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Apostille and Authentication Procedures

 
United States Citizens
 
Obtaining an Apostille:
 
What is an apostille?
Certain documents intended for use abroad (such as birth certificates, marriage certificates,
criminal checks, adoption papers, etc.) require authentication to ensure they are legitimate in the
country in which they are to be used. The government provides this authentication in the form of an apostille. Citizens of countries that are party to the Hague Convention must submit documents, namely criminal background checks (CBCs) and diploma photocopies, with apostille authentication. Without an apostille affixed to these documents, a visa cannot be issued. 
 
Visit Travel.State.Gov for more information on the Apostille and Hague Treaty.
 
NB: As Canada is not a party to The Hague convention Canadians must provide authentication by having the documents notarized (by a public notary) and then certified (stamped) by the Korean consulate. See below for more details.
 
How do I get the Apostille for my diploma photocopy?
Pay the $55 apostille fee here. Then provide a high quality scan of your diploma to your recruiter 
 
How do I get the Apostille for my FBI CBC?
As the FBI issued CBC is a federal document it needs to be apostilled at the federal level. There are two ways to do this. You can mail the CBC yourself to the US Department of State to apply for the apostille. This costs $8 per document, but could take as long as six weeks to process and has in the past resulted in start date delays. More information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/internl-judicial-asst/authentications-and-apostilles/office-of-authentications.html. If you decide to do this, we highly recommend checking with the State Department for their current processing time.
 
In order to expedite the process, Aclipse has partnered with a company called Monument Visa to expedite this process. If you do this, pay the $55 apostille fee here. Then send the electronic file of your FBI CBC to your recruiter. 
 
Canadian Citizens
 
Obtaining Authentication: Please also call to confirm with consulate
 
Please be advised that as of 19 April 2021, the Canadian documents for use in Korea are required to be additionally authenticated by the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector (JLAC) or the Provincial Government Authentication Service before the legalization by the Korean Consulate in Toronto. 

※ Since Canada is not a Country member of the Hague Apostille Convention, all official Canadian documents must be LEGALIZED in order to be officially accepted and have full validity in Korea.
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LIST OF AUTHENTICATION OFFICES
CANADA: Global Affairs Canada, Authentication Services Section (JLAC)
     docs@international.gc.ca
     1-833-928-1551
ON: Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
     416-625-8416
MB: City of Winnipeg, Commissioner for Oaths/Notary Public Appointments, Renewals and Authentications
     comforoath@gov.mb.ca, 207-945-3654, 1-866-323-4249 (in Manitoba)

1. In-person

(1) ORIGINAL RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been authenticated by the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector (JLAC) or RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been firstly notarized by a lawyer office in Ontario or Manitoba and additionally authenticated by the Provincial Government Authentication Service  

(2) Fee: C$5.20 per copy *cash or debit card only

(3) Applicant’s passport


2. By a Third party

- If you currently reside in Korea, you must apply through a representative who resides in our jurisdiction (Ontario and Manitoba).

(1) ORIGINAL RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been authenticated by the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector (JLAC) or RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been firstly notarized by a lawyer office in Ontario or Manitoba and additionally authenticated by the Provincial Government Authentication Service  

(2) A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (picture page only)
(3) A photo ID of the representative

(4) Fee: C$5.20 per copy *cash or debit card only


3. By Mail

(1) Application for Notarial Service (attached)

(2) ORIGINAL RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been authenticated by the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Sector (JLAC) or RCMP CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK which has been firstly notarized by a lawyer office in Ontario or Manitoba and additionally authenticated by the Provincial Government Authentication Service  

(3) A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (picture page only)

(4) Fee: C$5.20 per copy - Money Order (Payable to:“Korean Consulate“)

    *We do NOT accept personal cheque!

    *Outside Canada: KEB HANA BANK MONEY ORDER ONLY

(5) (Within Canada) PREPAID AND SELF ADDRESSED Xpresspost return envelope (Xpresspost - CANADA POST ONLY)
    (Outside Canada) PREPAID AND SELF ADDRESSED DHL return envelope (Air Waybill must be included)

THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE AUTHENTICATION PROCESS FOR DIPLOMAS ARE SIMILAR AND CAN BE FOUND HERE.
 
 
KOREAN CONSULATES IN CANADA
 
TORONTO (ON (except Ottawa), MB residents)
555 Avenue Rd
Toronto, ON, M4V-2J7
(416) 920-3809
http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ca-toronto-ko/index.do
 
VANCOUVER (BC, AB, SK, YK, NWT, NT residents)
Suite 1600-1090 West Georgia St
Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7
(604) 681-9581
http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ca-vancouver-ko/index.do
 
MONTREAL (QC, NB, PEI, NS, NL residents)
1250 Rene-Levesque Blvd West, Suite 3600
Montreal, QC, H3B 4W8
(514) 845-2555
http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ca-montreal-ko/index.do
 
OTTAWA (Ottawa, Gatineau and driving distance to Ottawa)
150 Boteler Street,
Ottawa, ON, K1N 5A6
(613) 244-5010
http://overseas.mofa.go.kr/ca-ko/index.do

Other E2 Citizens:
 
Obtaining an apostille in your home country is very similar to the procedures in the US.
 
UK citizens visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised

Australian citizens visit: http://www.apostille.com.au/

South African citizens visit: http://www.dirco.gov.za/consular/legalisation.htm

Irish citizens visit: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/our-services/authenticating-documents/

New Zealand citizens visit: https://www.govt.nz/browse/nz-passports-and-citizenship/proving-and-protecting-your-identity/use-your-nz-documents-overseas/#how-you-apply