Spain is a Hague Convention member, so the expats living in Spain only need to get their American documents apostilled, instead of doing the authentication and legalization process.
The exact process to apostille your U.S. documents depends on the document type. You will need to contact your respective Secretary of State for documents such as U.S. birth certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce certificates.
On the other hand, you can simply submit a request to the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Authentications to get an apostille on documents such as FBI background checks.
After receiving an apostille on your U.S. documents, you can use them anywhere in Spain without the need for Spanish embassy legalization.
A U.S. Department of State apostille verifies that your document is valid and ready for official, educational, or employment submission in Spain.
It can be pretty difficult to get an apostille stamp on your documents if you don’t know what steps to follow. Working with Globeia, however, helps you avoid all the stress as a trained team of professionals will take care of the process for you.
You will not have to spend hours doing the paperwork, including filling out lengthy apostille request forms. Moreover, there is no need for constant back and forth with multiple offices to stay on top of their apostille requirements. All of this and more will be managed for you by the Globeia team.