Before issuing work permits, work visas, licenses, or enrolling in a local university or college, most foreign countries will require that your educational documents be legally authenticated before they will be accepted in that jurisdiction.  

Educational documents from USILACS can be authenticated by the state in which our offices are located, the United States State Department, and then the embassy or consulate from the country you plan to use your degree in.  If you are planning to use your educational documents outside the United States, we highly recommended that you legally authenticate your educational documents.

Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries, i.e., China, Thailand, etc., Transcript, Diploma and Certificate Authentication is MANDATORY if your degree is going to be accepted for visas or work permits.

We offer all our students’ Document Authentication and Legalization Service. 

There are two processes USILACS uses to authenticate your educational 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, have them notarized, and the Secretary of State in which our offices are located will attach a signed, certified, and sealed Apostille Certificate to your documents.  Your certified and authenticated documents will be priority shipped to you anywhere on earth.

If the country where you plan to use your documents is NOT a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, USILACS will print color copies of your documents, have them notarized, and the Secretary of State in which our offices are located will attach a signed, certified, and sealed Authentication Certificate to your documents.  Your certified and authenticated documents will be priority shipped to you anywhere on earth.

DO NOT TAMPER WITH, OR REMOVE THE SECRETARY OF STATE ATTACHMENT OR IT WILL INVALIDATE THE CERTIFICATION.

The cost for Document Authentication and Legalization Service is $150.00
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After you receive your authenticated documents back from USILACS, the next step to fully complete the authentication and legalization of your documents is for you to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you want to use your documents in, or visit their websites. Inform the Embassy or Consulate that you need to have educational documents authenticated or use in their country. 

Note: The Embassy or Consulate you use to authenticate your documents must be located in the United States.

The requirements vary from country to country; however, most countries require you to complete a short form, attach a copy of your passport or ID card, sometimes pay a very nominal fee, and send in your original state Apostille or Authentication Certificate.  The entire process is straightforward with most countries and only takes a few days.

 

Examples of an Apostille, a USA Authentication Certificate, and a China Authentication Certificate: