официални езикови преводи, легализация на документи

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS


1.What is the difference between an official (legal) and a legalised translation?

Official (legal) translations are made by a sworn translator on a form of an authorised translation agency bearing the translator’s signature and the seal of the agency. The translation is attached to the document using a binding seal of the agency, thus certifying that the contents of the text are entirely identical in both languages.
Legalised is a translation which, apart from satisfying the above criteria, has been certified by the Consular Relations department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria. In the majority of cases, in order for a translation to be legalised, the original document needs to be legalised as well.


2. What is requested from you for the translation of a document?

For the translation of a document you will have to explain all abbreviations which might be difficult for the translator and spell out the transcriptions of all names in Latin as per the passports.


3. You need to legalise a personal document; what would you have to do?

All documents must be original. Those issued by the municipality such as: birth certificate (duplicates are accepted!), marriage certificate (duplicates are accepted!), certificate of the identity of names, proof of residence, certificate of heirs, etc., must have a rectangular seal for use abroad.
If you are obtaining a statement of criminal record, it would be necessary for you to indicate that it is intended to be used abroad, so that it would be issued in a manner allowing the placement of a certification mark – apostille.

As a whole, this principle applies to any document issued by any institution – don’t forget to specify that you need to use them abroad. If you need legalisation of a Diploma, you should be aware that the Ministry of Education only accepts documents for certification in person or with a notary-certified power of attorney. Should you decide to use our agency for the certification, we will provide the pre-written text for the power of attorney.
The procedure for legalisation of a document can sometimes be a long and complex process, so do not hesitate to contact our employees if you have any additional questions.

4.Can you receive your translated and legalised documents by mail?

Certainly, provided we have your exact address as well as a prior agreement. This would normally be done using a courier service whereby the cost is met by the customer.


5. What is Apostille ?


It is a type of certification – a stamp certifying the authenticity of the document. It has strictly specific requisites which are exactly the same for all countries which have signed the Hague Convention of October 5th, 1961 and legalise their documents with that stamp.
If you have a document issued by a country which has signed the Convention, it must bear such an Apostille in order for it to be accepted by our institutions as legal.
If your document was not issued by a country which has signed the Convention, the procedure for its legalisation is often rather complex and you will have to consult the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in that country, if any, or in the nearest country, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria or contact us for assistance.

6.When would a consular certification of documents at a foreign embassy be necessary?

Most often that would be necessary when a notary-certified copy of a document issued abroad must be prepared, since this cannot be done by a Bulgarian notary. Such a certification can be made on Bulgarian documents as well, translated and legalised by the Consular Relations department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria for use abroad, upon explicit request by the foreign authorities.

7. What are the timeframes for legalisation of documents at the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria provides the following timeframes for legalisation and certification of documents and other papers:
• express service – same working day
• quick service – next day
• normal service - 4 working days
The state fees for the three types of service differ.
In order to obtain more detailed information, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria www.mfa.government.bg, where, apart from the provisions and regulations for legalisation and certification of documents and other papers, you can also find:
- A list of the countries which have signed agreements with the Republic of Bulgaria for legal assistance for civil court cases providing exempt of the documents from legalisation
- A list of the countries which are parties in the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, signed in Hague on October 5th, 1961 (Convention № 12)