Effective August 14, the Consulate General of Brazil will no longer legalize any documents (e.g. school, public or private) issued in the United States. This change is the result of Brazil joining the Hague Apostille Convention. As such, American documents will simply need to be accompanied by an “apostille” issued by the Secretary of State of the state where the document was issued. Additionally, Brazilian documents will no longer be required to be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministério das Relações Exteriores) in order to be valid in the United States. Documents issued by non-Hague countries will still need legalization by the consulate in the country where they were issued.
Please note: Foreign documents legalized before August 14, 2016 by embassies and consular offices in Hague Party Countries will only be accepted in Brazil until February 14, 2017.
For more information on these changes, contact the Parasec apostille team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888.672.7273.