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.
Hague Apostille Convention
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.
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.
These changes are a result of Oman joining the Hague Apostille Convention in late January. Under the convention, official documents issued in Oman can now be certified, or apostilled, for legal use in all other participating countries.
This news benefits the large South Asian expatriate community in Oman that is now able to use Indian documents more easily.
Those planning to come to Oman on work visas should expect changes in document attestation, according to the Indian Embassy.
Citizens of New Zealand who need documents to be certified for use overseas can now get them verified electronically, thanks to the new e-Apostille service from the Internal Affairs Authentication Unit.
E-Apostille can be used to certify marriage certificates, travel documents, letters from attorneys, and more. The system is expected to cut submission and processing times dramatically because it creates secure versions of paper documents that can be emailed overseas, instead of relying on mail or courier.
The e-Apostille makes getting an apostille quick and easy. It saves customers both time and money, and can make the difference between a customer making or missing an important deadline.
As of December 2012, New Zealand was one of only four countries in the Asia-Pacific region using e-Apostilles, though the success of this program could pave the way for other members of the Hague Apostille Convention to expand into electronic apostilles.