Background

It is not unusual for foreign embassies and consulates to request that documents are to be translated, notarized, and or authenticated/legalized.

Documents issued by local government councils, State and Federal Government

Ministries, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, educational certificates, police character certificates are expected to pass through the authentication and legalization process.

Steps: Birth Certificate, Police Character certificate, Marriage Certificate:

  • It is a strict requirement that all documents must be notarized by a Notary public; • Authenticated at Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and then
  • Legalized at the embassy.

 Steps: Educational Certificates:

  • The documents will be notarized by a Notary public;
  • Authenticated at the Ministry of Education; • Authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and
  • Legalized at the embassy.

Processing Times: 1-2 weeks upon receipt of original documents

Business Impact: foreign nationals, dependents, expats, Business visitors, investors.