This comes after the Philippines signed the Hague Apostille Convention.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippines, issued an advisory to overseas Filipino workers, stating a streamlined authentication process for documents required abroad or documents obtained abroad needed in the Philippines.
This comes after the Philippines signed the Hague Apostille Convention, an international treaty where member countries will do away with the third layer of the authentication process of public documents. Post this, the red ribbon has been done away with and replaced by an Apostille stamp. There are 116 countries which signed the convention including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and The Netherlands, according to reports in Filipino Times.
But, Filipinos who are working or planning to work in the UAE and countries which are not a member of Apostille Convention, will have to continue with the usual three-step authentication process which requires documents such as birth certificates and diplomas.
Further clarifying about non-Apostille countries, DFA stated in the FAQs on their website and wrote: “If your public document is to be used in a country where the Apostille Convention does not apply, you should contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to use the document in order to find out what your options are. This usually means that you need to present your documents to the said country’s embassy or consulate in the Philippines for its authentication/legalization”.
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