Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Firstly, let’s start by defining what an apostille actually is. An apostille is an official certificate which legalises official and copied documents in states (countries) which accept the apostille stamp.
There are a number of reasons why one might need an apostille. However, some reasons are more common than others.
A number of different employment, company and educational documents can obtain an apostille stamp. When applying for a new job, upon receiving a job offer you may be asked to provide educational certificates such as A-Level certificates. You can obtain an apostille on these types of educational documents and on copies of these documents if needed. You may also be asked to provide a Criminal Background Check which again you can obtain an apostille for. Some companies may request a recent apostille for a criminal record check (usually less than 3 to 6 months old).
Certificates of Incorporation and Articles of Association are formal company documents that may require an apostille when companies are looking to set up new branches abroad.
If you choose to get married outside of your birth country, or in a country where you do not have dual citizenship, you may need to prove both your identity and nationality as well as your eligibility to marry. Usually, this means you need to provide both a birth certificate and a certificate of no impediment. If you were married previously, you may also need to provide copies of your old marriage certificate and court divorce documents.
There are a number of other reasons why you may need an apostille. If you’re unsure or have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us today.