Legalization of HSE Diplomas and Degree Certificates
What is legalization?
Legalization of documents refers to assigning legal status in a given country to a document issued in another country.
NB! Documents may only be legalized in the same country where they were issued: e.g., a diploma issued in the UAE cannot be legalized in Russia.
Why do I need to have my diploma legalized?
What are the types of diploma legalization?
There are two main types of diploma legalization: apostille and consular legalization.
Аpostille is accepted in member countries of the Hague Convention of 1961 .
Is diploma legalization required in all countries?
No, some countries have signed a special agreement with Russia, under which your diploma will be recognized automatically.
How can I find out whether or not I need to legalize my diploma?
The type of legalization (if any) you need to apply for depends on the legislation of the country, where you are going to use your diploma. To check what kind of legalization is required use this reliable resourse.
is not required
Ministry of Education of Moscow Oblast
Moscow Department of Education
Ministry of Education of Moscow Oblast
2 1-st Spasonalivkovsky Pereulok, room 25
Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
+7 (499) 244 37 97
12 1-st Neopalimovsky Pereulok, entrance 2, hall 3
• Passport copy
• Notarized translation of the passport
• Original diploma + supplements
• 2 copies of the diploma + supplements
Up to 45 dayscheck your application status
Where can I get an official translation of my diploma?
To apply for a official translation of your diploma, please check the website of the HSE Expert Translation Centre.
NB! The HSE Expert Translation Centre do not notarize diploma or passport translations.
Where can I get my documents notarized?
A notarized document is one that has been certified by a notary public. A notary public is an official who can verify the identities of all persons who signed the document, certify the signatures, issue a power of attorney and affix a stamp to the document. To get a document notarized:
- visit a notary public;
- prove your identity;
- sign the documents.
NB! The notary will ask you to present your passnort and the original document to verify that it is true.
What should I do if I need both types of legalization?
If you need both types of legalization, you should submit an original diploma for apostille and its copy for consular legalization. In this case please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Prepare a notarized copy of your diploma and supplements bound together with a notarized offficial translation of your diploma and supplements into the national language of the country of submission.
NB ! You will need to present origianl documents to apply for a notarized copy.Processing time: 2 – 5 days.
Step 2: Submit the following documents to the Ministry of Justice (3/5 Smolenskiy Bulvar) for certification:
• A notarized copy of your diploma with its notarized translation
• Your passport
NB ! Free of charge.Processing time : up to 30 days.
Step 3: Submit your original diploma for apostille to the Moscow Department of Education or Ministry of Education of Moscow Oblast following the instructions mentioned above.
NB ! Fee: 2500 ₽ .Processing time : up to 45 days.
Step 4: Submit the following documents to the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for consular legalization:
• An application form
• A letter signed by I. Prostakov
• A notarized copy of your diploma and supplements
• A fee payment confirmation
NB ! Fee: 350 ₽ – diploma + 350 ₽ – supplements.Processing time : up to 7 days.
Step 5: Submit documents for legalization to the embassy/ consulate of the country where you intend to use it.
NB! List of documents and processing time depends on the consulate procedures.
Can I ask my friend to submit my documents on my behalf?
Yes, but your friend will need to present a notarized power of attorney authorizing him/her to act as your official representative.
NB! Your friend will need to have his or her passport to present when required.
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