Apostille approval process and document translation

Foreigners need a  translator or interpreter to complete many transactions in Turkey,

  • Labor contract,
  • Preparation of any Power Of Attorney document,
  • Preparation of the rental contract,
  • Mobilization agreement,
  • Preparation of the apartment sales agreement,
  • School enrollment forms,
  • Any installment purchase contract,
  • Public services ( connection the electricity, gas, water, internet or telephone)  agreements,
  • Translation of the personal documents  ( marriage, birth certificate, or any family documents)
  • Any Bank transaction,
  • Preparation of any commitment letter or consent letter at the notary public,

We advise that any agreement should be prepared in two languages (Turkish and English) RL Immigration & Relocation Office translates all English documents into Turkish and notarizes them if necessary and sends a person to accompany the foreigner for the above transactions.

Some transactions process must be in the presence of a notary public. (Such as giving a Power of Attorney)  thus, notary must call a sworn interpreter.  Sworn interpreter must translate into English what is written on the paper.

RL Immigration & Relocation Office  gives sworn interpreter service in the determined notaries.

Any transaction, such as purchasing process or putting an annotation process at the land registry office, requires an expert interpreter certified by the relevant courthouse. The authorized expert interpreter must translate what the officer says into English.

Immigration & Relocation Office gives certified  sworn interpreter service in any land registry office in Istanbul

Apostille Process:

To use some documents in Turkey, they must be approved as Apostilled in the country where they are issued.  ( Apostille is a kind of international approval between the parties that signed the agreement) 

As of July 2022, 124 states are contracting states of the Apostille Convention:

AlbaniaDenmark LiechtensteinRussia
 AndorraDominicaLithuaniaSaint Kitts and Nevis
Antigua and BarbudaDominican Republic LuxembourgSaint Lucia
 Argentina Ecuador MalawiSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Armenia El Salvador Malta Samoa
AustraliaEstonia Marshall Islands San Marino
AustriaEswatiniMauritiusSao Tome and Principe
AzerbaijanFiji Mexico Saudi Arabia
BahamasFinlandMoldova Senegal
 BahrainFrance MonacoSerbia
BarbadosGeorgiaMongolia Seychelles
BelarusGermanyMontenegro Singapore
 Belgium GreeceMorocco Slovakia
 BelizeGrenada NamibiaSlovenia
 Bolivia GuatemalaNetherlands South Africa
Bosnia and HerzegovinaGuyanaNew Zealand South Korea
Botswana Honduras Nicaragua Spain
 Brazil Hungary NiueSuriname
Brunei IcelandNorth Macedonia Sweden
 BulgariaIndia Norway  Switzerland
Burundi Indonesia OmanTajikistan
Cape Verde IrelandPakistanTonga
 Chile Israel Palau Trinidad and Tobago
China Italy PanamaTunisia
 Colombia JamaicaParaguay Turkey
 Cook Islands JapanPeruUkraine
 Costa Rica KazakhstanPhilippinesUnited Kingdom
CroatiaKosovaPolandUnited States
 CyprusKyrgzstanPortugal Uruguay
 Czech RepublicLatviaRomaniaUzbekistan
LiberiaLesotho VenezuelaVanuatu

Eeach country determines an authorized place for the preparation of the Apostille approval documents (such as the governorship, or notary public in the relevant countries)

If the owner’s presence is not required, RL Immigration & Relocation Office contacts the agents in the relevant countries to obtain Apostille Approval.

If some Turkish documents are to be used outside of Turkey, they must be approved as Apostilled by the governorship ,RL Immigration & Relocation Office gives this service as well.

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