WHAT IS A LEGALISATION?
Legalisation is the process whereby a foreign official body has requested / 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 / 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 / notarisation services (which usually occur prior to the FCO apostille / Embassy legalisation steps). Global Visas will confirm all required certifications steps (and their order of submission), upon receipt of the order request form.
TRANSLATION: Some Embassies / Consulates may require that the document is presented to them in a particular language. Global Visas can assist with this process and will confirm such requirement and/or fees associated, when applicable.
APOSTILLE: As discussed above, apostille is the process of certification which takes place with the FCO in London. Again, all documents to be used in a country part of the Hague convention, require no further steps after FCO apostille.
NOTARISATION: In may be a requirement of an Embassy / Consulate that the content and particulars of a document are verified before a notary public. Again, Global Visas can assist with this process and will confirm such requirement and/or fees associated, when applicable.
LEGALISATION: As also discussed above, this is normally the final step in a certification process. If required, the document must be presented to the country Embassy / Consulate in London where the document is to be used, for legalisation.
WHEN IS IT REQUIRED?
In general, a document may require legalisation when it is to be provided to an official body / 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.
WHAT DOCUMENT TYPES REQUIRE LEGALISATION?
Typically the following document types may require legalisation:
- Birth / Marriage Certificates
- Degree / Diploma Certificates
- Adoption Certificates
- Medical certificates / Medical insurance policies
- Contracts of Employment / Assignment letters
- Affidavits signed by a solicitor or notary
- Decree Nisi/Absolute & Annulments
- Power of Attorney & Letters of Authorisation (witnessed by a solicitor or notary)
- Company Certificates of Incorporation
- Memorandum and Articles of Association
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Access the DRAG N' DROP function in the menu bar above, where you can securely upload scans of all documentation for our review. IT IS IMPORTANT WE COMPLETE THIS STEP, SO THAT ALL STAGES AND ASSOCIATED FEES RELATED TO THE LEGALISATION CAN BE OUTLINED.
Review all outlined legalisation stages and associated processing times. Accept all stages of legalisation / anticipated date of completion and approve final Global Visas service fees / local government and/or consular processing fees.
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