Schmidt & Schmidt is offering to legalise your documents from the EAEU’s member states all of which have joined the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.

An apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. The heading „Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)“ must be in French. Every apostille issued is registered and contains the issuing date as well as a unique number. The issuing authorities vary depending on the country an the type of document. Our country pages contain detailed information about the specifics of the procedure as well as the authorities responsible in each country.

The apostille has to be obtained in the country that has issued the document.

According to Article 13 of the Minsk Convention on Legal Assistance and Legal Relations in Civil, Family and Criminal Matters no legalization is needed for legal communication between the contracting states. Official documents only require notarial certification. The contracting states are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

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In our video we are explaining what an apostille is and where to apply for it. Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you with all issues concerning the apostille.

Legalization of a document is a process, which allows to legitimate the document issued in one country for its usage in another.

It means, if you want to submit a document, issued in one country, to authorities in a target country, the document must primarily prove its authenticity. Legalization confirms the authority of the issuing official as well as an authenticity of his signature and seal.

Legalization is needed for official non-commercial documents.

There are following procedures of legalization of documents:

  • Consular legalization
  • Apostille (a simplified procedure of legalization)
  • Legalization of documents by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Consular legalization applies to countries, that have not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, which implemented a law about the procedure of apostille (a lot of European countries are member states of this convention).

Legalization of documents through the Chamber of Commerce is carried out in relation to commercial documents (contracts, invoices etc).

No, not always. In some cases, countries can make bi- or multilateral agreements that completely revoke legalization of documents for their recognition in the member countries.

For example, a CIEC convention from 1976 or bilateral treaties between Germany and Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland.

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