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Legalisation of documents in the US to be used in Cuba

Nov 27 , 2023

When undertaking migration or temporary residence in a foreign country for work or educational purposes, it becomes crucial to authenticate specific documents pertaining to identity, marital status, or academic certificates. The requirements for the aforementioned matter vary across countries, resulting in potential differences in the specified criteria. Depending on the country issuing or receiving the certificate, documents may need to be apostilled or legalised for use. For this reason, understanding the differences between legalising documents and apostilling them is therefore essential.

Below you will find the main elements about each of these methods. However, always bear in mind that each country has specific requirements which should be checked. Always make sure you have all relevant information before applying for this type of service.

Apostille: what’s it for?

Streamlined document legalization procedures are outlined here, specifically tailored for nations that are parties to the Hague Convention.

In the context of Cuba, the appropriate protocol involves the legalization of documents. This is necessitated by Cuba’s non-membership in the Hague Convention, precluding the acceptance of apostilles as a valid means of certifying documents.

Legalisation of documents: how does it work?

Legalisation in the State of Issue: in this first stage you must legalise the documents in the state in which they were issued. To do this, please refer to the authentication office of the state department, where its secretary will issue a certificate corroborating the authenticity of the document.

Office of Authentication of the Federal Department of State

The documents are sent to the Authentication Office of the Federal Department of State. At that stage, the Authentication Office verifies the authenticity of the signature of the state official responsible for the legalization process.

Cuban Consulate

Finally, the documents must be submitted to theCuban Consulate in the United States. At this point, the document undergoes a comprehensive final review and verification to ensure its alignment with the stipulated requirements for use in Cuba. Upon meeting the specified criteria, the document undergoes the legalization process.

In every instance, the original document, along with a translated copy in the language of the destination country, must undergo legalization. The translated copy should be notarized and certified.

For this procedure, you can hire the services of an agency such as Opapeleo, which specializes in document legalization for use in Cuba. Opting for this solution not only saves you time but also alleviates concerns, as the agency takes care of every stage of the process.

Opapeleo’s assistancefacilitating the process

Opapeleo is an agency located in Washington D.C. that understands the complexities of the document legalization process for Cuban nationals in the United States. We provide support at every stage of the legalisation process in order to avoid problems and delays.

You can get in touch with us as follows:

By calling 202-800-4141

Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.

About Us

Opapeleo is your agency for procedures 100% online or telephone. We are in Washington DC 150 meters away from the Cuban Consulate. We provide services for the Extension and Renewal of Cuban Passport, Legalisations, Powers of attorney on all kinds, Authorisations for minors to leave the country, DVT, Visas to Cuba, Top-ups, applications for Cuban certificates, delivery of official documents and all kinds of procedures related to Cuba.


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