Embassy Legalization is the process by which a document is verified and certified as authentic by the embassy or consulate of the country in which the document will be used. This process is generally used when the target country is not a part of the Hague Apostille Convention.
Steps in Embassy Legalization
Notarization: The document is first notarized.
State Authentication: The state's Secretary of State authenticates the document.
Federal Authentication: The U.S. Department of State or a similar federal agency verifies it.
Embassy Legalization: Finally, the document goes to the relevant embassy or consulate.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does embassy legalization take?
The process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the embassy and the type of document.
Can I use embassy legalization instead of an apostille?
Only if the country you are dealing with is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention.