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How to translate and legalize your au pair documents

Datum: 20/10/2021
Auteur: Manou Zwolle

What is document legalization and why is this necessary to legalize you au pair documents? What is The Apostille Convention and is the Netherlands part of this convention? All questions that we will answer in this blog. Read on!

What is document legalization?

This makes it possible to use documents in another country.  If you want to come to the Netherlands as an au pair it can happen that some documents need to be legalized.

Read more about how to become an au pair.

There are several steps to complete the process of legalization including authorities to sign and stamp your documents. Most countries have agreements for this.

Documents that can be legalized in the Netherlands include court orders, civil status document and diplomas. Legalization shows that the documents are correct and issued by an expert authority.

Au pair documents that need to be translated

How does legalization of au pair documents work?

The process of legalization varies by country and depends on the agreements between the Netherlands and the country the documents come from.

Here you can select your country or region to read more about the agreement between your country and the Netherlands.

To explain the process, we will use ‘Country A’ as the country the documents come from:

  1. The authority in Country A checks that the document has been signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or another competent authority). After approval a stamp is placed on the document which shows the Dutch authorities that the document has been issued by the authority in Country A.
  2. The Dutch embassy checks the document and places another stamp on the document. This can also be done by the consulate-general or honorary consul in Country A.
  3. The Apostille Convention is an agreement saying that not all these steps are required.
  4. The Netherlands is a member of the Apostille Convention and this means that the documents are legalized using 1 stamp only. This is called an ‘apostille’.
  5. Sometimes legalization is not necessary or not possible.

(source: www.netherlandsworldwide.nl)

Legalization

As stated before, legalization makes it possible to use documents in another country and the process consists of authorities to sign and stamp your documents. There are different agreements per country for het legalization of your documents.

The process consists of checking that the document has been signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or another competent authority). After approval, a stamp is placed on the document which shows the Dutch authorities that the document has been issued by the authority in that country. The Dutch embassy checks the document and places another stamp on the document. This can also be done by the consulate-general or honorary consul in the country the documents came from.  

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