More countries are recognising the apostille certificate every year. The latest country to sign up to the relevant section of the Hague Convention relating to apostilles is Morocco.
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When researching how to get your documents prepared for overseas use, you will come across many words and phrases that are often used to describe services offered. These are often interchangeable, occasionally misused and sometimes confusing. You will read about apostilles, legalisation, certification, attestation and also notarisation.
Legalising a degree certificate for use in another country can be time consuming and expensive. Before your degree certificate, diploma, or other academic qualification, will be accepted you will most likely need to obtain an apostille.
Proving you have the relevant qualification for a job overseas is often a prerequisite before your employment will be confirmed. Your employer overseas will ask you to obtain an apostille on the document.
There are many people born in the UK who need to prove their nationality or require their birth to be registered overseas. To ensure the relevant authorities overseas accept the UK birth certificate they may require an apostille to be attached to your document.
Different countries have different tax laws relating to personal and business income. If you have earnings in one country but are resident or a citizen in another it may be requested that you have tax residency documents legalised to avoid double taxation.
A certificate of residency for tax purpose is a formal document. Residency certificates are issued by HMRC and were introduced when the UK government established agreements with other countries to avoid people being taxed twice on their earnings.
When planning to get married overseas it is common that the authorities in that country will request a Certificate of No Impediment. This document is a way of proving that there is no Impediment/Obstruction in allowing you to be married and shows that there has been no objection to your proposed marriage.
The Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) is now regularly requested of UK citizens that intend to marry abroad. Similar documents are used in other countries but within the UK the CNI is an official government issued document.
When a birth or death occurs in the UK you may need to register this in another country. The apostille certificate is added to UK documents that are being presented in another country.