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Posted on July 07 2021

WES: New Apostille Policy for Original Documents

By  Editor
Updated March 27 2024

World Education Services [WES] has announced a new apostille policy for original documents.


Effective May 2021, WES no longer requires original documents with apostille/legalization from 12 countries.

These are –Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.


For more than 10 years, WES had maintained an ‘apostille’ requirement for certain countries.


Applicants that had studied in such countries were required to mail their original documents– along with the apostille authentication – to WES to acquire their Educational Credential Assessment [ECA].


The original documents were to be returned once their WES report was complete.


What does the WES policy change mean for applicants?
From May 2021, applicants that had studied in any of the 12 countries above-mentioned will be able to follow the standard guidelines for sending in academic documents to WES. Document submission to WES can be in the form of – ·       getting their institution to share the file through electronic transmission, ·       uploading certain file types of degree certificates or translations, or ·       providing a copy of a transcript in a stamped sealed envelope. The Required Documents list is to followed on a case-by-case basis.


No further action at the moment is required to be taken by applicants that had studied in 1 or more of the apostille countries and have already sent in their original documents to WES.


A non-profit social enterprise founded in 1974, WES is dedicated to assisting immigrants and international students achieve their goals – workplace as well as educational – in Canada as well as in the United States.


WES evaluates and advocates for the recognition of international educational qualifications, supporting the integration of immigrants into the local labour market.




In over 45 years, WES has provided credential evaluations for around 3 million individuals from all over the world.

Evaluations by WES are recognized by 2,500+ institutions throughout Canada and the U.S.

There are 3 basic types of attestations –

[1] State Attestation: Required before attestation by the Ministry of External Affairs [MEA].

[2] Apostille or MEA Attestation: Done after the attestation by the relevant state authorities.

[3] Embassy Attestation: To be done following apostille.

By the word ‘apostille’ is implied a specific type of attestation wherein documents are legalized in a specific format acceptable in all nations that are a part of the Hague Convention.


An international attestation acceptable in around 92 countries, an apostille stamp is a computer-generated square-shaped sticker stamp that is pasted on the reverse of the document.


With a unique identification number, any member of The Hague convention can check the authenticity of the apostille online.


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