Are you an American citizen living abroad in Lake Chapala, Mexico? Whether if you're making a living as a Digital Nomad or enjoying your retirement on the lake, there is a good chance that you have needed or will soon need apostilles on certain documents.
What is an Apostille and Why do I Need One?
An Apostille, (a-pos-TEE, French for certification), is a certificate that authenticates the signature of a document. Apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State of the state where the document originated (Ex. A birth certificate from California will require an Apostille from the Secretary of State of California). The Apostille verifies the authenticity of a public official’s signature and seal. Depending on the destination country, a document that is intended for international use may require either Apostille or Legalization services. Without these certifications, your document may not be recognized in a foreign country.
What Documents Will Need to be Apostilled?
There are some common documents that may require apostilles to be authenticated, such as:
There is no margin for error with the Authentication or Apostille process. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of preparing to studying abroad to someone with experience, please email me at email@example.com or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.