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.
Indian citizens seeking a job abroad need to obtain an apostille in order for their personal and educational records to be recognized. Apostilles will be issued by the Ministry of External Affairs’ CPV division and will be required for documents such as birth certificates, affidavits, marriage certificates, power of attorney, degrees, and diplomas.
Personal documents need to be first verified by the home departments or general admission departments of the individual’s respective state. Education documents must first be authenticated by the regional authentication center. The MEA will issue the apostilles only after the documents have been initially attested.
The MEA will not issue apostilles for commercial documents that are not covered by the Apostille Convention.
Before Korea joined the Hague Convention, in order for documents to be used outside the country they had to be certified by the respective government embassies, either the Korean embassies abroad or foreign countries’ embassies in Korea.
Now, Korean documents are essentially equal to documents of all other countries participating in the Hague Convention and do not require further certification.
This greatly simplifies the process of sending documents abroad and eliminates the inconvenience of having to visit multiple government embassies.
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.