Moving Overseas: Tips for Apostilles, Legalizations, Visas and More

Doing your homework

It may seem like a daunting task at times trying to determine the requirements for a visa, residency or even taking out a new nationality in a foreign country. As someone who has lived overseas in several countries for the better of 10 years, I can tell you that it never gets any easier. You want to make sure things are done right the first time but do not know what information to trust or even what questions to ask. So much information on the internet is outdated by the time you read it. Even when you get information from people already living in the foreign country, it may not be right.

Getting it right has to be your top priority. Knowing where to go and whom to trust is the key. Double checking details with other sources certainly cannot hurt. Even contacting attorneys or legal consultants would seem like a great idea. But are you getting the right information? Are those sources up to date and the most knowledgeable? You would be surprised at the answer. Many attorneys specialize in other areas of the law. While they are happy to take on new clients, they may not be specializing in immigration work and may not have much experience in it. They likely will not double check requirements with the government until you have retained and paid them something. By then critical errors may have already been made. You need a fresh and up to date perspective. buy ps5

The only way to get fresh and up to date information is to do the research when you need the information. Not 3 or 6 months in advance. The process of doing the research can take people days, weeks or even months. If you are not experienced in doing this type of research by scouring the internet, contacting the government, consulates and embassies, you might just find the task overwhelming.

Trusting the right resources

The web has a lot of great information. It also has a lot of outdated and bad information. As someone who has done immigration work for years, I can tell you that people often times end up with bad information. Not because they did not try to get the best information possible but rather because they trusted the wrong source.

Believe it or not, the wrong source for information may be someone you might not expect. It may be your fellow expatriate that has been living in the foreign country for some time. Sometimes they just make an honest mistake and pass along erroneous information. Think of this information like a simple story that gets twisted and changed just a little bit by each person that repeats it. By the time it gets to you, it may not be so accurate or sound like the original story.

Accuracy is only obtained by verifying information with multiple sources. Even the government offices do not give out accurate information all of the time. They may not update their web sites, their printed material may be out of date, or any number of different scenarios can happen. Consulates are known to not be as up to date as they should be.

Forming a strategy

You know you have a few tasks you must accomplish. They include obtaining requirements for the legal transactions you need to accomplish, obtaining required documents such as marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc., getting them notarized when necessary, getting them legalized with an Apostille, Authentication Certificate or consulate legalization and possibly getting those same documents translated. You probably are not aware of how to accomplish the majority of these tasks.