Travel the World Visas, Inc. offers a complete document
authentication and legalization service. We will take care of
the entire process and return to you documents that are ready
for use in the designated country.
that you need to do is:
Send us notarized documents and tell us in which country
each document will be used. If a document needs to be legalized
for more than one country, then a separate original of the
document must be legalized for each country.
us documents that have already been certified by the Secretary
of State of the state where the document was executed
(notarized). We will obtain the U.S. State
Department authentication and/or embassy legalization.
SERVICE ORDER FORM FOR DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION
of Using Travel the World Visas:
Relieves you of the frustration associated
with sending documents directly to the U.S. State
Department for authentication and to consulates/embassies
Eliminates the need to write multiple checks to
Secretary of State (of the State where the documents was
notarized), U.S. Department of State or to the
of Mind. With
a decade of experience in the document authentication and
legalization process, we assure that your documents are
correctly and promptly processed and hand carried to the
U.S. State Department for authentication and the
embassies/consulates for legalization.
With one phone call or click of a mouse, we can
immediately give you status of your in-progress documents.
Reduces the turn-around time for processing your
Travel the World Visas ensures authentication by the U.S. State
Department will be done on a “same day” (while you
wait) basis, and that legalization by the
consulates/embassies within 24 to 48 hours.
If you were to mail documents yourself without
using our services, processing takes much longer.
The U.S. State Department takes 5-7 business days
to authenticate documents received by mail.
Consulate/embassy legalization of documents
received by mail takes up to 5 business days.
If there is a problem with your document, the U.S.
State Department and the embassy/consulate just returns
your documents without any action taken, resulting in the
loss of valuable time.
Travel the World Visas examines the documents you submit and
immediately notifies you whether or not they meet the
authentication and legalization requirements for
submission to Secretary of State (of the State where the
documents was notarized), U.S. Department of State, or
If there is a problem with your document, the U.S.
State Department and the embassy/consulate will not notify
Rather, they just return your documents.
offer affordable service fee that covers the handling of the document from the
Secretary of State where the document was notarized, to
the U.S. State Department and the embassies/consulates.
Please contact us for details at
202-223-8822 or e-mail us email@example.com
Facts on Document Authentication
Documents issued in one country, which need to be used in
another country, must be "authenticated" or "legalized" before
they can be recognized as valid in the foreign country. This is
a process in which various seals are placed on the document.
Such documents range from corporate
documents like company by laws and articles of incorporation,
power of attorney, patent applications and trademarks, diplomas,
transcripts, letters relating to degrees, non-marital status,
references and job certifications, home studies, deeds of
assignments, distributorship agreements, papers for adoption
purposes, affidavits, birth, death, marriage record, etc.
The number and type of authentication certificates you will need
to obtain depend on the nature of the document and whether or
not the foreign country is a party to the multilateral treaty on
"legalization" of documents.
a) If your document is intended for use in a country which is a
party to a treaty called the Hague Convention Abolishing the
Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents ("Hague
Legalization Convention"), obtaining a special "apostille"
certificate is generally all that is required.
for List of Counties who has joined
“The Hague Convention.”
b) If the country where the document will be used is not a party
to the Convention, you will have to begin the cumbersome,
time-consuming process of obtaining a series of certifications
known as the "chain authentication method". This is literally a
paper chase in which authorities will have to attest to the
validity of a succession of seals beginning with your document
and ending with the seal of the foreign embassy or consulate in
the United States.
The following conditions must be
met for all documents requiring authentication:
All seals and signatures must be originals.
All dates must follow in chronological order on all
All documents in foreign text must be accompanied with a
certified (notarized) English translation.
Whenever a copy (if acceptable) is used, it must include
a statement that it is a true and accurate copy.
Foreign governments require the U.S. Department of State
to authenticate documents in order for the documents to be
considered legal. Requirements for authentication:
a. Signed before a notary
b. Certified by the clerk of court of the county in
which the notary is commissioned*; and
c. Certified by the Secretary of State of the state in
which the document is executed.
* Item “b” may be omitted if the
authority in item c will certify directly to the notary.
STATE AND LOCAL DOCUMENTS
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FEDERAL AGENCY DOCUMENTS
If your document is to be used in
one of the countries on “The Hague Convention” list, it should
Certified by the clerk of court
Certified with the Apostille by the Secretary of State of
the state in which it being executed in.
After the above steps have been
fulfilled, the document requires
no authentication by the
U.S. Department of State. It is ready to go directly to the
country of use.
Documents requiring certification with the Apostille by the U.S.
Department of State are the ones which have been
executed under a Federal
agency seal or certified by an American or foreign consul.
We can provide authentication and legalization of apostille of Affidavit
of Single Status for China.