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The apostilling procedure for education documents will soon become more straightforward and breezier than before.

Previously, apostilles at the department of education were only stamped on the originals of documents.

The government has now simplified this procedure, adopting Resolution #1865 “On federal information system ‘The Federal Register of Apostilles Placed on Education Documents and/or Credentials’” on November 4, 2023.

As of December 2023, the placement of apostilles on education documents will now be done in electronic form along with the entry of information into the apostilles register, which will substantially reduce the wait time to obtain an apostille and simplify the document submission procedure. Entry of information into the register is done in electronic form by way of an enhanced qualified electronic signature.

A record of the apostille’s placement on Russian official education or qualification documents is created in the apostilles register. A 2-dimensional QR code is printed onto the receipt, which provides a link to the record located in the register on the placement of the electronic version of the apostille on education and/or the credentials.

An apostille in electronic form looks just like the original but with a 2-D QR code.

All participants of the Hague Convention began integrating apostilles in electronic form as far back as 2007. Currently, electronic apostilles are recognized in over thirty countries, including Hong Kong and USA. However, since not all countries use it yet, it’s worthwhile to ask the host party what their requirements are in terms of the apostille's processing.

If they require you to provide your education documents with a “live” apostille, the department of education can issue an apostille on paper as well or sew an apostille to the document, just as was done previously.

Our team of specialists will be happy to help you obtain an apostille in paper form on all the documents you need. For a consultation and additional information, get in touch with any one of our company specialists!

The people who most often wonder about the issue of obtaining an apostille stamp are those who plan to continue their education or work abroad, including countries that are party to the Hague Convention.

We inform you that the confirmation of documents conforming to government standards on educational degrees and academic titles (apostille stamping) is performed at the Department of Education of the City of Moscow, regardless of the location where the educational document was issued.

It's worth noting that the procedure for obtaining an apostille stamp on the original education documents is by no means quick but rather takes an average of 45 calendar days. Unfortunately, we often encounter many customers for whom getting started handling document formalization is one of the last things they get around to doing. Consequently, the aforementioned wait period comes as a surprise to them and often times ends up disrupting their plans. Then we get asked the question: “Isn't there some other way to do it? We've called several other agencies and they said they can get the apostille stamp in a week. Why does it take so long with you guys?”

This point requires clarification: an apostille can indeed be stamped within a week as well but not on the original document, rather on a notarial copy of it, and those are substantially different things. An apostille stamped on a notarial copy of a document confirms the authenticity of the notary's seal and signature that certified the copy; however, an apostille on an original document confirms the authenticity of the seal and signature of an official on the document itself (in the case of diplomas and credentials certificates – the authenticity of the educational institution's seal and the signature of the rector/dean of that educational institution).

By the way, an apostille on a notarial copy will cost at least twice as much as apostilling an original document, since a diploma and a diploma's attachments (as well as credentials certificates and attachments to them) are two different documents. Thus, a notarial copy of the diploma/credentials certificate and a notarial copy of the attachment to the diploma/credentials certificate will have to be done. In this case, there will be two apostilles: one on the copy of the diploma/credentials certificate and another on the copy of the attachment to the diploma/credentials certificate. Each apostille incurs a separate government fee of 2,500 RUB to be paid.

You should bear in mind that upon having an apostille stamped on a notarial copy of an education document, you may encounter the issue that the accepting party may refuse to examine the document in such a form. Let's take Italy for example: in order for a Russian educational document to bear legal force in that country, it must be certified in the proper fashion by completing a “dichiarazione di valore in loco” (confirmation of the equivalency of the obtained Russian document to Italian education standards) at the Italian Embassy. A requirement of this procedure is having an apostille stamped on the original diploma/qualifications certificate. Apostilled notarial copies are not accepted in that case.

We provide apostille stamping services for original documents as well as a services package for apostilling original education documents, translation of those documents into Italian, and obtaining a dichiarazione di valore in loco in the Italian Embassy in Moscow.

Obtaining an Apostille Stamp on Education Documents

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