Background Checks in South Korea

Criminal background checks just got a lot harder for foreigners who want to work in South Korea or apply for South Korea visas. 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 … [Read more...]

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...]