The Hague Convention, created in 1661, is an agreement entered into by 111 countries; including Brazil and Italy. It aims at facilitating the certification of documents among countries through a unique document, called Apostille. Thus, Brazilian citizens who want to certify their documents issued in Brazilian territory, they no more need to translate, sworn, acknowledge signatures or notarize all those papers before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This process is done through the Apostille.
How does this Apostille work?
As of now, the Brazilian citizen shall search for an ordinary notary office and ask for the Apostille for their documents, such as: certificate of marriage, their parent’s, grandparent’s, and other relatives’ certificate of death, among other Brazilian documents required for obtaining the Italian Citizenship.
At first, the Apostille will be issued only by the Notary Office of the Brazilian Capitals and the Federal District.
In the city of São Paulo, the Apostille shall cost BRL 93.7, that, when compared to the amount due on translations and certifications, it is way lower than it is now.
However, it does not mean that every document that has been already notarized and certified shall be recertified through the Hague Convention. Until now, the Italian Comuni will keep their ordinary services.
We, at Gobbi, will keep posted on the Hague Convention updated and get ready to service clients who want to start the citizenship process through this new way, and, of course, service those who already have their documents translated, sworn and certified.
Do not forget to contact us, and go for this dream called Italian Citizenship!