What is legalisation?
Legalisation is the most time consuming method of authentication.
This is the method by which certain documents are authenticated by an Embassy or Consulate in the U.K for the country where the document is to be filed.
A number of countries, primarily in South America and the Middle East, still require this kind of legalisation.
- Academic Certificates
- Birth/Marriage Certificates
- Certificates of Incorporation etc at foreign embassies
The document must first be notarised and authenticated by the Foreign Office in order for it to be processed for legalisation. After a stamp is applied by the Foreign Office (called an Apostille stamp), the document must then be forwarded to the respective Embassy or Consulate of the relevant country in the U.K.
Certain Arab countries, may also require certification by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce prior to Embassy legalisation.
Legalisation can be a lengthy process, very specific to the particular country, and must be strictly complied with, or the documents can be rejected by the local authorities.
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