Questions and Answers
What is The Hague Conference?
This is an intergovernmental convention which set about establishing a simplified system to allow documentation originating in one member country, to be easily recognised as authentic in another member country. The norms were established at The Hague Convention of 6 th of October 1961.
What is an Apostille?
This is the documentary device by which a government department, usually the State Department, Justice Ministry or Foreign Ministry, authenticates a document as genuine, thereby legalizing it for use in another member country under the terms laid out in 1961.
Once a document has been Apostilled, thereby providing official government authentication of the signatures and stamps appearing on it, it is automatically deemed legalised for use in another member country.
An Apostille consists of the following:
(1) name of country from which the document emanates;
(2) name of person signing the document;
(3) the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted;
(4) in the case of unsigned documents, the name of the authority which has affixed the seal or stamp;
(5) place of certification;
(6) date of certification;
(7) the authority issuing the certificate;
(8) number of certificate;
(9) seal or
stamp of authority issuing certificate;
(10) signature of authority issuing certificate.
The simplicity and lack of ambiguity has led to the Apostille becoming a favoured form of validation of documents worldwide, even in countries that are not actually signatories to The Hague Conference.
Why should I get my degree Apostilled?
The simplicity and widespread acceptance of an Apostille, along with its government administered guarantee of authenticity, has resulted in it becoming the most widely used method for legalising a degree for use internationally. Once a degree has been legalised for use with an Apostille, it is legal for use in any member country.
How do I apply for an Apostille?
For you the procedure is quite simple.
Simply print out and complete the application form and send the original document, along with your fee, to us by courier (DHL, FEDEX, UPS etc.) which you can track on the Internet.
How long does it take?
Although it is usually much quicker, we guarantee completion within 21 days of receipt.
We will email you confirmation that the Apostille has been completed and mailed to you via trackable mail. You are issued with a tracking number and can then log into the mail website and track your Apostille back to you.