Legalisation from Ireland

Consular Legalisation of Irish documents for use abroad

Consular legalisation for customers who live and work in the Republic of Ireland

DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services provides a full range of legalisation services for customers who live and work in the Republic of Ireland, and who have documents issued from the Republic of Ireland that they require for use elsewhere.

Specific legalisation requirements vary from country to country, and if your document is intended for use in a country that is not a member of the Hague  Convention, additional Consular legalisation is required.  For countries that are members of the Hague Convention only the first layer of legalisation is required, which can be carried out by a Notary, the Ministry of Education, An Garda Síochána, etc, and then the second layer of legalisation  by Apostille. However, for certain countries that are not members of the Hague Convention, the third level of legalisation is required which is called Consular legalisation.

If you for example get a job offer from the United Arab Emirates, you will need to have criminal records and educational documents legalised in the issuing country (in this case the Republic of Ireland) before they can be officially submitted and used in the UAE.  This applies to many other countries such as Qatar, China, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Even if you have an Apostille certification issued in Ireland, documents intended for use in these countries will all require consular legalisation through their Embassies. DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services are experts in consular legalisation and are delighted to offer a comprehensive legalisation service to all of our private and corporate Irish customers.

Why do documents require Consular legalisation?

In today’s fast-moving international world there are many reasons why customer needs their documents legalised for use in other parts of the world.  Many companies based in Ireland for example do business regularly with China, requiring both corporate documents to be legalised as well as vital records and educational documents for employees who may be stationed in China or travel for business reasons.  It has also become popular to travel to China to live and work as an English teacher, which would also require legalisation of vital records as well as educational certificates.

The Gulf countries in the Middle East have also become a popular and lucrative place to work due to their tax-free status, and many Irish nationals take up job offers in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc. In order to process work and residence permits for these countries, vital records and educational documents would have to go through the full legalisation process including Consular legalisation.

In another example, the oil industry in Angola has resulted in many foreign companies doing business there, and these companies would again require the Consular legalisation of the corporate document before being able to operate there. In addition, oil workers stationed in Angola would require vital records, medical documents, and educational certificates to undergo the same legalisation process before being able to enter the country and take up employment.  It is worth noting that all documents destined for Angola would also have to be translated into their official language of Portuguese, this translation service can also be provided by our certified inhouse translators at DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services.

Consular legalisation of document issued in the Republic of Ireland

Once the first layers of legalisation have been carried out and your documents have been legalised by Notary or from the relevant Authority and issued with an Apostille certificate from Ireland, they are ready for Consular legalisation. If the destination country has an Embassy in Dublin, DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services will bring your documents to the Embassy, deal with any queries from the Consular section, and obtain the Consular legalisation on the document.

Not all countries mentioned above however have Embassies in Dublin, and for the ones which do, not all provide Consular services out of these Embassies.  Some smaller countries such as the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, etc. rely on their Embassy in the UK to provide Consular services.  Therefore, in order to obtain the Consular legalisation, the documents need to be brought to the relevant embassies in London, where the legalisation process is completed. DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services have offices in London, so once the Apostille has been provided in Ireland, we transfer the documents to our affiliate office in the United Kingdom and complete the Consular legalisation process there.  The documents are then returned to our office in Ireland and we return them to the customer, fully legalised and ready to be submitted in the relevant country.

Please contact DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services so that we can answer any questions you may have and provide you with a personalised quotation to suit your requirements. We have extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with all legalisation matters and provide a consistently high quality service with the purpose of ensuring that our customers’ expectations are always met and often exceeded!