Apostille Certification

We often encounter the term apostil when submitting papers, birth certificates or university certificates to Turkish government departments. For example, the Immigration Department requires ratification of the apostil on the birth certificates of children in order to obtain a residence permit for them, or it may request this ratification of university certificates submitted during the acquisition of citizenship, even that many people have encountered this term in some other countries, so what is the term apostil? What are the conditions for ratification? To answer these and other questions, come with us in this article to provide you with more comprehensive information on this topic

What is meant by Apostil Certification?

It is a system for attesting documents that justifies their use in a country other than their origin by certifying that they are real documents containing documented information that are not falsified, Another additional certification.

The process is very simple and is to put the "Apostil” stamp or sticker and sign the document in question by the competent authority in the country in which the document was issued.

For example, you need to certify a certain document in order for the Turkish state to recognize it, so you go to the embassy of your country and stamp the papers, and then you go to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the District Commissioner to ratify the seal of your state, and then translate into the Turkish language and ratify the notary.

When was the Apostil certification system adopted in Turkey?

On May 08, 1962, Turkey signed an agreement abolishing the mandatory legalization of foreign official documents prepared within the framework of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and it became effective in Turkey as of 09/29/1985.

Documents that require an apostille:

  1. Documents issued by notary offices also need notarization of an apostille.

  2. Documents directly related to commercial or customs formalities,

  3. Diplomatic and consular documents are also among the documents that require an apostille.

  4. Documents issued by the public prosecutor or the record clerk, or public documents issued by an authority of a judicial body or a state court.

  5. Administrative documents.

  6. The ratification of the document or its existence on a certain date and the validity of signatures by official authorities and notaries, and all of this includes:

  7. Educational documents: school diplomas, high school diplomas, etc.

  8. Documents showing marital status: birth certificates, marriage certificates, marriage license, etc.

  9. Power of attorneys and approvals.

  10. Documents and court decisions in civil, family and criminal cases,

  11. Articles of incorporation, articles of association, patents and other documents issued by the government entity.

What is the content of the certification?

  1. The name of the country in which the document was issued (Syria, Saudi Arabia, China ....)

  2. The name of the person who signed the document (signed by ......)

  3. The title of the person who signed the document

  4. The name of the entity to which the stamp printed on the document belongs

  5. ratification place

  6. Ratification date: for example April 16, 2014

  7. Apostille Issuance Authority

  8. Apostille transaction number

  9. Seal or seal of the apostille issuing authority

  10. Signature of the official who issued the apostille

Is there a validity period for the attestation of an apostille?

There is no set period for the validity of the apostille. However, the base document itself, if it has a specific validity, the apostille expires with the expiration of the original document itself.

What are the official departments that carry out the procedures for ratifying the apostille in Turkey?

The official departments that grant ratification in Turkey are the institutions of the so-called "Valılik” and then the institutions of the so-called "Kaymakam KAYMAKAMLIK”, which are present in all cities and regions in Turkey and this work is carried out with ease.

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