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Canada joined the Apostille Convention: Simplified document authentication

On January 11, 2024, Canada joined the Apostille Convention. This decision is crucial for individuals and businesses seeking to leverage foreign documents in Canada, as it introduces a streamlined and efficient process. By joining the Apostille Convention, Canada has significantly reduced bureaucratic hurdles, facilitating smoother cross-border transactions. In this article, we will explore the implications…

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Registering your marriage or divorce outside of South Africa: An essential guide

Marriage and divorce are significant life events, and if you are a South African residing outside the country, navigating the process of registering these events with the Department of Home Affairs can seem daunting. In this essential guide, we will explore the steps involved, specifically focusing on the requirements of registering your marriage or divorce…

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Apostilles: Simplifying document legalisation for international use

The need for seamless international transactions and legal processes has become more apparent in an interconnected world. One crucial aspect of this global connectivity is the legalisation of documents for international use. This article aims to shed light on the concept of apostilles, why they are necessary for document legalisation, and how services like Apostil.co.za…

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Navigating document legalisation for South African marriage certificates

Obtaining legalised documents, especially for international use, can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Legalising South African marriage certificates is a necessity for many SA citizens dealing with authorities or conducting official matters abroad. The process involves several intricate steps, and navigating the bureaucracy can be challenging for those unfamiliar with it. At Apostil.co.za, we…

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China joins the Apostille Convention

On May 8, 2023, China took a momentous step toward simplifying the utilisation of foreign documents within its borders by joining the Apostille Convention. This decision is significant for individuals and businesses seeking to leverage foreign documents in China, as it introduces a streamlined and efficient process. By joining the Apostille Convention, China has significantly…

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Department of International Relations and Cooperation: Everything you need to know about DIRCO

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is a government department responsible for the country’s foreign policy and diplomatic relations with other nations and international organizations. The department was established in 1994 after the end of apartheid and the transition to democracy in South Africa. DIRCO’s mission is to promote and protect South Africa’s…

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Apostilles for old documents: How old can my documents be to receive an apostille stamp?

An apostille certificate is a specialised certificate attached to your original documents to verify their legitimacy and authenticity so they can be used for legal purposes in member countries of the Hague Convention (nicknamed the Apostille Convention for our purposes). Often, our clients request apostilles for old documents, but documents older than twenty (or even…