Legalization, superlegalization, apostilles, authentication… How is one supposed to understand all this? Let’s figure it out together in the upcoming series on the form of documents required for immigration to the Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic, the official language is Czech. Therefore, official documents submitted to the Czech authorities must be in this language. The minor and only exception is Slovak. But what to do if we hold a document in our hands that is not in Czech or Slovak?
The option of translation is available. Beware, however, that official documents bearing signatures or even stamps should be handled by a professional, i.e. a court-appointed interpreter. A list of such translators is easy to find online. We recommend this procedure to all those who submit their documents to the authorities, particularly to the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic – Department of Foreigners.
Among such documents that undergo official translation are those that foreigners provide in their applications. The most frequently encountered are translations of birth or marriage certificates, university and secondary school diplomas, as well as employment contracts.
How much does it cost to translate documents into Czech?
The preparation of a certified translation is not a cheap affair and prices vary according to the language combinations, but also the specialisation of the text, with a difference of several hundred crowns per standard page. Be sure to be careful when calculating the final price. You will rarely come across a 100% accurate estimate, given that legal translations are most often calculated on the basis of the number of resulting standard pages.
What’s a standard page? A normative page (“normostrana” or NS) is a standardized page that contains 1800 characters. It is a fair and universally used tool for calculating the “real” volume of text. Thus, a client cannot simply enter a text with the smallest possible font to ensure the lowest possible price, nor can a translator simply enlarge the font in the editor to collect a higher amount.