EMBASSY CONSULAR LEGALISATION / ATTESTATION
The terms “attestation/ consular legalisation” refers to the confirmation of authenticity of a foreign public document or certificate by a competent consular official of the state in which the document is to be used.
When a document is to be used in a country which is not a contracting state to the Hague convention, in addition to the ‘apostille, the document will also need to be attested by the embassy/consulate of the country in question.
The Embassy Legalisation requirements will apply to the following scenarios:
- Scenario A:
A UK degree certificate, which is to be used in the UAE will have to be certified by a UK solicitor or notary public, legalised by the FCO and then attested by the embassy of the UAE in London
- Scenario B:
The legalisation of a marriage/birth/death certificate issued by the British General Register Office (GRO), which is to be used in Qatar, will have to be legalised by the FCO and then attested by the Qatar Embassy Consulate in London.
The legalisation process varies from one Embassy to the other both in terms of procedure and time frame. Some Embassies insist on the original document to be certified by a notary as opposed to a solicitor other Embassies insist on the document being certified by a solicitor or notary registered with them.
We offer legalisation services at many foreign embassies and consulates in the UK including the Algerian, Brazilian, Chinese, Egyptian, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Lebanese, Libyan, Filipino, Qatari, Saudi, UAE, and Vietnamese Embassy
OUR SERVICE FOR ATTESTATION / LEGALISATION:
- Documents which have already been legalised by the FCO:
£85 plus Embassy Fees
- Documents, which first need to be legalised by the FCO and do not need prior Solicitor / Notary certification:
£135 excluding FCO Fees of £75 and Embassy Fees
- Documents, which first need to be legalised by the FCO and require Solicitor certification eg. certified true copy:
£170 excluding Solicitor Fees (£5 certified copy) , FCO Fees of £75 and Embassy Fees
The processing time varies greatly from one Embassy to the other and may take as little as one or two days to several weeks.
If you require urgent treatment or a quote for the processing of multiple documents, please contact us for a quote.