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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • APOSTILLE

  • On August 14th 2005, the Republic of Poland joined the international Convention (concluded on October 5th 1961 in the Hague) abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents by diplomatic representatives and consular officers. By now 102 countries have ratified the Convention, including almost every Member State of the European Union, as well as the United States of America, Russia and Israel.

     

    Therefore, under the Convention, Polish Consular Offices (including Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York) will not accept the following documents to be legalized:

     

    1. Judiciary documents (e.g. divorce records, adoption documents etc.)
    2. administrative documents (e.g. certificates of birth, certificates of marriage)
    3. notarized documents
    4. official certificates which are placed on documents signed by persons in their private capacity

    The aforementioned American documents will be considered legal in Poland on the basis of the certification that the Convention calls the ‘Apostille’. Such certifications are issued by authorized state offices, i.e. :

     

     

     

    The issuing procedures and requirements for the Apostilles vary in individual states. Therefore, the Consulate strongly encourages to ask individual state offices for information in order to avoid possible mistakes and the waste of time. We would also like to inform you that the Consulate General still authenticates documents: signatures, translations and copies of the original documents. In case of any questions, please contact  the Legal Department of the Consulate General (tel.: 646 237 2180 or 646 237 2132) or visit our website and click “Legal matters” to find more information.

     

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