After attending the workshop on the benefits of adopting the Apostille Convention, USA representative for APEC observed that APEC’s Economic Committee clearly favors full participation in the Hague Apostille Convention. This is because the committee believes that the adoption of the Hague Apostille will positively strengthen the EoDB (Easy of Doing Business) program, promote international connectivity, and fall in line with APEC’s broader goals of liberalizing international trade and investment.
Kiwis who need their documents to be officially verified for use abroad can now apply and receive them electronically via the e-Apostille program. This program is offered by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Authentication Unit.
An e-Apostille functions in exactly the same way as a physical copy of the Apostille certificate. With the Apostille certification, your document will be accepted in more than 100 countries that participate in the Hague Apostille Convention. These include the United Kingdom, Australia, and the U.S.A.
In the past, Apostille applications and certificates were sent via standard mail. Now, anyone with any type of public document can apply for an e-Apostille. Since New Zealand’s adoption of e-Apostille, a large number of customers are already using it—including exporters, law firms, accountants, travel and employment agencies, and private individuals who live or conduct business abroad. Customers will benefit from the e-Apostille service because it is quicker, more secure, and cheaper.
This makes New Zealand only one of four countries in the world that uses e-Apostilles.
Formerly, any type of Criminal Background Check (including those obtained from the local or state law enforcement agency) would be acceptable for use in South Korea, as it had an apostille certificate. Nowadays, only Criminal History reports obtained from the FBI (with an apostille) will be accepted.
The problem is, FBI Criminal History reports take a lot longer to be generated and issued, and it entails an especially complicated process if the applicant is already abroad.
The FBI does not issue an apostille for FBI-issued background checks. The U.S. federal government handles all the apostilles for documents issued by its federal agencies, including the FBI. To be eligible for an apostille all background checks from the FBI must contain the appropriate signatures, names, and titles of the official and applicant signing the document. Without such information, the document cannot be approved for an apostille.
After the Netherlands proposed that the Hague Conference on Private International Law admit the Republic of Armenia as its newest member, the Secretary General of the Organization has officially commenced a six-month voting period for existing members to decide on Armenia’s admission. The Netherlands submitted the proposal after Armenia had expressed interest in joining the Hague Conference.
Existing members now have until May 6, 2014 to submit their vote. Armenia only needs a simple majority of the votes in order to join this organization.