Notarize Case Study: Bridging Global Residency Applications


In a world where barriers to international mobility are increasingly falling away, the precise translation of legal documents emerges as a pivotal link in the chain of global movement. 

For non-Spanish citizens vying for residency in Spain, the journey begins not with the first step on Spanish soil, but with the accurate translation and certification of vital documents. Notarize was contacted to assist an applicant for a Spain non-lucrative visa application, who needed to translate, notarize and apostille an FBI background check. 


FBI background checks are a key part of any foreign residency application, along with proof of funds, and a medical certificate. When presenting documents to any foreign embassy or consulate, they must be translated into the official language or languages of the target country where the documents will be used. Additionally, for them to be used and recognized abroad, documents must be notarized and subsequently apostilled.

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In this particular case, Notarize was contacted for translation, notarization and apostille services to be presented to the Spanish Consulate in Miami. The Spanish Consulate in Miami serves as the gatekeeper for hopeful residents, demanding a stringent set of documents. The stipulations are precise, the wording obtuse, and the room for error virtually non-existent. By not complying, it's likely that one's application will be rejected.

Enter Notarize, a company with ample experience in providing certified and notarized translaions for immigration services, both within the United States and abroad. From translation accuracy to the complexities of notarization and apostille, we leave no stone unturned, a testament to our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance. We are up to date on the specific requirements for each country, and help clients navigate the bureaucratic maze for document preparation.

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The narrative of success is best exemplified through the eyes of a client in preparing and submitting their FBI background check for a Spanish residency visa application. Notarize was initially contacted, and from start to finish, including an express apostille service with the Florida Secretary of State, the document was successfully returned in 5 working days.

When faced with the labyrinth of legal document translation, one need not navigate it alone. Engage with Notarize and place your trust in our proven expertise. We are your partner in success on the global stage.

Frequently Asked Questions on Translation, Notarization, and Apostille for FBI Background Checks for the Spanish Consulate

Q1: What is an apostille and why do I need it for my FBI background check for the Spanish consulate?

A1: An apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. If you are applying for residency or certain visas in Spain, your FBI background check requires an apostille to certify its authenticity in the Spanish legal system.

Q2: How do I get my FBI background check translated and is any translator acceptable for the Spanish consulate?

A2: Your FBI background check needs to be translated by a certified translator into Spanish. The Spanish consulate typically requires that the translation is accurate and complete. It is advisable to use a translator who is certified by a recognized organization, such as the American Translators Association (ATA) in the U.S.

Q3: Can I notarize my FBI background check and other documents myself for the Spanish consulate application?

A3: No, you cannot notarize documents yourself. Notarization must be done by a licensed notary public who will certify your identity and the authenticity of the signatures on your documents. For use in the Spanish consulate, the notarization serves as a way to verify that the document is legitimate and the signatories are who they claim to be.

Q4: After getting an apostille for my FBI background check, do I need to do anything else before submitting it to the Spanish consulate?

A4: Once you have obtained the apostille, ensure that your documents are properly translated into Spanish by a certified translator. It is also recommended to check the latest requirements from the Spanish consulate as they may have specific guidelines on how the documents should be presented.

Q5: How long does the process of translation, notarization, and apostille take for FBI background checks?

A5: The time frame can vary. Translation can take a few days to a week, notarization is usually a quick process, and obtaining an apostille can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the state of issuance and method of processing (in-person, mail, or expedited service). Plan ahead and allow ample time before your consulate appointment.