Russia: Curiosity – Birth and Marriage Certificates to Be Legalized for HQP Family Members
Dependents of Highly Qualified Professionals must provide legalized certificates for visa application
According to a change introduced by the Federal Migration Service, from the beginning of 2012 family members and dependents of highly qualified foreign professionals must submit legalized birth and marriage certificates to support their invitation letter and visa applications.
Whether a document requires apostille or consular legalization depends on the country issuing the original document. If the country issuing the public document is a signatory member to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, then apostille is the appropriate form of legalization.
If a country is non-signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, then consular legalization is required. Consular legalization involves a chain of signatures placed on the document in order of hierarchy.
The processing time for apostille and consular legalization varies from country to country; therefore applicants are advised to check their requirements in advance, in order to secure legalization in time for visa application.
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