LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS
In accordance with international law, documents drawn up on the territory of one state are accepted for consideration in the territory of another state, subject to their legalization in the prescribed manner, unless otherwise provided by the laws of states or the provisions of international treaties that cancel the legalization procedure to which they are parties.
The procedure for consular legalization is established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its fundamental rule is that the legalization of Russian documents for presentation to foreign authorities is carried out in the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the legalization of foreign documents intended for presentation in the Russian Federation is carried out by Russian consular missions in these states.
Foreign documents that have not undergone consular legalization at consular posts of Russia cannot be recognized as valid and are not accepted by Russian institutions for consideration.
When sending the necessary foreign documents to the Russian Federation, citizens and legal entities must ensure that their documents are drawn up correctly, since the possible subsequent problems associated with their completion (renewal) at the institutions of the countries of origin of documents and the Russian consular office in that state, they can only decide personally.
Legalization of documents is confirmation of compliance of documents with the legislation of the state of their origin. It is also confirmation of the authenticity of the signature of the official and the seal of the institution on the documents. One should know that notarization of the fidelity of translation of a document into Russian cannot replace its legalization.
Foreign documents are accepted for legalization only if they have a certification stamp, which is placed by the representative of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan in Karachi (Camp Office).
For consular legalization, individuals and legal entities will be charged a consular fee in accordance with the tariff.
In accordance with international practice and customs, the legalization of passports and documents replacing them, as well as documents directly related to commercial or customs operations (invoices, documents on the movement of goods across the border, agreements on the supply of goods and the provision of services, various works and calculations, customs declarations, etc. is not required). Such documents are recognized in international communication without legalization.
Documents that contradict the legislation of the Russian Federation or may in their content damage the interests of the Russian Federation are not subject to legalization.
Consular legalization of documents in the Russian Federation and in Russian consular missions abroad is carried out in accordance with the Administrative Regulations for the execution of the state function of consular legalization of documents (approved by Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia dated June 18, 2012 N 9470).