WHAT IS A LEGALISATION?
Legalisation is the process whereby a foreign official body has requested, or as part of a foreign visa application, a document is required to be authenticated before use. The number of steps in this process and which official UK bodies complete the different stages varies depending on the type of document and the country where the document is to be used.
If a document is to be used in a country which is part of the Hague convention (https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members), then generally after apostille by the Foreign Commonwealth office (FCO), no further steps are required in the process. Alternatively, it must also be presented to the country of use Embassy or Consulate in London, for the final stage in the legalisation process.
Additional certifications may be required before a document can be used in a country and it may also require translation and/or notarisation services (which usually occur prior to the FCO apostille and Embassy legalisation steps). Global Visas will confirm all required certifications steps (and their order of submission), upon receipt of the order request form.
Please do see below an overview of the various different steps that, as discussed above, typically take place in a legalisation requested in the UK:
WHEN IS IT REQUIRED?
In general, a document may require legalisation when it is to be provided to an official body, or as part of a visa application, in a country other than the one that has issued the document. The process authenticates the document and it contents, so that when presented overseas it is recognised as a legitimate document.
As outlined above, this would include applying for a Visa, Drivers License, Foreign Passport, Medical Registration etc, in a foreign country.