One of the fundamental principles of the European Union is the promotion of free movement for EU citizens. As a means to promote free movement, new regulations are expected to be implemented in March 2019. These regulations aim to simplify the process of presenting certain public documents throughout the European Union.
When planning to work overseas you should consider any supporting documentation you may need before making any permanent decisions. Depending on the type of job you are applying for it is possible you will require a number of documents which need to be legalised. It is vitally important to ensure they are legalised correctly before moving overseas as this can delay your visa in some circumstances. From our experience the following 5 documents are the most common we legalise for employment overseas.
Are you are planning to get married on a white sandy beach or another far away location? With so many things to plan it’s likely you have not considered which documents you may need to take with you. In addition to this, do the documents need to be legalised with the apostille?
Overseas authorities may request a variety of different documents before they will conduct your overseas marriage. Below we discuss the 5 most common documents we process for clients who are getting married abroad.
Full UK Birth Certificate
In pursuance of legalising a document with the apostille the document must have an identifiable and verifiable signature of a recognised legal official or a seal from the appropriate legal authority. This signature or seal is verified by the apostille authority in the country the document originates from and, subsequently, the apostille is issued to verify this signature or seal on a document.
Many people will, at some point, need their signature to be witnessed whether this is for a passport or mortgage application or some other form of declaration. A witness to a signature is indispensable for evidentiary purposes. Should someone refute the claim that they signed a document the witness can be contacted to testify that they did, in fact, witness the person signing the document.
As technology advances and we move into a digital age it appears an increasing number of documents are now issued electronically. Over recent years a number of organisations, in particular government departments have shown the biggest shift. This includes HMRC, Companies House and Courts issuing documents electronically. The dilemma when legalising documents is the apostille is physically attached to the document. So the questions is how can the apostille be issued to an electronic document?
We understand that customers want to save money when legalising their documents. Solicitor’s fees, government charges and embassy costs can all start to add up. At this point you may want to save money on sending your document abroad by selecting Airmail. However, this is not always recommended.
Legalising your documents with the apostille can seem very confusing. After all, there are so many websites quoting different information, how do you know what to believe? We look at some of the most common myths when legalising your documents.
Foreign documents can be legalised in the UK
A certificate of incumbency is often required by UK companies who are trading overseas or have directors who are based outside the UK. The certificate can display a variety of details about the company. This includes anything from the company name to details about the shareholders.