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29.07.2020 - Article

Certifying a signature (“Unterschriftsbeglaubigung”)

By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document was physically present and signed it in front of him or her. It is a simple form of authenticating a signature.

The signature must be executed in person in the presence of the consular officer or must be acknowledged in his presence. No advice about the legal meaning of the document to be signed is provided. However, in order to avoid legal status for a document that actually contains unlawful content the document must be in German and English language in order to be understood by the Consular Officer.

Notarization of Copies

Notarized copies can be made at the Consular Section of the German Embassy when the original document is presented and the certified copies need to be used for a German national or for a German authority/institution. If the copies are notarized by a notary public, please make sure that the notary public certifies on the copy that it is a true copy of the original (i.e. for example “This is a true copy of the original”).

Please bring the original document as well as a copy of the same.

Fees will be calculated in KWD and need to be paid in cash.


Copy of a document in German or in a foreign language using Latin characters


Copy of a document in a foreign language not using Latin characters:  

per page or part thereof € 1, min. € 10

per page or part thereof € 1.50, min. € 15


Legalization of German Certificates to be used in Kuwait (e.g. for applying for a residence Permit)

Documents are often only recognized by the authorities of another state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure. But even formally authentic foreign documents have on occasion been discovered to contain inaccurate information. It must therefore be confirmed in the process of international recognition that documents that are to be used abroad were both issued from the responsible agency and are factually correct.

What is a legalization?

How can I get my German certificate legalized?

Please note that after having received the prior certification/validation and in case you need your document legalized for Kuwait (e.g. Residence Permit application), please get in touch with the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Berlin http://www.kuwait-botschaft.de/


Legalization of Kuwaiti/Foreign Certificates to be used in Germany


Before arranging an appointment for the legalization of documents, please ensure getting the necessary certification/verification from the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs   of the State of Kuwait first.


Fees will be calculated in KWD and need to be paid in cash.


Foreign documents concerning civil status, including birth, marriage and death certificates as well as extracts from civil registers
€ 25
Other foreign public document
€ 45

 


·         What is a legalization? 

·         Foreign Public Documents to be used in Germany

In order to legalize a document by the German Embassy in Kuwait, you must ensure the following:

-  Documents must be issued by a Kuwaiti Authority.

-  Please note that the German Embassy in Kuwait only issues legalizations for original official documents. Private documents will not be legalized. Photocopies or certified photocopies may not be legalized. Documents must be issued by a Kuwaiti authority. Documents not issued in Kuwait cannot be legalized by the embassy. This also includes documents issued by other Embassies or entities in Kuwait.

Before arranging an appointment for the legalization of documents, please ensure getting the necessary certification/verification from the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs   of the State of Kuwait first.

Please book your appointment here . Please do not use Smartphone for scheduling an appointment.

Or you may use the services of VFS Global Visa Application Centre where the applicants can walk-in without any prior appointment. Information may be found on the Website


Information Note about the non-issuance of “no objection letters”

Please find below an information note by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kuwait which has also been officially forwarded to the competent local authorities due to an increase in enquiries about “no objection letters” in passport, residence or entry visa matters by local authorities:

- English version

- Arabic version

The information contained in this note is general and should not be taken as a definite statement of law.

For any enquiries regarding this matter please contact visa@kuwa.diplo.de


Translators

Kuwait does not have an institution of public translators comparable to the German system of sworn-in translators.

Although the Consular Department of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Shuwaikh does certify translations of registered translation offices, German authorities do not consider these translations equal to a translation by a German sworn-in translator.

A list of Kuwait-based translators for German-Arabic which are sworn in by a German court can be requested from the German Embassy by mail (info@kuwa.diplo.de).

All German federal states do provide data banks of German sworn-in translators and interpreters based within the respective state.

The German Embassy does not take any liability regarding the content, costs and quality of translations.

 

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