Under the Public Documents Regulation (EU) 2016/1191, effective February 16, 2019, an apostille (authenticity stamp) is no longer required when presenting public documents issued by the authorities of one EU member state to the authorities of another EU member state.

In addition, EU citizens are also no longer required to provide an official translation of their public documents in many cases – instead they can request a multilingual standard form, available in all EU languages, to present as translation aid attached to their public documents.


These measures should lead to faster gathering of supporting documents, especially for applications for EU Certificates of Registration involving dependent family members, and Residence Cards for family members of EU citizens.

However, the implementation of the new rules may take varying amounts of time at different authorities in different member states.

Action Items

  • Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.