Did you know that you can submit digitally-signed sworn translations for Spanish visa applications?
Whereas the specific regulation relating to sworn translations currently in force in Spain does not expressly provide for the submission of sworn English-Spanish translations in electronic format, the Languages Interpretation Office (‘Oficina de Interpretación de Lenguas’) of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently issued a communication stating that it is admissible to submit documents electronically to Spanish authorities if these are signed electronically by using one of the methods set out in the relevant legislation on signature systems admitted by public administrations.
However, this announcement only confirms that digitally-signed sworn translations are ‘admissible’, but it is not compulsory for recipients to accept them. This means that some Spanish authorities and institutions are still reluctant to accept digital copies of Sworn translations and prefer hard copies instead.
DIGITALLY-SIGNED SWORN TRANSLATIONS FOR SPANISH VISA APPLICATIONS
Digitally-signed sworn translations for Spanish visa applications
It has been recently confirmed by the Legalisations Department of the Spanish Consulate in London that digitally-signed sworn translations are being accepted for Visa applications.
A digital signature or certificate (certificado digital) certifies the translator’s identity and confirms that the sworn translation is legit.
Apart from preventing fraud and tampering, there are several other advantages to submitting sworn translations electronically. For example, saving postal fees and preventing loss and damage while in transit.
Also, statutory deadlines for submitting papers before the Spanish public administrations and other entities are sometimes tight and the client has little time for obtaining the document that needs translation and getting the documents apostilled, making a lengthy process even slower. Submitting the sworn translations electronically can save time.
If you need a sworn translation for applying for a visa for Spain, contact me here. I am Sworn English-Spanish translator appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sworn / Legal English-Spanish Translator with 20 years of experience in legal translation. BA in Translation & Interpreting and Graduate Diploma in English Law. Specialising in trusts, contracts, company documents and civil litigation documents. Traductora jurada y jurídica de inglés 20 años de experiencia en la traducción jurídica. Licenciada en Traducción e Interpretación y Graduada en Derecho inglés. Especializada en trusts, contratos, documentos societarios y escritos y documentos para procesos civiles y mercantiles.