apostille of documents?

The Apostille Hague Convention countries that comprise the convention are about 116 in number and apostille of documents is needed for these nations only. Following is the list of all the Hague Convention countries:

Albania

Czech Republic

Liberia

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Andorra

Denmark

Liechtenstein

Saint Lucia

Antigua and Barbuda

Dominica

Lithuania

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Argentina

Dominican Republic

Luxembourg

Samoa

Armenia

Ecuador

Malawi

San Marino

Australia

El Salvador

Malta

Sao Tome and Principe

Austria

Estonia

Marshall Islands

Serbia

Azerbaijan

Fiji

Mauritius

Seychelles

Bahamas

Finland

Mexico

Slovakia

Bahrain

France

Moldova, Republic of

Slovenia

Barbados

Georgia

Monaco

South Africa

Belarus

Germany

Mongolia

Spain

Belgium

Greece

Montenegro

Suriname

Belize

Grenada

Morocco

Swaziland

Bolivia

Guatemala

Namibia

Sweden

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Guyana

Netherlands

Switzerland

Botswana

Honduras

New Zealand

Tajikistan

Brazil

Hungary

Nicaragua

Tonga

Brunei Darussalam

Iceland

Niue

Trinidad and Tobago

Bulgaria

India

North Macedonia

Tunisia

Burundi

Ireland

Norway

Turkey

Cape Verde

Israel

Oman

Ukraine

Chile

Italy

Panama

United Kingdom of  Great Britain

China,

Japan

Paraguay

Northern Ireland

(Hong Kong & Macao Only)

Kazakhstan

Peru

Uruguay

Colombia

Korea, Republic

Philippines

Uzbekistan

Cook Islands

Kosovo

Poland

Vanuatu

Costa Rica

Kyrgyzstan

Portugal

Venezuela

Croatia

Latvia

Romania

 

Cyprus

Lesotho

Russian Federation

 


Which documents needed for Apostille?

There primarily are three main types of legal documents - personal, educational and commercial.

a) Personal Documents:

It is pretty clear from the term that personal document apostille is the legalization of documents that contain personal data. Which are, marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce certificate, death certificate, medical certificate, experience certificate, police clearance certificate, passport copies. Etc.

b) Educational Documents(certificates):

The documents that are proof of your educational history that deal with your academic performances and the courses accomplished over time are called as educational documents. Which are, degree certificate, diploma certificate, provisional certificate, marksheet, transfer certificate, transcript certificate, school leaving certificate. Etc.

c) Commercial Documents:

The documents that approve of the business capital owned by any entrepreneur are referred to as commercial documents. These include documents like property papers, partnership deeds, Memorandum of Association, power of attorney, board resolution, certificate of incorporation, insurance certificate, commercial invoice, invoice bill. Etc.

 Why TAFSIR Attestation?

Tafsir are ranked among the best apostille services in UAE and provide quality services and excellent customer support. We also have 24/7 accessibility and are available online taking queries and supporting the customers in need.  To get Apostille stamp is quite hard for an individual to do the apostille process on their own as it’s not a direct process and there are different steps involved for each document type. Tafsir can approach such services for legalization/apostille, which can save your valuable time and energy. The reason behind this is we have our counterparts in all the countries of Hague convention. So, you can blindly trust us for our Apostille services.

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