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EUROPEAN UNION – Apostille No Longer Required on Public Documents Issued by EU Member States

, 22/02/2019

Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective 16 February 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one EU member state to the authorities of another EU member state.

In addition, EU citizens are also no longer required to provide an official translation of their public documents in many cases – instead they can request a multilingual standard form, available in all EU languages, to present as translation aid attached to their public documents.


These measures should lead to faster gathering of supporting documents, especially for applications for EU Certificates of Registration involving dependent family members, and Residence Cards for family members of EU citizens.

However, the implementation of the new rules may take varying amounts of time at different authorities in different member states.

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Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.