The apostille requirement applies to any foreign public documents intended for use in Germany for visa, work, immigration, or education purposes. The apostille stamp makes these documents authentic for official submissions.
Use Globeia’s quick and easy US apostille service for Germany to submit your documents to the right apostille service. Access our online portal via the button below.
We prioritize making the US apostille process easily accessible for you. Our online application portal eliminates the need for complex forms and confusing instructions. Each step is properly labeled and supported with a detailed set of instructions.
The Globeia Customer Support team is also available to provide help with the process if you get stuck on any particular step. Once apostille, we will deliver your documents back in Frankfurt, Berlin, Leipzig, or any of your provided German addresses.
Immigrants in Germany often need to get documents from their home country apostilled. German authorities generally require authentication for public documents for immigration-related procedures. German businesses and educational institutes also ask applicants to submit background checks, educational degrees, relevant licenses, and reference certificates.
The most common use of apostilled documents in Germany is residency permits and visas. The same immigrants must also get their documents authenticated to register their marriages or enroll their children in German schools. Students coming to Germany for higher studies or investors transferring property ownership also need to apostille their documents.
Consular legalization is not required for Germany as it has been a Hague member country since 1996. Countries that still haven’t acceded to the Convention require this second type of document authentication.
There are two types of apostille applications in the US; Federal Apostille and State Based Apostille. The Department of State’s method is applicable for documents such as background checks, IRS certificates, and federal legal documents. You have to submit a DS-4194 form as your cover letter for this type of apostille.
The State-based apostille applies to most other US documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and diplomas issued by individual states. Each state has its own designated authority responsible for issuing apostilles, and the application process can vary slightly between states.
The Globeia team has extensive experience with both the US federal and state-based apostille processes. We'll guide you through every step, ensuring you submit the correct documents to the appropriate authority, be it the US Department of State or the relevant state office.