Chicago sees travelers off to every corner of the world with a huge international hub, a diverse population, and situated in the middle of the country. Visa applications, passport renewals, and airline reservations are just some of the things travelers have to deal with before flying out, but when it comes to getting all the paperwork together, the process can be rather confusing.
Apostille certification is one of those times. When a document issued in the US needs to be recognized in another country, travelers have to have it certified using an Apostille, assuming the country where it will be seen is under the Hague Convention. Otherwise, an Authentication Certification is sufficient; this applies to countries like China.
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Because many travelers from the US head abroad on tourist visas or receive clearance on arrival, they may have never had to deal with Apostilles. However, those planning on working abroad or traveling for business may find they need them; some countries ask that federal criminal background checks be submitted along with a work visa application, and this not only requires the document itself from the FBI (sometimes several weeks’ processing time), but Apostille certification from the federal government.
If you’re looking for Apostille Certification in Chicago, there are a few ways to go about it. Because the Secretary of State office – where official Apostille service is offered – in Springfield isn’t exactly accessible to the majority of travelers, a satellite office in Chicago offers walk-in service as well. As documents like marriage licenses and university diplomas are state issued, they can be certified locally.
While those seeking either a state-issued Apostille or a federal one can choose to mail in their documents, this is subject to a bureaucratic backlog that can cost the applicant days or even weeks better spent traveling. Applying in person in Chicago is allowed, but this isn’t always possible during regular business hours with a long wait.
Apostille services, like any other form of bureaucracy, require specific paperwork in order to successfully authenticate any document. Just as with visa applications, Apostilles may be rejected for missing information, resulting in a delay in your departure, which could invalidate a visa. This can cost time and money applicants simply may not have.
Travel Visa Pro can cut out all the middlemen and provide service for every step of your travel plans. Registering your trip with the US Department of State, arranging travel insurance, getting an Apostille for a visa application, and renewing your passport are all possible at TVP’s Chicago office. Come to us with your visa and passport needs, and we’ll handle the Apostille certification for you, whether you need certification for marriage certificates, business agreements, criminal background checks, diplomas, or any documents issued by the government.
Travel Visa Pro’s travel experts can significantly cut down on the time at every step of this application process by offering all the travel services you need in one location.