I am in the process of moving to the Netherlands (I am an EU citizen, my wife is South African) from South Africa. We will then apply for a residence permit for my wife once we arrive in the Netherlands and we need to provide documentation, such as a marriage and birth certificate.
I emailed Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the process, who replied "South African documents such as birth certificates or marriage certificates do indeed need an apostille. You will need to apostille original documents or extracts. Apostilled photocopies are not accepted. Please note that some authorities in the Netherlands may request recent extracts of documents."
I was told that the Dutch government may require "recent extracts" of documents. I can't find any further information on how recent the extracts needs to be.
The IND website states that documents like these from South Africa needs an apostille, but not how recent the extract should be.
Can anyone shed light on this requirement?