Travelers come all over the world and pass through Seattle: by land from Canada and the rest of the US, by air through SeaTac, and even by ferry. Fortunately residents and those using Seattle as a stopover don’t have to travel far to get an Apostille for any documents they might need for visa applications.
When you need an official document issued in the US to be recognized in another country, it must be certified using an Apostille. This applies to over a hundred countries recognized in the Hague Convention; for any others, a different kind of certification – Authentication – is available.
Because such certification (at the state level) is available at every office of the Secretary of State near the state capitol building, residents of Seattle are fortunate enough to be within a reasonable distance of Olympia. Though this might be a minor inconvenience – traffic aside – for some, for many who aren’t able to submit their documents in person during business hours, it’s next to impossible.
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The good news is that Apostille certification is also available through the mail, though the processing and return time cannot be guaranteed. Shipping documents to Olympia requires waiting a few days or weeks for them to be accepted, the Secretary of State to apply the Apostille, and to be sent back to you. All this time can add up, and unless travelers have weeks or months to work with their passport renewal and visa application before their flight, this isn’t always convenient or even possible.
If you need a state-issued Apostille for a document like a university diploma or a federally-issued one for a criminal background check, what choices do you have? State-issued documents like birth certificates and university diplomas may be given an Apostille in Olympia through the mail or in person, while federally-issued ones must be forwarded to the US Department of State offices in Washington DC. The reasons anyone may need either type of Apostille isn’t strictly limited to visa applications: US citizens living abroad may need to have a marriage certificate with an Apostille to apply for dual citizenship.
Instead of sending in the applications you need one at a time and hoping everything is returned within a healthy window of your departure date, Travel Visa Pro can offer all the travel services you need at our Seattle office, from Apostille certification, passport photos, passport renewals, visa applications, and travel insurance, among others.
For many travelers, it all comes down to convenience. Would you rather handle your applications yourself for the first time? Even if you’ve have to apply for a passport renewal, Apostille, and visa application before, you may no longer have the free time during business hours you once had. Either way risks possible delays or even a cancellation. However, entrusting your application to a company with a proven track record of demystifying the visa and passport application process can make the difference between not having not stress before a trip or panicking over when the government will return your papers. Travel Visa Pro’s team of travel experts have over forty years’ experience getting our clients the travel documents they need in the time they need.