Apostille Documents for Global Mobility
As international business becomes more prevalent, global mobility has become more popular and relevant. But an increase in global mobility means an increase in business documents. And many of these documents must be authenticated. In your business, you may need to know how to apostille documents for global mobility.
What is Global Mobility?
A straightforward description of global mobility is that it lets companies allow employees to work in countries other than their own. These assignments can be short-term or long-term stays. A couple of examples are:
- Business travel – perhaps for meetings or training
- Short-term assignments – working abroad for a few weeks
- Long-term assignments – staying until the new market is operating on its own
- Permanent assignments – moving to another country for work
And we all know how much paperwork is required in any business endeavor, especially when a different country is involved.
Some documents that may be required to travel abroad for business are:
- Work visa
- Work permit
- Business letters
And all of these documents will each require an apostille or embassy legalization.
What is an Apostille?
An apostille is an attachment to the required document that confirms the signatures and seals are authentic. When working in other countries, it is common to ensure your paperwork is authentic. An apostille is an agreed-upon form by all countries that are members of the Hague Convention of 1961. Non-member countries require embassy legalization to confirm the trueness of a document.
Obtaining an apostille can be complicated and time-consuming. First, you must understand that state-issued and federally-issued documents each have a separate apostille process.
- With state-issued documents – such as business letters – you contact the Secretary of State and submit the apostille application form.
- For federally-issued paperwork – such as your passport – you must work with the US Department of State in Washington, DC, to obtain an apostille.
And if your destination country is not a member of the Hague Convention of 1961, you have a separate step. That is to contact the embassy to obtain embassy legalization.
Working with One Source Process
Or, you can let One Source Process obtain the apostille or embassy legalization. We know where to go and who to contact for apostille documents for global mobility.
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