Apostille for FBI Issued Documents

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. … [Read more...]

Armenia wants to take part in Hague Conference

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 … [Read more...]

Paraguay finally accepts the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention

Over fifty years after the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Apostille Convention"), Paraguay officially adopted the Apostille Convention and has deposited its instrument of acceptance on December 10th, 2013.  However, the Hague Convention will not come into effect until 30 August 2014 for Paraguay. … [Read more...]

Unaccompanied Minors: Travelling to and From Mexico

As of last November, changes in Immigration Law in Mexico have created new requirements for minors (ages 17 and under) travelling to and from Mexico without their parents or legal guardian.  The minors must submit their immigration documents, as well as a notarized letter from the parent permitting the child to travel without them. This letter must be certified with an apostille stamp and be translated into Spanish. Failing to comply with these regulations can lead to the passenger(s) being … [Read more...]

How to: Get a Diploma Apostilled in Japan

Japanese students and recent graduates looking to work and study abroad will need their degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned in Japan to be recognized overseas.  The Certificate Section of the Foreign Ministry’s Consular and Migration Division handles certification of these types of documents. In Japan, there are two types of certification for a document: a koin, which is an official stamp, and an Apostille, which is an official addendum. A koin is available for degrees, diplomas, and … [Read more...]

Hague Conference and NNA Collaborate on Electronic Apostille Program

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is partnering with the National Notary Association (NNA) to introduce the Electronic Apostille Pilot Program (e-APP).  The program is intended as a solution to reduce document fraud and business costs by streamlining business and fortifying security. Apostilles are used all over the world for a variety of documents, including powers of attorney, contracts, and international adoptions. The apostille provides a “seal of approval” from the … [Read more...]