You are probably trying to find a service to legalise your documents with the apostille. Every day we are asked a few standard questions. The first point to address is that WE ARE OPEN. The FCO may be closed to the public, but we are working with the FCO as a service provider to obtain the apostille for the public. We are a registered UK legalisation service.
We aim to make the apostille process as simple as possible. Simply send the document to us and we take care of the rest. But what does this process actually entail? This article provides an overview of the different elements that make up the apostille legalisation process.
As of the 8th of November 2019, the process for legalising UK documents for use in China will be changing. Applications will now be submitted to the Chinese embassy via a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in either London, Manchester or Edinburgh.
The visa centres have been introduced to reduce the administrative burden on the embassy by handling submitted applications. The embassy will still ultimately be issuing the attestation stamps to documents and will still be in charge of decision-making with respect to the eligibility of documents for legalisation.
To ensure your documents can be legalised with the apostille they must be certified correctly by a recognised legal official under the Hague apostille convention. With overseas authorities requesting the apostille for different types of documents it can be confusing to know who is able to provide certification. The following is a list of the most common officials and the types of documents they can certify for the apostille process.
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.