The process of legalizing documents for non Hague Apostille Countries is either a two or three step process. The steps include State certification, US Department of State certification (if required), and Embassy or Consulate legalization. Depending on the jurisdiction of your documents, either the Embassy or the Consulate office will legalize your documents.
In addition to the steps mentioned above, some documents may require additional steps to complete (Example: Commercial Invoices and Certificate of Origin).
The actual number of steps would depend on the type of documents you, the State your documents originate from, and the country requesting your documents.
Here is an example of the legalization process:
Some countries may also request additional documentation from you. For example, some countries will require a copy of your US Passport or Driver License, while another country will ask for an authorization letter allowing us to represent you at the Embassy or Consulate office. By working with a professional service company, you can rest assure that your documents will be processes quickly saving you time and money.
Here is a list of countries who are not 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
Certifying, attesting, and legalizing documents can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the authentication process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.
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