Legalisation

Legalisation is the process used to show that a document is genuine and that information contained in that document is correct. The specific legalisation process that your document requires will depend on the type of document and the country in which it will be used.

Note: If a document is to be used in the UK, no further legalisation is necessary.

There are 3 main types of legalisation:

1. Notary
Most documents which are to be used in countries which were once part of the British Commonwealth will often simply need to be signed and authorised by a notary or authorised public official.

2. Apostille
An Apostille is a seal provided by the Foreign Office. It signifies that the notary who has signed the document is fully authorised to do so. All countries which are part of the Hague Convention require this seal before they will recognise any official documents from the UK.

3. Consular Approval
Some countries (particularly those in the Middle East) require individuals not only to get their documents authorised by an Apostille, but also require them to be authorised by the relevant consulate. This can often take a long time and provides the greatest level of authority.

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