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Businesses of all sizes can expand their markets by operating abroad. But to do so, your documents need either Apostille or “gold seal” authentication. CT can put all the pieces together for you.
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To conduct transactions overseas, such as opening a foreign bank account, a U.S. business must present an Apostillized copy of its Articles of Incorporation (or Articles of Organization). However, some countries require not an Apostille, but a certified copy bearing a special gold seal instead.
Countries participating in the Hague Convention of 1961 require an Apostilled copy of your formation documents to open a bank account or engage in other business transactions. Apostilled documents are recognized without the need for additional certification or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country.
In place of an Apostille, countries that do not participate in the Hague Convention may demand a copy of your Articles of Incorporation/Organization validated by a formal gold seal. Unlike the Apostille, you may still be required to take additional steps for your documents to be fully recognized.