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Authentication, Legalization & Apostille

UVC works with the local Secretaries of State, United States Department of State and majority Foreign Embassies and Consulates to get the correct legal seal for your international documents. Legalization is a process of document authentication observed by international governments. If you intend to use a US Public Document in a foreign country then local authorities require it to be legalized or apostilled before it can be considered valid. Each country has its own legalization requirements determined by the type of document being legalized and its intended use.

Typical documents that may require legalization and or authentication services are:

  • Academic Certificates
  • Birth, Marriage, and Divorce Certificates
  • Business Contracts
  • Certificates of Incorporation
  • Certificate of No Impediment
  • FBI Background Checks
  • Export Certificates
  • Religious Documents

Before sending any documents to UVC for our legalization or apostille services, you must email copies to info@usvisaconnection.com for one of our specialists to review. Once reviewed, we will respond within 24-48 hours with details including time frame and fee amount. Feel free to contact us at 877-VISA-DOC (847-2362) with any questions you have or if your case is time sensitive so that someone can look over your documents for you right away.

What is Apostille?

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.

What is Legalization

For a document to go through theAuthentication/Legalization process, the document in question is intended for use in a country that is not party to the Hague Convention.

LEGALIZATION EXPLAINED

Legalization is a multi-step process that requires documents to be authenticated by several authorities. Documents to be used in countries that are non-members of the Hague Apostille convention must processed as follows:

  1. Local State Certification – Secretary of State Office (State Level)
  2. U.S. Department of State Certification (Washington DC/Federal Level)
  3. Embassy/Consulate Legalization

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 and Zimbabwe.

Each country will have differant legalization requirements and each document type to be legalized will also have its own requirements.
For this reason, a UVC agent must review your documents before an accurate quote and time frame can be provided.
Please contact UVC for details.

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Contact our legalization experts at info@usvisaconnection.com or 877-847-2362 to begin a consultation. We will take the time to understand your legalization needs and work with you step-by-step to ensure you get the right document service in a timely fashion.

Please note the final price for your order will be determined by the type of documents required and how quickly you need them.

APOSTILLE EXPLAINED

An Apostille is a certificate issued by a local Secretary of State. that is attached to your original notarized document to verify it as legitimate and authentic.
Documents to be used in countries that are members of the Hague Apostille convention must to go through the following processes:

  1. Document Translation (if applicable)
  2. Local Secretary of State Certification (State Level)

The following countries are members of the Hague Apostille Convention: 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, and Zambia.

Each country will have differant apostille requirements and each document type to be apostilled will also have its own requirements.
For this reason, a UVC agent must review your documents before an accurate quote and time frame can be provided.
Please contact UVC for details.

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