An interesting byproduct of the coronavirus pandemic has been the 50% surge in aliyah applications, as reported early last month. Luis and Marta Massieu of Apostille.net have been, and will continue to be, there to assist those seeking to take this life-altering step.
The Massieus work closely with Nefesh B’Nefesh, providing necessary documentation to help streamline the process for olim as they prepare for aliyah. During these unprecedented times, they are making the adjustments necessary to ensure that their clients get the services they need in a safe, healthy and timely manner.
“COVID-19 has presented a big challenge to us, not only because most government offices are closed but also because it has been difficult to meet walk-in clients,” said Luis. “Difficult times make you have to be more creative about the ways we normally operate. For instance, we are processing all New York apostilles in Albany because the Manhattan office has been closed since March 20.”
Apostille, a French word that means “certification,” is a certificate issued by the secretary of state or a notary-regulating agency that authenticates a notary seal. An apostille alone is sufficient proof of authentication for notarized documents exchanged between certain countries. In order to obtain Israeli citizenship, the Israeli government requires olim to provide apostilles for certain legal documents, most commonly birth certificates and marriage certificates.
Apostille.net is a family-run business that has been helping people with documentation for nearly two decades. Partnering with Nefesh B’Nefesh for the past six years, Luis and Marta have connected with many olim who can attest to the invaluable service they have provided in making the aliyah transition successful.
“Gathering the paperwork and submitting it accordingly takes time and effort. It is certainly something one can do on their own, but we have the expertise and the proficiency to expedite the process and avoid any possible pitfalls,” explained Luis.
Apostille.net offers fast turnaround time. Once they receive a document, they quickly process it and send it back with the apostille attached. They are based in New York and have a network of agents throughout the United States processing apostilles in every major city, even during these challenging times.
“Our clients have been very patient and understanding of the current situation,” noted Luis. “We are doing our very best to keep all our clients informed at all times of the status of their documents. We want to assure everyone that we will continue to serve everyone making aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh. We feel very dedicated to the organization and are committed to help in any way we can.”
Apostille.net provides a significant discount for Nefesh B’Nefesh applicants who use their service. If someone needs guidance or direction, Luis encourages them to contact him, even if they are not signing up as clients. He believes he can be a valuable resource for those who might find the process overwhelming.
Large families preparing to make aliyah require a significant number of apostilles. In such cases, Luis is pleased to offer his services at a reduced rate. “Our intention is to make the process a positive experience and we feel honored to have the opportunity to facilitate this dream.”
Luis concluded with a nod to the reality in which we find ourselves. “Our hearts go out to all members of the community who have suffered and lost loved ones.”
By Jewish Link Staff