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Unlocking Your Notary and Apostille Solutions: Your FAQs Answered!
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What services do you offer as a notary public?

A. As a notary public, we offer a range of services, including notarizing documents such as affidavits, acknowledgments, power of attorney, wills, contracts, and more. We can also administer oaths and affirmations.

Q. Do I need an appointment to avail your services?

A. Yes, it is recommended to schedule an appointment to ensure our availability and to minimize waiting time. You can easily book an appointment through our website or by calling our office at 404-594-2810.

Q. What identification documents do I need to bring?

A. To have your documents notarized, you are required to bring a valid government-issued identification document. This can include a driver's license, passport, state ID card, or military ID. 

Q. Can you come to my location for notarization?

A. Yes, we offer mobile notary services for your convenience. We can travel to your desired location, whether it's your home, office, hospital, or any other suitable venue. Additional fees may apply for mobile notary services, depending on the distance and time required.

Q. Are you available outside regular business hours?

A. Yes, we understand that notarization needs can arise at any time. We offer flexible appointment scheduling, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate your busy schedule. 

Q. Do you provide notary services for real estate transactions?

A. Yes, we have experience and expertise in handling notarizations for various real estate documents, including mortgage documents, title transfers, loan signings, and more. Please contact us in advance to discuss the details of your real estate transaction.

Q. What measures do you take to ensure confidentiality and security?

A. We understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and security when handling sensitive documents. We adhere to strict privacy practices and take appropriate measures to safeguard your information. Your documents are handled with the utmost care and stored securely in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 

Q: What is an apostille?

A: An apostille is a certificate that verifies the authenticity of a document for international use. It is issued by a designated authority in the country where the document originates and is recognized by the countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Q: What documents can I get an apostille for?

A: You can get an apostille for various types of personal, educational, or professional documents, such as birth certificates, diplomas, contracts, power of attorney, etc. However, the requirements and procedures may vary depending on the type of document and the destination country. You should check with the relevant authorities before applying for an apostille. 

Q: How long does it take to get an apostille?

A: The time it takes to get an apostille depends on several factors, such as the type of document, the issuing authority, the destination country, and the method of delivery. It can range from a few hours to several weeks. 

Q: How much does it cost to get an apostille?

A: The cost of getting an apostille varies depending on the type of document, the issuing authority, the destination country, and the method of delivery. It can range from $85 to $300.

Q: How do I know if I need an apostille or a legalization?

A: An apostille is only valid for the countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention. If your destination country is not part of the convention, you may need a legalization instead. A legalization is a process where your document is verified by multiple authorities in both countries. It is more complex and time-consuming than an apostille. Contacting the embassy or consulate of the destination country in your country is the simplest way to determine if you need an apostille or a legalization. They will inform you of the specific authentication requirements for your documents. Alternately, you may call our office at 404-594-2810 for information whether or not your destination country is a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention. 

Q. What happens if I misplace or damage my apostille?

A. If you lose or damage your apostille, you may need to reapply. Please contact our office at 404-594-2810 for instructions. You may be required to pay a replacement fee. 

Q: What is an Immigration Forms Specialist (IFS)?

A: An immigration forms specialist is a professional who can help you fill out and submit your immigration online. They have the skills and qualifications to handle various types of immigration forms and provide you with expert guidance and support. 

Q: How does your Immigration Forms Preparation Service works?

A: Our immigration forms preparation service works in three simple steps:

  1. You call us at 404-594-2810 or visit our website to book a consultation

  2. You provide us with your information and documents

  3. You receive your completed forms and instructions on how to submit them

Q: What are the benefits of hiring an Immigration Forms Specialist?

A: Some of the benefits of hiring an immigration forms specialist are:

  • You save time and hassle by avoiding the complex and tedious paperwork

  • You save money by paying a fraction of what lawyers or consultants charge

  • You avoid mistakes and errors that can delay or jeopardize your immigration process

  • You get professional and reliable assistance from experienced and qualified experts

  • You get peace of mind and confidence that your forms are done correctly and on time

Q: What types of forms can an Immigration Forms Specialist help me with?

