An apostille is a commmon method of confirming validity of official documents for a foreign country. It looks like a rectangular seal, and is affixed to a document or a separate sheet attached to the document.
What is the purpose of the apostille?
Many countries recognize only official documents that bear an apostille stamp in accordance with the procedure established by the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961. The need for an apostille can be related to short trips, study or work abroad of Russia, obtaining a residence permit or citizenship in a different country.
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Examples of documents that may require an apostille
Copies of personal documents: birth or death certificates, marriage certificates, diplomas, secondary school certificates, etc.;
Copies of constituent documents of legal entities : articles of association, articles of incorporation, tax registration certificates, etc.;
Documents that require notarization: powers of attorney, authorization for minor to travel, etc.