Schmidt & Schmidt is offering to legalize your documents from Oceania with accordance to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents and the procedures of consular legalization.

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 and 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.

Today the following countries and territories of Oceania are the members of the 1961 Apostille convention: Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Niue, Cook Islands, Samoa, Guam, and Fiji.

When a country is not a member of the 1961 Apostille convention, its documents are subject to the procedure of consular legalization. This is a more complicated procedure compared to obtaining an apostille stamp. It includes certification at a corresponding ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and lastly, at the consulate of the country of destination.

NB: The document is only valid in the country whose consulate legalized it.

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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