Visas and consular services

Apostille - Hague Convention

According to article 162 of Law 105 / 1992 with regards to the regulation of international private relations, please be advised of the following: all official documents edited or legalized by a foreign authority can be presented to the Romanian authorities on condition that they are legalized following a hierarchic, administrative way; further, they must be over authenticated by the Romanian diplomatic or official consular missions; this will guarantee the authenticity of signatures and seal.

This type of legalization is subject to the procedure established by the state of origin of that particular document; it is also followed by the over-legalization made by the Romanian diplomatic mission or by the Romanian consular services.

As a result of adhesion to the Convention of Hague (October 05, 1961) concerning the abolishing of over-legalization request of the official foreign documents, Romania absolves of over-legalization all documents emitted by the authorities of contracting countries.

Canada has not yet signed off the above mentioned convention. Therefore, the Canadian official documents due to be presented to the Romanian authorities must be over-legalized.

The following are the steps to the over-legalization procedure:

1) In order for the signature and seal of the emitting party to be legalized, the Canadian official document has to be mailed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs – Authentication of Documents JLAC, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2, toll free: 1-800-267-8376, or phone: 613-944-4000 Ottawa area and overseas; fax: 613-944-7078). The Canadian Authorities legalize the Canadian official documents within about 20 business days since the date they receive the documents.

2) The official document will then have to be mailed or presented to the Embassy/Consulates in view of over-legalizing the seal and signature of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Consular fee: see Consular Fees (Section I - General Services, Subsection B - Notarial Documents, Seal and signature legalization).

Those solicitants requesting this by mail will send the document along with a prepaid envelope to the Embassy.

Turnaround time for this procedure: 2 – 3 working days.

If personally presented to the Embassy/Consulates, the over-legalization will be done the very same day.


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