Before issuing work permits, work visas, licenses, or enrolling in a local university or college, most foreign countries will require that your education documents be legally authenticated before they will be accepted in their jurisdiction.
Educational documents from USILACS can be authenticated by the state in which our offices are located, the United States State Department, and thereafter at the embassy or consulate from the country you plan to use your degree in. If you are planning to use your education documents outside the United States, we highly recommended that you legally authenticate them.
Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries, i.e., China, Thailand, etc., embassy legalization is MANDATORY if your degree is going to be accepted for visas or work permits.
We offer all our students state apostille service; however, due to the variety of regulations and requirements, we are no longer able to provide embassy legalization.
There are two processes USILACS uses to authenticate your education documents. Which method we use is based upon the country you plan to use your documents in, and whether or not, that country is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention..
If the country where you plan to use your documents is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention., USILACS will print color copies of your documents, and have them notarized. The Secretary of State in our state will attach a signed, certified, and sealed Apostille Certificate to your documents. Your certified and authenticated documents will be priority shipped to you or to any embassy, consulate, or visa service of your choice.
If the country where you plan to use your documents is NOT a member of the Hague Apostille Convention. you will still need embassy legalization as well. This is a two-step process.
Step Number One: USILACS will print color copies of your documents, have them notarized, and the Secretary of State in our state will attach a signed, certified, and sealed Authentication Certificate to your documents. Your certified and authenticated documents will be priority shipped to you or to the embassy, consulate, or visa service of your choice.
Step Number Two: You will need to contact the embassy or consulate for the country where you plan to use your documents, which has jurisdiction over the State of Florida. You will need to pay a small fee and send in the required documents. Embassy and consulate legalization are a rather straight forward and easy process. There are some embassies and consulates which require the documents to be hand delivered. In these cases, you will need to hire a local visa/authentication company to handle this for you.
For Hague Apostille Convention. and non-Hague Apostille Convention member countries the cost for State Apostille or Authentication Service is $159 for the first document, and then $25 per additional document (The diploma is all that is needed to be certified in most countries to obtain a work permit). The process normally takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete.
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Examples of a Florida State Apostille and a Chinese Embassy Legalization.