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The procedure of ensuring that original documents are genuine, attesting the authenticity of signatures of officials authorized to certify the signatures on documents, as well as the validity of impressions of stamps, seals, which this document is attached with. Legalization of foreign documents pursuant to the established procedure provides them with the right to exist in the international document circulation.
Some countries require double legalization instead of the usual legalization. These include the United Arab Emirates, China (Shanghai), Singapore, Yemen. In this case, you need to understand that the whole procedure can take up to 1-2 months, which means that you must submit documents in advance.
A simplified form of legalization, which can be affixed for the countries parties to the Hague Convention. It has the same structure (in the form of a square 10-point stamp, entitled Apostille) for all countries parties to the Convention and is stamped in the relevant ministries, bypassing the consulates.
Apostille is placed on official documents for countries that are parties to the Hague Convention, abolishing the requirement for the legalization of foreign official documents, signed on October 5, 1961. In the rest of cases consular legalization takes place.
View the list of countries, parties to the Hague Convention
Some countries that signed the Hague Convention require double apostille on documents. The list of such countries (they are highlighted in red) can be viewed here.
The first apostille certifies the authenticity of the Ukrainian document, and the second apostille verifies that the document was certified by an acting and authorized notary. This requirement applies to all documents intended to be submitted to any of the countries listed above.
It is the process of validation of foreign university degrees as equal with native on the territory of Ukraine. Most often it is required in case you intend to work in the state bodies of Ukraine or continue studying in educational institutions of Ukraine, while the document on education is issued in another country. Less often it is required to confirm to a private employer in Ukraine the knowledge and skills obtained abroad.
All types of educational documents that shall be legally effective on the territory of the country.
Apostille in Ukraine is stamped by three state authorities:
Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine
Legalization is a complex two-way procedure. If the documents are issued in Ukraine and you prepare them for use in another country, then they undergo the following procedure:
It is effectuated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Stages of nostrification procedure in Ukraine:
|How long does the procedure take||
From 5* business days — depending on the document and ministry
From 14 ** business days — depending on the document and the embassy
|35–40 business days — depending on the document|
* In case of double apostille, the stamp is first placed on the original of the Ukrainian document, then it is translated into the official language of the country where you intend to submit the document, and then the second stamp is placed on a notarized translation. Length of the whole procedure of apostillization in case of double apostille increases for up to 10–15 days.
** In case of double legalization, the Ministry of Justice and the MFA affix the stamps on the original document, then the document is translated and notarized, and then the Ministry of Justice, the MFA and the embassy affix their stamps again. Length of the whole procedure of legalization in case of double legalization increases for up to 1–2 months.
No. Apostille is affixed immediately in the country of issue. While the legalization may be effectuated in Ukraine. But it will cost more, take more time, and this pattern of work is not acceptable in all the embassies.
In this case, the legalization of documents takes place in the state bodies of the country where the document was issued, because the state bodies of Ukraine refuse to accept such documents.
To begin with, the document must be obtained repeatedly, which does not cause special difficulties. Problems arise if the document is issued after the onset of hostilities in the anti-terrorist operation zone in April 2014 (since April 30, 2018 – the zone of the Joint Forces Operation (JFO). The solution to the problem options: getting a refusal from the Department of Vital Records Office in the issuance of the document and after that – requesting it through the court.
Unfortunately, not. The Ministry of Justice does not accept documents of the old type. You should repeatedly obtain the document from any Department of Vital Records Office. The bearer should file an application at the Vital Records Office. The reissued document may be collected in a few days. Such reissued document will be of a new type which allows to put apostille on it. Task Force employees can get a certificate for you. To do this, a notarized power of attorney shall be obtained for our employees.
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Not only do we affix apostille and legalize documents, but we also organize their high-quality and fast translation into the language you need and their notarization.
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Filing of documents to all public bodies is performed by our staff courier (receives and hands them over to you against your signature).
Our managers are always ready to advise you on how to better certify your document and in what public body, depending on your objectives.
Your participation in legalization and apostille procedures is minimal (in case of legalization, we will need a power of attorney from you to represent your interests).
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