Legalization is a validation of your document for it to be valid in the territory of the other countries. Before the official authorities in the territory of the other countries accept your document for consideration, you have to legalize it, i.e. to confirm credentials, genuineness of signature, stamp and/or seal of the official responsible for documents issuance. It can be application of the ‘Apostille’ stamp, or consular legalization.
The following organizations have a right to apply Apostille stamp to the documents Ukraine:
In Ukraine it is impossible to issue apostille on the passport or other document which identifies you, on the vehicle registration certificate, military service record card or work record card, on the correspondence and on the copies of these documents.
It is a incomplete list of the countries, which recognize Ukrainian documents with Apostille: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Andorra, Argentine, Armenia, Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Virgin Islands of the United States, Brunei, Great Britain, Hungary, Venezuela, Guadeloupe, Germany, France, Honduras, Gibraltar, Grenada, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Israel, India, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, China, Hong Kong, Columbia, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Finland, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia, Republic of South Africa, Japan. These countries joined Hague Convention dated October 5, 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalization of foreign public documents. Official authorities of the countries – members of Convention recognize Apostille and further verification or legalization of the documents is not required.
In Ukraine Apostille stamp is applied only to the original documents of education taking into consideration frequent falsification of documents. Apostille confirms that your document of education is not false.
In Ukraine Apostille stamp is applied only to the original documents issued by the Ukrainian state. If your documents were issued at time of the USSR Apostille stamp is applied to the notarized copies of such documents.
Procedure of nostrification and equivalence recognition differs from Apostille. They recognize the diplomas obtained in the territory of Ukraine to be equivalent to the documents of education of other countries. It is the recognition of the educational standards’ conformity and qualification requirements at the international level.
If the country where you are going to use your documents is not a member of Hague Convention, you should have a procedure of consular legalization which requires submitting the documents to the Ministry of Justice, then to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the last stage to the consulate of the country where you will use the documents.
The issuance of Apostille in Ukraine has its own nuances, and that is why issuance of each document is a separate matter. To save your time and to avoid the necessity to sort out the issuance or legalization procedures for your documents in Ukraine – simply complete the online form and send us the enquiry. We will inform you about the possibility, term and cost in the shortest possible time, we will also advise you the additional information if necessary.