Any individuals looking to work in China have to legalise or attest their documents to obtain a visa. This involves several steps and requires them to be presented to a number of government offices.
Having established a successful business in the UK you may be considering expansion overseas. This may be the distribution of your products, supplying services to foreign businesses or opening an overseas operation. Before you can start working abroad you may need to provide company documents to the relevant government bodies. In most circumstances you will need to legalise your documents with an apostille or attest them with the countries embassy in the UK.
Why is Certification so Important?
When you need an apostille from the legalisation office, you will find that there are several companies to choose from. While you can pick and choose from the results delivered on an internet search, it is important to understand that not all apostille service companies provide the same level of service and advice. You will find some companies that have poor professional practices, some that do not have secure offices and even a few people offering fake apostilles and fake documents.
Adding an apostille to a document is often referred to as the attestation. It may also be called, certification or getting a document apostilled.
The most common, and arguably correct term, is legalisation. Documents are legalised for use in another country when the apostille has been attached.
For clarity, attestation is by definition the confirmation of correctness. It also refers to the witnessing of an action or event. It is therefore easy to see why the apostille service may be referred to as attestation.
In the service of legalising documents by apostille we sometimes hear people refer to the service as notarisation. This is often a simple mistake and customers simply need an apostille so that their documents are legalised for use in another country.
Legalisation of a document is the issue of an apostille so that the document may be used in an official capacity in another country. Once a document has the apostille, it has been ‘legalised’ for use in an overseas country that is a member of the Hague Convention.
When looking to engage in business activities overseas it is likely that you will need to have different company documents legalised with the apostille. We see many company documents pass through our office which are used for many different purposes.
We aim to complete all apostille orders as quickly as possible. Our standard apostille service will ensure most documents are processed and dispatched in 1 to 2 working days. The FCO and other service providers complete most standard orders in around 2 to 3 weeks. For a quick, low cost apostille service send your documents to us.
You may require an apostille on a UK court document that is to be used outside the UK. Our apostille service will ensure your court document is officially legalised with the apostille certificate so that the document will be accepted in an official capacity abroad.
All court papers and documents can be issued with the apostille but the following is a selection of regularly submitted forms-
We can issue the apostille certificate on all UK company documents. Our all inclusive service will ensure your documents are correctly legalised with the apostille so that they will be accepted outside of the UK.
Many documents can be emailed to our office to save you time and postage. Please see our email your documents page for more information.