Many European and Asian countries require an apostille for educational documents like a high school diploma, professional education diploma, college or university diploma, and, of course, transcripts if you intend to move there in order to teach ESL or TOEFL, to teach in a public school, college, or university, to apply for studies, continue your education, or to apply for post-graduate studies.
When foreign authorities ask for a certified copy of your School Diploma, they actually want a document alluding to your attendance at an American university or institution and your receipt of the degree you claim to have received.
Since October 15, 1981, the United States has been part of the 1961 Apostille Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.The apostille is much like an international notary, with rules and regulations agreed upon in the Hague Convention. The Apostille process serves as a way for documents to be accepted across international borders, and ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country. When a document is to be used abroad, it may be necessary to authenticate the notarization or certification.
Our office can assist you with this challenging process if you are abroad and your home nation needs a verified copy of your diploma or another component of your academic record.