Apostille is a type of attestation which simply means legalization of verified documents to prove its authenticity. Apostille a French word meaning certify or authenticate. Apostille attestation is also known as Apostille convention. Hague convention gives birth to the term Apostille. Hague conventions a series of international treaty held at Hegue a city in the Netherlands for the protection of international peace. Hague convention proposed the idea Apostille attestation, so the world witnessed the emergence of the Apostille attestation. Apostille protects international law by certification of foreign public documents.
The major countries which recognize Apostille are listed below –
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- Oman etc..
In this present scenario these Apostile nations play greater role in the rise of Apostille attestations. Once you got an Apostille attestation and your document will be automatically acceptable in all Hague convention countries. Every country has their own designated authorities to issue Apostille certificates. Apostille is a legalization process in which a designated person will verifies and confirms the document and attest with a seal or signature. The Apostille has only six months validity, after six months Apostille attestation will expire. Through Apostille attestation your document will be more secure and safe. Countries that are not part of Hague convention comes under attestation.
Apostille attestation is given to various documents such as –
- Educational documents
- Commercial documents
- Adoption documents
- Land documents
- Medical documents
- Court documents
The main objective of Apostille is to allow or give permission to the documents in Hegue convention member countries. The sole function of Apostille is to certify the authenticity to documents. Apostille is a gateway to Apostille nations. Now a days apostille is widely accepted by many countries.