The Hague Convention apostille is a document resulting from a treaty, which includes several countries, and its main purpose is to facilitate the proof of authenticity of documents. Brazil adhered to this in 2015, and it has since helped many people.
A good example for us to be able to explain the purpose of this apostille would be if someone would like to do an exchange program abroad.
It is already well known that, in these cases, it is always necessary to have a sworn translation of the documents that will be used in this process, such as birth certificates, school records and diplomas. But the most important detail is that in order for these documents to be translated, their veracity must be proven.
The process is as follows: the documents must be taken to a notary or registry office, in the same city in which they were issued, in order to authenticate the signatures. After this stage, these documents need to be made into an apostille, so that when the sworn translation request is made in the destination country, upon seeing the Hague apostille attached to the document, there will be no doubt as to its veracity.
One of the advantages of the Hague apostille is the fact that it has no expiration date. That is, you can issue it now and use it when you need it, even if that is a long time from now.
For this reason, for those who intend to leave the country to study, for example, we recommend that they go through the process of authenticating their signatures and get the apostille for the documents as soon as they are issued. This way, when it is time for the sworn translation, that part will already be taken care of.
The cost of a Hague Apostille, although in theory should follow a table, vary widely depending on the city and the chosen notary or registry office. In general, they vary between 40 and 120 reais.
If you would like to know more information about sworn translation, the Hague apostille, and other questions that may arise, please contact Global Languages, and we will be happy to help!