Legalisation from the United Kingdom

Consular Legalisation of documents for use in the UK

Consular legalisation for customers who live and work in the United Kingdom

DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services offers a complete solution for all legalisation services for customers who live, study, and work in the United Kingdom.  We can arrange for every layer of legalisation of documents that have been issued in the UK and which are intended for use in another country.

Individual legalisation requirements may vary from country to country, and additional Consular legalisation is required for documents intended for use in a country that is not a member of the Hague  Convention.  For countries that are members of the Hague Convention only the first layer of legalisation is required, which can be carried out by a Solicitor, Notary, the Ministry of Education, etc, and then the second layer of legalisation by Apostille.   Consular legalisation is however required for those countries which are not members of the Hague Convention.

If you have a job offer from the United Arab Emirates, for example, you will need to have criminal records and educational documents legalised in the issuing country (in this case the United Kingdom) before they can be officially submitted and used in the UAE.  This applies to many other countries such Qatar, China, Angola, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Vietnam, Thailand, etc. Even if you have an Apostille certification issued in the United Kingdom, 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 our private and corporate customers in the United Kingdom.

Why do documents require Consular legalisation?

Companies and private individuals require documents legalisation for a variety of different reasons for use in other parts of the world.  Corporate documents, as well as private individuals’ vital records, health records, and education certificates will for example need to be legalised for companies doing business in China and individuals living or studying in China. 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 Middle Eastern countries in the Arabian Gulf such as the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc have also become popular and lucrative places to work due to their tax-free status, and many British nationals take up job offers there for both short and long term periods. 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 Consular legalisation of the corporate document before being able to operate there. In addition, oil workers stationed in Angola would require vital records, health 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 United Kingdom

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 the United Kingdom, they are ready for Consular legalisation. DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services will bring the documents to the relevant Embassy, and once they have been legalised by the Consular section we will return the documents to the customer. The documents are now ready to be used and submitted.

The United Kingdom is home to Embassies from almost every country in the world, and these Embassies also legalise documents that were issued elsewhere outside of the United Kingdom. DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services are therefore also able to provide this Consular legalisation service to customers from other countries who have documents that have already been legalised by the relevant authority and Apostille certified in the country in which they were issued, and only require the final authentication step of Consular legalisation to be carried out.

DocsBase Apostille & Consular Legalisation Services can assist in providing Consular legalisation in the United Kingdom for almost every country in Africa, in the Middle East, Asia, and many more.  In addition, as the United Kingdom is a part of the Commonwealth, other territories which are part of the Commonwealth such as Belize, the British Virgin Island, etc provide Consular services in the UK.

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!