Document Apostille and Embassy Legalization in the USA

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Apostille/Legalization of Educational Credentials for International Use

Globalization of world economy causes movements of masses of people around the globe. As a result, often educational credentials (school records, grades, transcripts, diplomas or certificates) need to be apostilled or legalized for use in various countries for such reasons as work, immigration or study.

WDC Apostille & Legalization Services frequently deals with diplomas from all over the world

Frequently it may not be clear-cut in terms of exact certification requirements due to various complications. For example, a person may have been born in one country, studied in another country, immigrated to a different country and currently is looking at finding work in a new country. He/she may have lost original citizenship or acquired another citizenship or permanent residency/greencard.

Other complications/issues to consider may be as follows:

As a result, certain embassies/consulates/missions do not authenticate/certify academic credentials directly even if a person has the original without the diploma/certificate being first verified in the country of study by either or both the University and the Ministry of Education or Foreign Affairs. Other countries may have special overseas Cultural Bureaus (or equivalents) dedicated to verification of credentials as a mandatory step for legalization by their embassies/consulates/missions.

WDC Apostille & Legalization Services has assisted many individuals to get their diplomas acknowledged so we have accumulated considerable knowledge of global requirements. Please contact us or request a quote prior sending any documents so that we can suggest the best procedure to get credentials certified hassle-free.

Educational Credentials from Accredited U.S. Schools, Colleges and Universities

The USA is a party to The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. If the country of your intended document use is also a party to the Convention, then you can just get your credentials apostilled by your Secretary of State, and no further authentication/legalization is required! Please see this link for more information on certification and apostille by Secretary of State.

However, if the country of document use is not a party to the Convention, then authentication by U.S. Department of State and consular legalization at that country's embassy/consulate/mission in the USA is required.

For general information about the applicability of the Hague Apostille Convention in the USA, please check out this link.

We at WDC Apostille & Legalization Services will be happy to assist you with authentication of your educational credentials at the U.S. Department of State with subsequent legalization by any foreign embassy/consulate/mission based in Washington, DC or Ottawa. Please contact us without any hesitation!

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