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Why apostille documents?

Why apostille documents?

Why apostille documents?

December 6, 2023 apostille-online Comments Off

If you have ever needed to use a UK document abroad, you may have encountered the term “apostille”. But what is an apostille and why do you need it?

An apostille is a certificate that confirms the authenticity of a document issued by a UK public authority, such as a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a degree certificate, or a power of attorney https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised. An apostille is required by many foreign authorities and organisations to verify that the document is genuine and valid.

An apostille is issued by the UK Legalisation Office, which is part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The Legalisation Office checks the document and sees if any signatures, stamps, or seals match their own records. If they do, they legalise the document by attaching an apostille, which is a stamped official certificate.

An apostille can be either paper-based or electronic, depending on the type of document and the preference of the person who needs it. A paper-based apostille is a physical certificate that is attached to the document. An electronic apostille, also known as an e-Apostille, is a digital certificate that is attached to a PDF file that contains the document.

You may need to apostille your documents for various purposes, such as:

– Working or studying abroad
– Buying or selling property abroad
– Getting married or divorced abroad
– Adopting a child from abroad
– Applying for a visa or citizenship abroad
– And many more

The benefits of apostilling your documents are:

It ensures that your documents are recognised and accepted in other countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention. This is a treaty that simplifies the process of legalising documents between the participating countries https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-legalises-public-documents-electronically-2-september-2022.

It saves you time and money, as you do not need to go through additional steps of authentication or verification by other authorities or agencies.

It protects you from fraud or forgery, as the apostille certifies that the document is original and not altered or tampered with.

To apply for an apostille, you need to use the online service provided by the UK Legalisation Office. You can choose which type of apostille you want, but you may need to check with the person who has asked you for the document what they prefer or accept. You can also contact us for professional and experienced apostille services. We can help you get your documents legalised quickly and easily, and we can also help you with other services, such as solicitor certification, translation, and embassy attestation.

We hope this blog post has helped you understand what an apostille is and why you need it. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to hear from you and to assist you with your document legalisation needs.