Exciting news in the world of document authentication: Saudi Arabia, on December 7, 2022, will become the newest participant in the Apostille Treaty, created at the Hague Convention in 1961.
As of December 7, 2022, Saudi Embassy will no longer accept documents for the legalization process, but rather engage the streamlined apostille process, as established by the treaty.
At WCS, we have already prepared for a smooth transition. WCS will provide you an apostille for Saudi Arabia and, as an add-on service, we can provide a Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber stamp.
Processing time at the U.S. Department of State is currently 11 weeks. All new document authentications, therefore, will be processed as apostilles. (Any current legalization would miss the cutoff date of December 7, and be ineligible for completion.)
This will save regulatory managers from overlapping processes or any confusion. Saudi Arabian document authentications will now run as quickly and simply as any apostille!
We have a lot to be thankful to those international leaders who convened in the Hague in 1961 to fashion an agreement that has forever simplified the process of international trade and documentation.
With recent new participants to the Hague treaty, such as Indonesia and Singapore, Saudi Arabia now joins more than 100 nations. As always, you can count on WCS to manage the transition.