Immigration procedures sometimes require that official documents submitted in support of an immigration application be certified to establish their authenticity. It may be that the applicant is seeking to introduce criminal records, background checks, arrest warrants, police clearance certificates and other court documents as evidence of his good character, or perhaps introduce vital records such as birth certificates and marriage certificates to show a family relationship.

The process of authentication seeks to establish for the civil and judicial officials of a given country, that the signature and seal of an official affixed to a document that was issued in another country, are genuine. In other words, there must be some proof that the document or thing being put forward in support of the application is what it purports to be. This is usually accomplished by establishing a chain of subsequent authentications, each by a progressively higher government authority or official, on the basis of deposited specimens of seals and signatures.

Although the authentication process can be time-consuming and frustrating, we are here to help you navigate this complex maze of international laws and regulations. Because the determination of the reliability of a document issued abroad may be the legal cornerstone upon which an applicant wins or loses his case, we will work with you to ensure you have everything you need on time.We will help you distinguish between documents issued by signatory and non-signatory countries to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 and guide you each step. Where needed, we will also take care of the translation, apostille, notarization, and/or legalization of any documents.

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