Schmidt & Schmidt will help you obtain the apostille and consular legalization from the Philippines for your documents.
The Philippines acceded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in 2019. Therefore, no diplomatic authentication or consular legalization of documents from Albania is needed for successful legal communication with other member states of the Convention. The documents only need to be attested by an apostille certificate with an "apostille" stamp on it by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination. Germany, Finland, Austria and Greece have raised objections to the accession of the Philippines thus limiting the acceptance of Philippines-originated documents certified by the apostille on their territory. Furthermore, due to recent accession, in most cases consular legalization of public documents from the Philippines may be required. In the course of consular legalization, the signature and the seal of foreign documents are authenticated. Responsible is the respective embassy of the country in which the document shall be used.
The apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. It should be filled in in the official language of the issuing authority. The heading "Apostille (Convention de la Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" written in French is a necessary requirement for the apostille's validity.
The following documents can be legalized:
- Extracts from the commercial register
- Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
- Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
- Judicial decisions
- Notarized copies of documents
- Notary certified translations
- Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
Legalization of foreign documents for use in the Philippines
Foreign documents must be legalized before they can be used in the Philippines. The representations and embassies of the Philippines all over the world are in charge of this process.
Legalization of documents from the Philippines for use abroad
The exact legalization process of documents from the Philippines depends on the country you wish to use them in. Please feel free to contact us with your request and we will do our best to assist you!
On average, processing the documents takes up to 14 days.
Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.
You can pay for our services by PayPal, bank transfer or credit card.
Schmidt & Schmidt provides legalization of documents in more than 80 countries all over the world.