Many countries require official certifications to establish the authenticity of documents that are submitted with immigration applications. Procuring and authenticating the mandatory documents can be an arduous and time consuming process. Arooha provides services to secure and to properly authenticate documents through legalization or Apostille.
Document legalization is a governmental process that verifies the authenticity of a document to reduce the possibility of forgery or fraud. In many countries, legalized documents are a mandatory precursor to the eligibility to file a visa application. The processing time for document legalization will vary in each jurisdiction.
An Apostille is an international certification that is added to documents that have been signed by a notary or other authorized officials. The Apostille was created to abolish the cumbersome legalization process and to provide a one-step certification. While the Apostille process can be shorter than legalization, documents can only be apostilled if both the issuing country and the receiving host country are members of The Hague Apostille Convention. A list of the current member countries can be found here.