A: An immigration forms specialist can help you with various types of forms, such as:

  • Visa applications

  • Green card applications

  • Citizenship applications

  • Work permits

  • Travel documents

  • And more

Q: Where can I find the official immigration forms and instructions?

A: You can find the official immigration forms and instructions on the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can download them for free or request them by mail. Do not use any forms or instructions from unofficial sources, as they may be outdated, inaccurate, or fraudulent. 

Q: What are the immigration forms filiing fees?

A: The immigration forms have different fees depending on the type and category of the form. You can find the current fees on the USCIS website. You can pay the fees online or by mail, depending on the form and the case. Some forms may have fee waivers or exemptions for certain applicants who meet the criteria. 

 

Q: What is the immigration forms processing time?

A: The processing times of the immigration forms vary depending on the type and category of the form, the volume of applications, the location of the office or consulate, the availability of visas and other factors. You can check the estimated processing times on the USCIS website. You can also check the status of your application online or by phone, email or mail. 

Q: What are the common mistakes to avoid when filling out the immigration forms? 

A: Some of the common mistakes to avoid when filling out the immigration forms are:

  • Filling out the wrong form or version

  • Leaving blank spaces or providing incomplete or inaccurate information

  • Forgetting to sign and date the form

  • Forgetting to attach the required evidence and documents

  • Sending the form to the wrong address or office

  • Missing the deadline or filing too early

Q: Why do I need a fingerprinting service?

A: You may need a fingerprinting service for various reasons, such as:

- Applying for a job that requires a background check

- Obtaining a visa or a travel document

- Enrolling in a school or a program

- Accessing a secure facility or system

- Participating in a legal or forensic process 

Q: What is I-9 verification?

A: I-9 verification is a process mandated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that requires employers to verify the identity and eligibility to work in the United States of their employees. 

Q: Who needs to complete the I-9 verification?

A: All employers in the United States are required to complete the I-9 verification process for each employee hired, including citizens and non-citizens. 

Q: What documents are acceptable for I-9 verification?

A: The USCIS provides a list of acceptable documents that employees can present to verify their identity and work eligibility. Examples include a U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card, or a combination of documents such as a driver's license and Social Security card. 

 

Q: When should the I-9 verification be completed?

A: The I-9 verification process must be completed within three business days of the employee's first day of work for pay. 

Q: Can I complete the I-9 verification online?

A: No, the I-9 verification process must be completed in person. Both the employer and the employee must be physically present to fill out the form and verify the required documents. 

Q: What if an employee's documents are expired?

A: Expired documents are not acceptable for I-9 verification. The employee must provide unexpired documents from the USCIS's list of acceptable documents. 

Q: What if an employee cannot provide the required documents?

A: If an employee is unable to provide the necessary documents for I-9 verification, the employer cannot legally continue employing that individual. 

Q: Can I use a notary public for I-9 verification?

A: Yes, a notary public is authorized to act as an authorized representative to complete the I-9 verification process. However, notaries cannot verify the authenticity of the documents presented; they can only verify that the employee physically provided the documents. 

Q: What are the consequences of not completing the I-9 verification?

A: Failing to complete or improperly completing the I-9 verification process can result in significant penalties and fines for the employer. 

Q: Is there a specific I-9 verification form to use?

A: Yes, employers must use the Form I-9 provided by the USCIS. The most current version of the form should be used, and it can be found on the USCIS website.  

Q: Do I need to keep a copy of the verified I-9 form?

A: Employers are required to retain the I-9 forms for each employee for a specified period. This form must be kept either for three years after the date of hire or one year after the employee's employment ends, whichever is later.

 

Q: Can I hire a third-party service to handle I-9 verification for my employees?

A: Yes, employers have the option to use an authorized third-party service or a notary public to assist with the I-9 verification process.  

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