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    suspirar is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Notary and Apostille for Multiple Schools

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    Sorry, but I am a cheapskate.

    I want to apply to several overseas schools: 2 in Mexico and 3 in the Dominican Republic. Each university requires that I notarize and apostille a similar set of documents. Apostilling is expensive in California.

    I've never done the notary or apostille process. Can I get a document (like birth certificate or diploma) notarized and apostilled, and then make photocopies of the notary and apostille documents, and then send the photocopies of notarization and apostille docs to the medical schools?

    Must I show the notary only originals?
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    I don't think cutting corners will work here. The only ultimate source will be the individual schools and their policies regarding documentation.
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    suspirar is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Notarizing and Apostilling is worthless

    Notarizing and apostilling is a waste of time and money, just as I suspected, yet foreign schools still require that we waste our time on these procedures.

    From another forum:
    One can take any document to a local notary service, almost anywhere. The notary compares the signature on the document with the signature on a passport or driverís licence, and if they are the same, will stamp and seal the document. The notary does not read the document; it is irrelevant. A person can type out a document stating that he has won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry; is owed £1,000,000 by a major corporation, or has been elected Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

    The notarized document is then submitted to a national agency [Footnote 13: Sometimes there is an interim step, as in the US, where there is a state notarization process called authentication, before the federal process.] which confirms that the original notarized document has a proper seal and signature, then issues the Apostille. At no point does anyone read the document. Apostilles are issued by various agencies: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK, the Department of State in the US, the Ministry of External Affairs in India, etc., and sometimes by embassies and consulates.

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    Apostilles are being issued with accordance to Hague Convention on abolishing the legalization of foreign documents. It makes it easier to authenticate a document to use abroad. There are two ways you can get an apostille or foreign certification on your diploma:

    a) Go to the registrarís office in the University (for US) and ask them to notarize your diploma. Most commonly U.S school will provide such service. And proceed from there or
    b) Ask the target foreign Universities if they will accept an authenticated copy of your degree with an affidavit. (seldom used due to numerous exploits)
    Option (a) is the proper and most accepted way to legalize the degree, if so required. Even though I see that the process causes a significant amount of frustrations in many it is still a necessary procedure in order to verify to the foreign authorities that the document in your possession is authentic. Although, as stated above anything can be apostilled, there is still prove that the person who signed the document does exist and that the notary who verified the signature is registered and so on down the chain.
    Hope this helps,
    Vik

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    I think you may be right as no one reads the documents, but the apostille stamp at the end is a must

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