Who can Issue the Apostille?

When applying to legalise a document with the apostille for the first time it can be confusing as to who can actually do this. It is a common misconception that the apostille can be issued by a solicitor, a notary or a registrar. Whilst such individuals may claim to be able to do so this can be misleading.

The UK apostille is issued by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Any individual or organisation obtaining the apostille for a given document will ultimately be submitting this to the FCO.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Can the UK Apostille be issued to a Document Prepared in a Foreign Language?

As per the terms of the Hague Convention, the Apostille is issued to a document originating from one country in order for this to be legally recognised in another member country. For example, a UK birth certificate that has been issued with the apostille should be legally recognised in the USA.

Overall, this does prove to be an effective system to simplify the circulation of documents throughout countries that are part of the apostille convention. However, one clear caveat of this is the fact that there is not a common language shared by all of these countries.

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Relocation of the European Medicines Agency

As of March 2019, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be relocating from their London headquarters to a new address in the Netherlands. The decision to relocate was made as a direct consequence of the United Kingdom’s planned withdrawal from the European Union.

What Documents are issued by EMA?

The EMA issue certificates relating to medicinal products for human and veterinary use. The certificate issued by the EMA, on behalf of the European Commission, confirms the product is compliant with good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations.

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Multilingual Forms to Replace Apostille for EU Nationals

In a previous article, we discussed plans to replace the apostille within the EU for certain public documents. The legislation for this has been finalised and the changes are expected to be implemented on the 16th of February 2019. Once these changes are in effect, certain public documents will no longer need the apostille or an official translation. 

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Apostille for NHS Employment Letters

According to a recent parliamentary publication, 5.6% of NHS staff are EU nationals; a total of approximately 63,000 people. We regularly hear from clients who need to legalise their NHS employment document with the apostille. This is often required to prevent double taxation in the UK and in the home country of the employee in question; particularly Spain and Greece.

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Which Countries May Require Embassy Legalisation?

As of December 2018, 116 countries have acceded to The Hague Apostille Convention. As a result of this, UK documents being presented in any of these countries simply require the apostille in order to be legally recognised. Nevertheless, there are many countries that are not party to this treaty. When this is the case additional legalisation steps may be required.

Which Countries May Require Further Legalisation?

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Legalising Documents for the Exportation of Goods

Trading internationally will increase the sales potential of any company and, with this in mind, it is easy to see why many companies will aim to sell their goods globally. The document requirements and regulations for the exportation of goods vary widely from country to country. It is essential to check what paperwork will satisfy the requirements of the local authorities in the country any goods are to be exported to.

What Documents Are Required?

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Confirming the Structure of a Company

UK companies conducting business internationally, setting up overseas branches or opening a bank account in another country will often need to provide evidence of the structure of the UK registered company.

Various documents can be used for this purpose and these documents will usually require legalisation before they are presented overseas.

Certificate of Good Standing

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