Assisting FBI Background Checks

There are several ways to obtain a background check from the FBI.  With the proper authorization by the applicant, a family member or friend residing stateside can file an application and obtain the document from the FBI.  There are also third party service providers, such as the one offered by Atlanta Notaries & Fingerprinting in Atlanta, who can help you with your background check application—making things faster and easier.  Finally, there are FBI-approved channelers.  A list of these … [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...]

Are We There Yet? Travelling Internationally With Children

Travelling abroad with children can get complicated because governments want to do their best to prevent parents from taking their children out of the country and not coming back, which is also known as international child abduction. If you are vacationing with your children out of the country and are married, some countries (such as Mexico), may require you to obtain your spouse’s permission in order to take your children out of the country without him/her. If you are divorced this is not … [Read more...]

Russia’s Price on Higher Education

Although many Americans complain about the price of higher education, in Russia the price tag for an advanced degree (Master’s, Ph.D., etc.) runs around $40,000—literally. Russian citizens have been purchasing fake diplomas for years with little to no consequences. With the penalty for knowingly buying a fake diploma being a maximum $2600 fines and two years of “correctional labor,” coupled with the fact that employers seldom check the authenticity applicant’s diplomas, it is unlikely the … [Read more...]