What is an Apostille?

Any document issued in the United States must be apostilled or legalized when it is to be used in a foreign country. The Apostille is a form of numbered fields, which allows the data to be understood by the receiving country regardless of the official language of the issuing country.

The United States is a member country of the Hague Convention “Abolishing the Requirement of Consular Legalization for Foreign Public Documents of 1961” Under this Convention, member countries agree to facilitate the exchange and verification of documents, an apostille certification will be required for all member countries of the Hague convention.

It is important to know where the document will be ultimately used because some countries are not members of the Hague Convention.

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