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Apostille or Authentication/Legalization?
Which One?


Unsure whether your document requires an Apostille or an Authentication/Legalization?
Simply put:
For a document to go through the apostille process, the document must have been issued in a country party to the Hague Convention for use in another country party to the Hague Convention.
For a document to go through the Authentication/Legalization process, the document in question is intended for use in a country that is not party to the Hague Convention.


 

The following 113 countries are members of the Hague Apostille Convention and will require an Apostille from the Secretary of State or the US Department of State in Washington, DC:

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, European Union, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova (Republic of), Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia.

We can help.
US Visa Connection can handle, and more often than not can expedite, submission to either the Secretary of State or U.S. State Department for most documents and most countries.  
Contact our legalization experts at 877-VISADOC (847-2362) or info@usvisaconnection.com to begin a consultation. We will take the time to understand your apostille needs and work with you through every step of the process to ensure you get the right documents in a timely fashion. 

 

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The following countries are non-members of the Hague Apostille Convention:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar Burma, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Documents intended for use in these countries will need to go through the three phase authentication/legalization process:

  1. U.S. State Certification – Secretary of State Office (all 50 U.S. States)
  2. U.S. Department of State Certification (Washington DC)
  3. Embassy/Consulate Legalization

We can help.
US Visa Connection can handle, and more often than not can expedite, all 3 phases of this process for most documents and most countries.  Contact our legalization experts at 877-VISADOC (847-2362) or info@usvisaconnection.com to begin a consultation. We will take the time to understand your legalization needs and work with you through every step of the process to ensure you get the right documents in a timely fashion. 

 

Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call us at 877-VISADOC (847-2362)

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Document Apostille

The Apostille process is for documents to be used in countries which do take part in the Hague Convention.
US Visa Connection can carry out your entire apostille process in an expedited manner and provide you with all the requirements to get your documents authenticated for the country of use.
The proper and lawful procedure of getting a document certified through the chain authentication-legalization process consists of 3 steps:

An Apostille is a stamp that ensures the authenticity of your official documents. Apostilles are issued by the United States government certifying your documents.
Important Note: For an apostille to be accepted, the document must have been issued in one country party to the Hague Convention for use in another country party to the Hague Convention.

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Document Authentication &
Embassy/Consulate Legalization

The Authentication and Legalization process is for documents to be used in countries which are not part of the Hague Convention and require the Authentication and Embassy/Consulate legalization procedure.
US Visa Connection can carry out your entire certification process in an expedited manner and provide you with all the requirements to get your documents authenticated for the country of use.
The proper and lawful procedure of getting a document certified through the chain authentication-legalization process consists of 3 steps:

  1. Secretary of State certification
  2. US Department of State certification
  3. Legalization of document from embassy

Corporate documents that require certification fall into two categories: government documents and non-government documents:
Examples of government documents include:

  • Good standing certificates
  • Federally chartered bank documents
  • Certified copies of formation documents
  • Certificates of merger
  • Assumed name certificates
  • Patent and trademark documents
  • Agency documents (IRS, FDA, etc.)

Examples of non-government documents include:

Personal

  • Diplomas
  • Transcripts
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage cettificates
  • Divorce Decrees
  • Criminal background checks
  • Powers of Attorney

Commercial

  • Board resolutions
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Agreements/Contracts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Certificates of Good Standing
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