Acknowledgement of foreign documents

The State Administration has to evaluate foreign documents to find out if the documents are genuine. Depending on where the document was issued, the document must fulfil specific requirements, such as a verification of the document or Apostille endorsement.

Please make sure to get the documents verified or getting an Apostille endorsement before submitting your application.
  

Documents that do not require an Apostille endorsement or a verification

If the document is issued respectively in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Turkey, there is no requirement on verification or an Apostille endorsement.

The above mentioned does also apply to documents from all European countries except the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Kosovo, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
  

Documents that must have an Apostille endorsement

If the documents are issued in another country, or if the document is issued in a state, that has ratified the Apostille Convention from the 5th of October 1961, it is required that the document has an Apostille endorsement from the country of origin.

You can find further information on the countries that have ratified the Apostille convention here.
  

Documents that must be verified

If the document was issued in a country that is not among the abovementioned, the document must be verified in order to be accepted as a genuine document in Denmark.

The documents must be verified in the country where the documents were issued. The verification process may vary from country to country. In most countries this verification practice is followed:

  1. The relevant resort ministry must verify the person who is entitled to issue the document
  2. The ministry of foreign affairs must verify the person who is authorized to issue the document (see section 1s)
  3. The Danish embassy/consulate must verify the person who is entitled to issue the document in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (see section 2).
      

Specific requirements for documents from Pakistan and Nigeria

Documents from respectively Pakistan and Nigeria must be verified; furthermore, the authenticity of the documents must be confirmed.

For more information on the verification and the authentication of documents from Pakistan, you can find guidance here (the following info is for applicants who are applying for an EU-residence permit).

For more information on the verification and the authentication of documents from Nigeria, you can find guidance here (the following info is for applicants who are applying for an EU-residence permit).
  

Translations

Please note, that the documents you are submitting to us have to be translated into Danish, German or English. The Apostille endorsement has to be translated too. If the document has been verified, all verification-stamps must also be translated.
  

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Senest opdateret 20. dec 2018
 
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