Legalisation and apostille

ATTENTION: because of the current dynamic epidemiological situation you can alternatively present a confirmation from the embassy/consulate/ministry that you're waiting for apostille/legalization, however, in the II round of recruitment you must provide the apostille or have your documents legalized.




Legalization is a confirmation of formal compliance of the document with law or the authenticity of the signatures and seals placed on the document. A certificate (diploma) should be legalised by the relevant institutions of the country in which it was issued. Legalization of foreign education documents is made by:

  1. The consul of the Republic of Poland competent for the country on which territory or in which education system the certificate/diploma was issued, or
  2. Education authorities of the country on whoich territory or in which education system the certificate/diploma was issued
    Attention: in that case your documents still require signature of the Polish Consul or Ambassador (it will be necessary for nostrification), or
  3. Accredited in Poland or in another EU Member State, EFTA Member State or OECD Member State diplomatic mission or consular office of the country in which territory or in which education system the certificate/diploma was issued.

    If you are the holder of a document issued in one of the countries listed below, you should legalize it in a Polish diplomatic mission appropriate for a given country:

    Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, China (excluding Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong, Macao), Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.



Apostille is a confirmation of a document drawn up in one country allowing it to be used legally in another country. Apostille is issued by the competent authority of the country which the document was issued. The list of the competent authorities of the countries - parties of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 is available here.  Apostille is drawn up according to the model annexed to the Convention and has the form of annotations on the document or is a separate document that comes with it.





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