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 Israeli Ministry of Interior amended the regulations for document certification for those seeking to make Aliyah requiring Apostilles on ALL foreign documents, including documentation from the USA and UK.
This change went into effect on January 1st, 2019.
The following documents need Apostilles regardless of their issue date:
- Birth Certificates (for all applicants)
- Personal Status documentation – Marriage, Divorce or Death certificates
- Name Change documents
- Adoption papers
- Criminal background checks (when applicable)
Canada is NOT part of the Apostille treaty and therefore Canadian documents must be certified by a chain of signatures at the Israeli consulate in Canada. This is required for all documents listed above.
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.
IMPORTANT FOR OLIM WITH NEW YORK STATE BIRTH CERTIFICATES:
All birth certificates issued in New York cities, including all five boroughs, need to have a letter of exemplification attached prior to attaching an apostille.
1. To get this letter the document must be taken to NY Bureau of Vital Statistics which is at 125 Worth St. CLICK HERE
Only recently issued certificates can have the letter issued. So, if the birth certificate is too old they will issue a certified copy and attach the letter of exemplification to this new copy.
2. Once that is done, the letter of exemplification needs to be authorized by the NY County Clerk at 60 Center St.
3. Now that these two steps have been completed, the Apostille can be acquired at the NY Secretary of State’s office at 123 William St.
Here is a quick guide to these steps, including locations: Letter of Exemplification for Olim from New York
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.
In addition these companies offer a discount to NBN Olim, make sure to mention this when you inquire about pricing.
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.
Last Updated on May 22, 2019!