What Is An Apostille?

And do you need one?

An apostille specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal International purposes in all the other signatory states or another country.

Such a certification is called an apostille (French: certification). It is an international certification comparable to a notarization in domestic law.

Apostilles are affixed by competent authorities designated by the government of a state which is party to the convention. 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 (notary public). Later you can apostille your documents in the Secretary of State of  your country.  Search in google  for the nearest Secretary of State. We can apostille your documents, please contact us for details.

APOSTILLE Q&A

 

DO I NEED TO APOSTILLE OR NOTARIZED MY DOCUMENTS?
  • If your documents are not from one of these countries (see list below), you must notarize all documents in the Dominican Consulate or Embassy in the country of origin prior  to arrival. If your documents DO come from one these countries (see list below), you must apostille all documents prior to arrival.
CAN I START THE PROCESS OF RESIDENCY FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IF I DON’T HAVE THE RESIDENCY VISA?
  • Yes, we can start the process at our office located in Santo Domingo. We will schedule an appointment to provide you with the legal documentation required  to obtain the residency visa. Upon your return home and prior to arriving to the D.R. you can obtain your visa in the Dominican Consulate or Embassy located in your country of origin. Once the visa is issued another appointment will be scheduled to initiate the process for provisional residency.

List of Countries whose legal documents require an “Apostille”

A

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan

B

  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam

C

  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands

D

  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic

E

  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • El Salvador

F

  • Finland
  • Fiji
  • France

G

  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Grenada

H

  • Hungary
  • Honduras

I

  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy

J

  • Japan

K

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan

L

  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein

M

  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Malawi
  • Marshall Islands
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Mongolia

N

  • New Zealand
  • Namibia
  • Niue
  • Norway

O

  • Oman

P

  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal

R

  • Romania
  • Russian Federation

S

  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Seychelles
  • Swaziland

T

  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Turkey
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago

U

  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan

V

  • Venezuela
  • Vanuatu

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