The act of attending the execution of a document and bearing witness to its authenticity, by signing one's name to it to affirm that it is genuine. The certification by a custodian of records that a copy of an original document is a true copy that is demonstrated by his or her signature on a certificate.

An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document. It is issued by a country that is party to the Apostille Convention to be used in another country which is also a party to the Convention. The Apostille streamlines the whole authentication procedure of documents for use abroad resulting to more convenience, less cost and processing time for the applicants.The Apostille will apply to the same types of documents (Power of Attorney, Marriage Certificate, Marriage Affidavit, Birth Certificate, Educational Certificates & Transcript, Medical documents, Financial Support and others Affidavit) that are subject to authentication by the Ministry of Fofeign Affairs prior to the effectivity of the Apostille Convention in the Countries.

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