Legalising Documents for The Philippines

The Philippines Join Hague Apostille Convention

The Apostille convention will enter into force in the Philippines from 14th May 2019. This means the Philippines are the 117th party to agree to the convention which shows the increasing endorsement for the apostille legalisation process.

It is likely to take a number of months before the authorities in the Philippines will stop requesting embassy attestation as they adjust and alter their regulations. To accommodate this adjustment period the embassy should still provide attestation of documents before the service is stopped completely.

What is the Difference Between the Apostille and Legalisation?

What is the Difference Between the Apostille and Legalisation?

There are various terms used to refer to the process of legalising a document from one country in order to be recognised in another country. You may have been asked for your document to be notarised, authenticated, legalised, attested or issued with the apostille.

This can be confusing as different authorities use different terms that, more often than not, refer to the same process. We are frequently asked what the difference is between legalisation and the apostille.

5 Documents Commonly Legalised For Selling and Buying Property Overseas

Many people dream of owning their own overseas holiday home and do not consider which documents are required for the process. When purchasing a property overseas you will need to provide proof of identity, proof of earnings and you may need to appoint someone to act on your behalf if you cannot be present to sign all documents. You will also need to consider what will happen after you have purchased the property if the worst should happen. Who will be left to deal with your estate and what will happen to the property?

certificate of naturalisation

What Is A Certificate Of Naturalisation?

Under the British Nationality Act 1981 it is possible for individuals from a non-UK country to apply for British nationality. Individuals can apply for a certificate Naturalisation which is issued by the UK Border Agency if they meet strict criteria set by the UK government. Once the certificate has been issued it grants the individual the same rights as an individual who was born as a British national. This means the certificate can be used by individuals to apply for a UK passport.

What Information is Included in the Certificate?

apostille employment documents

5 Documents Commonly Required for Employment Overseas

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.

5 Documents Commonly Required for Overseas Marriage

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

How Is The Signature On a Document Verified?

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.

Signature Verification

Why Should a Signature Be Witnessed And Who Can Do This?

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.

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