For your application, you absolutely need properly certified copies of the original language certificate documents.
Official certification of copies can be carried out in Germany by a notary public or by any public body that is officially authorised to use an official seal (e.g. city hall, authorities, universities).
Outside Germany, only the German Embassy or the German Consulate will certify your copies of certificates in the required form. In some countries it is also possible to have copies certified by apostille. The original apostille must appear on the copy of the certificate.
Unfortunately, we cannot recognise simple copies of certificates. Similarly, certifications by ecclesiastical offices, by the AStA of a university, by health insurance companies or by translation agencies are not recognised.
How can I recognise an official certification?
- A certified document always bears an official seal and a signature.
- Collective certifications often have a string and a seal mark. The sheets may also be stapled together at the corner. Then the stamp must be on each folded sheet