As part of your application, you will need to provide Apostille certification of your original public documents.
An apostille is an authentication of your document certifying the authenticity of all documents for use in other countries or jurisdictions.
An apostille should not be confused with a raised stamp or any other certification - if you are in doubt as to whether you have the correct certification please click here to see an example of the layout of an apostille. (need to scan in an example of an apostille document)
When making Aliyah it is required that original public documents (Marriage, Divorce, Death and Conversion Certificates) issued after September 1988, need to be Apostilled.
Countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention are not able to issue Apostilles. A different documentation verification process will be required possibly by the Embassy of your Country of birth, please discuss this with the Israel Centre before you do this.
You can get your original documentation Apostilled at:
- The Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria
- The High Court Johannesburg or Pretoria (it is no longer obtainable from the High Court in Cape Town)
- The Aliyah Department will advise you on a lawyer, who is able to assist you with this process. Please note most lawyers make notarised copies which they then have Apostilled, which will be unacceptable for Aliyah purposes.