5 Common Purposes For Document Legalization

Every year more and more people relocate from their native country to a foreign one for endless reasons. And for moving to a foreign land one needs to prepare important documents that are valid in the eyes of the authorities. 

The documents that are appropriate in the country of origin will not be acknowledged in other nations. It is necessary to certify the documents from the concerned official by getting their stamp and sign on them. This process is known as the Legalisation of documents. 

5 Common Purposes For Document Legalization

While legalizing these documents it is important to prepare and gather all the required papers carefully to avoid any kind of repercussions in the future.

For example, the legalization of immigration documents is a tedious process, and misplacing or making any error will result in grave consequences like rejection in the application of a visa or worse deportation. 

After stacking all the required documents together, hand them over for the further procedure of verification and notarizing to take place. 

Why is the legalization of documents important?

Legalization is necessary for the documents to be recognized by the concerned foreign authorities. To understand its importance better let’s take a look at the following purposes of legalization-



In today's era, it is quite common for people to move to a country that offers better employment opportunities and a high-quality lifestyle. It is important to know the documents to be legalized beforehand, as the documents needed will vary across the globe. birth certificate attestation, educational records, medical certificates, work permits, marriage certificates, etc. are the commonly required documents. Be well informed about the documents that will be needed as any error can cause rejection in the visa application. 



Students pursuing higher education in a foreign country must always get their educational documents legalized prior to leaving the country. Your certificates and biodata are not going to be the only things you are going to need. All the educational certificates like diploma, degree certificate attestation, and personal documents like birth certificate attestation, finance-related records attestation, etc. must be done from the country of origin according to the country you are traveling to. Get assistance, if necessary to ease the process, as it can take a long time to gather the documents and complete the attestation process if you are not experienced enough. 



While going for inter-country adoption (adopting a child from a foreign country) the prospective parents are not only welcoming a child into their lives but also tons of paperwork. Documentation for adoption and adoption deed attestation in the home country is tedious and time-consuming but international adoption just adds an extra pile of paperwork to it. Documents obtaining approval of the country parents are from and the country they are adopting from is required in the process. At a later date, the child’s immigration records and other related documents are needed to be attested as failing to do so will be serious. It is best to do it for the safety of the child.  



Marriage certificate attestation is needed in order to assure the rights and identity of your spouse and to present as proof of your relationship in the international sphere. As it has multiple steps, the process requires to be handled with carefulness without any slip-ups and mishaps. The attestation makes the international venture easier for the couple. Inversely, the couples that are no longer together are required to file a divorce certificate and get it attested to display it as evidence before remarrying someone residing in international land. These attested documents also play an important role while going for adoption in other countries.



With the rise of globalization, business owners have found an easier way to expand their businesses to audiences across the world. While building up your business overseas, the concerned documents are required to undergo legalization. It is a never-ending process, as it is not just one or two documents. Business registration, by-laws, financial statements, certificate of origin, tax records, articles of association, and memorandum of association attestation are a few documents to name. Even though it is tedious it is advised that it must be authenticated, translated, and legalized for the smooth running of the business in the international market. 



There are endless other reasons to get the documents legalized, so much more that it will not fit in this article. Whether you are starting a new business abroad, looking for study abroad and career opportunities, or simply just traveling overseas, legalizing the required documents should always be at the top of the list. Keep in mind that every consulate and embassy work differently and have a different set of rules of working. As mentioned earlier, it is a challenging process so be patient and try to get familiar with the procedure in advance to avoid any unnecessary delays or problems.

posted on 5 Jul, 2021. Posted In attestation, translation, apostille.

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