The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille (French: certification). It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document.
The Apostille Treaty or The Hague Apostille Convention is an international treaty on Private International Law. It specifies the process through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory countries. Such a certification is called an Apostille. It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarization of the document. What does that mean for you? It means that a document with an Apostille stamp will be legal for use in every other country that has signed the Apostille Treaty.
Apostles are affixed by Competent Authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention. A list of these authorities is maintained by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Examples of designated authorities are embassies, ministries, courts or (local) governments.
To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be issued or certified by an officer recognized by the authority that will issue the apostille.
Four types of documents are mentioned in the convention:
Degree certificates are legalized when you need to provide evidence of your qualifications to a person or organization in another country.
Applying for a job in another country often requires the legalization of your degree certificate or other qualifications.
It is common practice to legalize a copy of a degree certificate. Legalizing a qualification document with an apostille permanently marks the document.
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The Panama Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the competent authority to apostille Panamanian public documents and notarized documents by authenticating the notary public as being legitimate. You can find the Panama Ministry of Foreign Affairs located at Edison Plaza in Panama City.
Indian Students may visit the following Government of India website for further clarification:
The University of Swahili Foundation is empowered to award credentials as per Article 8 of the charter of the foundation. Government of Panama Public Registry Folio No.25025694 Charter Registration No.273887.