Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a country with growing potential in political, economic and cultural development. Despite the instability and clashes with the military and almost the absence of a tourism infrastructure, Afghanistan is considered a “Land of opportunities”. Afghanistan is supported by the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) which is the main agency that promotes and inspires a foundation of foreign, domestic and private investment. Like all advanced world countries, Afghanistan requires that all foreigners who are intending to go to Afghanistan to prepare their documents in accordance with embassy legalization standards.
Most countries that are party to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, abolishing the requirement of consular legalization for foreign public documents enjoy a bit of an easier process of acquiring document certification. However, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is not party to the convention; therefore, one will have to endure extra paperwork “red tape” and lengthy procedures for filling out forms.
Legalization services can be lengthy in Afghanistan
An individual will need Embassy Legalization or Consular Legalization which is called “Chain Authentication”. This kind of legalization means that documents needed for non-Hague Countries are subjected to "chain authentication". Authentication requirements happen in different stages. For example the legalization process takes place at the State, Federal and Embassy levels. Thus, the “chain” effect for the documentation process. This long process is because Afghanistan does not participate in the Hague Convention.
The Department of State’s Authentications Office is responsible for issuing and signing notes under the Seal of the United States Department of State. These offices provide authentication services on papers that will be used in foreign regions. Afterwards, the paperwork is certified in the Embassy or Consulate of that country legalizing them for use in those countries.
Consular legalization of official paperwork is a confirmation process. The certification of authenticity or validation of the signatures of the officials proves that they are recognized authorities to certify the signatures on documents. Proof is also obtained with using the seals or stamps to which the document is fastened.
All applicants should submit their papers to Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York or directly consult with the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. Be aware that documents for investment, tourist, marriage, criminal records, passport copies, bank letters, no record of marriage certificates, original diplomas and transcripts for educational purposes may include a certificate of incorporation and even bylaws from sponsoring companies, etc.
Visa requirements has been changed recently and now it takes about 3 days to obtain a visa. Likewise, it is advised to fill out an online application form and seek professional advice as this is a difficult process. Our office can then contact you to aid in easing the paperwork procedure.
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