Korea – Notary Public for Educational Qualifications and Apostille (아포스티유)
Notary public services and apostille for Australian Educational Qualifications used in Korea
As an experienced notary public, we provide notary public services to Korean overseas students. We often verify and notarise their educational qualifications, degrees, transcripts and academic records for use in Korea. Also, we help obtain an apostille (아포스티유) from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on their behalf.
Why do you need notarisation?
Notarisation of the testamur, degrees, certificates, academic results or transcripts, letters of completion and other educational qualifications or academic records is generally required if you have attended an Australian education institution but want to use those documents in another country like Korea.
In many cases, our clients require our notary public services and an apostille to apply for further studies or for employment in Korea, especially if they studied in a primary or secondary school or a private tertiary institution in Australia. So whatever the reason, if you are studying in or have studied in Australia, but you are now intending to travel to Korea for further study or work, you should consider whether your educational qualifications, degrees, transcripts and your academic records must be notarised and stamped with an apostille. It is possible that without an apostille, your documents may not be accepted or recognised in Korea.
Why do you need an apostille?
As Australia and Korea are both members of the Apostille Convention, documents from Australia must be stamped with an apostille before they will be accepted or recognised in Korea.
If you are planning on returning to Korea and you know you need an apostille, then consider making your arrangements for notarisation and the apostille while you are still in Australia and before you return. Normal processing times for the apostille are least 7 days, and if there are complications or delays it could take even longer. Do not leave this until just before you travel. There will not be enough time for your documents to be notarised and stamped with an apostille and there are no exceptions to the processing times, especially with DFAT.
What happens if you do not follow these requirements?
If you do not notarise or stamp your documents with an apostille before you leave Australia, you can still do it when you are back in Korea. Some clients only realise that they need an apostille after they have returned to Korea, and in those cases they normally contact a local ‘apostille agent’ to arrange for their documents to be notarised and stamped with an apostille. We work closely with a number of apostille agents in Korea to assist clients who have already returned to Korea but now need to have their documents stamped with an apostille.
Do you have any questions regarding this article?
Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.
Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.
So, what's next?
Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.
Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.