The Government of Israel requires an international certification proving that the documents you present upon making Aliyah are genuine and authentic.
What is an apostille? What is an authentication?
An apostille is an international certification that allows an American or British official document to be certified for legal purposes in another country. The apostille itself is a stamp or printed form.
Canadian documents must be certified by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa (or by a Canadian consular office abroad) and subsequently authenticated by the relevant government office (Consulate General of Israel in Toronto or Montreal, or the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa) of the receiving state. This is referred to as authentication or legalization and replaces the need for an apostille.
Which documents require an apostille/authentication?
The usual documents that require an apostille are marriage, divorce, and death certificates, and name change and adoption papers. You will generally need an authentication on any document that was issued after September 1, 1988, but there are instances in which you may need authentication of a document issued earlier. For example, if a birth certificate was issued in a different country than the country that issued the passport, the birth certificate will require authentication, regardless of when it was issued. PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1, 2019 ALL relevant documents will require authentication regardless of the year they were issued. Check your personal application webpage to see if your documents need this certification.
Remember: You will be required to show your authenticated documents when you meet with the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration in the airport after making Aliyah.
Where do I get an apostille/authentication?
American documents: For a complete list of authorities in the US and where to apply, click here.
British documents: For details and information about authenticating British documents, click here.
Canadian documents: For information about getting your Canadian document authenticated by the Canadian government, click here. For information about getting your authenticated Canadian document recognized by the Israeli embassy, click here.
How much does this cost? How long will it take?
The answers to both of these questions vary greatly, and it is best to check directly with local authorities. It is recommended to begin the authentication process as soon as possible, so it does not delay your Aliyah plans.
Are there any services to make this easier or quicker?
The following are companies that provide services helping individuals with getting documents authenticated with Apostilles.
Although such services may be costly, they definitely are convenient when the last thing you need on your mind throughout the Aliyah process is to authenticate your documents.
Further questions? Call Nefesh B’Nefesh at 1-866-425-4924 for assistance.
**Please note that while NBN is happy to facilitate making connections between Olim and companies providing these services, NBN does not specifically endorse or recommend Apostille.Net or any other company providing similar services, nor can NBN be responsible for your engagement of Apostille.Net or any other company. Any such engagement is between you and such company and is your responsibility.