If you want to marry, live in a particular place, start a business or a job outside of the U.K., or study here, you may need documents proving your relationship and residency (a resident card, passport), as well as documentation for your job or business (company registration). You’ll also need an apostille if you’re going to live outside of the U.K.
If you have documents that need an Apostille, you may be wondering how to get one on them. This process can be a little complicated, but we are here to help.
Step 1: Determine What Type of Document You Have
To determine what type of document you have the first step in getting an apostille on documents issued in the U.K.. Apostilleable documents include:
K-1 visas, I-20s, E2 visas, work permits, and student visas. To get an apostille on a document, you will need to submit a completed Apostille Request Form (Form DS-160) and payment to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the document was issued. The fee for an apostille varies depending on the type of document and where it was issued, but is typically around £60-£120 for per and multiple documents.
Step 2: Contact the Embassy or Consulate for Your Country
Once you have all of the necessary documents prepared, you will need to contact the U.K. Consulate or Embassy where the document was issued and request an apostille. The Embassy or Consulate will verify that you have all of the required documents and contact you to schedule an appointment for.
There are two ways to get an apostille on documents issued in the United Kingdom. The first way is to contact the embassy or consulate for your country. The second way is to contact a notary public and have them issue an apostille on your behalf.
Where can I find an embassy or consulate in the UK?
If you need a document apostilled, the first place to go is the embassy or consulate of the country where the document is used. Many embassies and consulates offer apostille services. Apost Group is one such organization, and they provide a wide range of services, including apostilling documents issued in other countries.
To avail of their services, you will need to contact them through their website or by telephone. They will then ask you some information about the document, such as its title and issuing country. Once they have received it, they will send you the apostille certificate.
Step 3: Gather the Necessary Documents
To get an apostille on a document, you will need to submit the original document, a signed certificate from the issuing authority, and a notarized copy of the issuing authority’s seal (if available). If the document is in a foreign language, you will also need to provide an official translation. If the document you are wanting to have an apostille on is a U.K. document, then you will need to gather the following:
-The document you are wanting an apostille on
-A letter from the issuing authority (the government department, embassy, or other body that issued the document) authorizing the apostille
-Two passport photos, one of which must be a recent passport photo
-The original signature of the issuing authority or their representative (if not signed by the issuing authority then a notarized copy must be provided)
-Your current U.K. address (either as written on your passport or as an electronic address)
-The fee for the service: £60 for a single Apostille and £120 for a Multiple Apostilles!
Step 4: Complete the Apostille Form and Submit It
When you are ready to have your documents apostilled, you will need to complete an Apostille Form. You can obtain this form online or at your nearest U.K. Embassy or Consulate. Once you have completed the form and submitted it, an official in the United Kingdom will apostil and authenticate your documents.
Complete and submit the Apostille form to the appropriate authority in the U.K. to certify that the document is authentic and legal. The authority then issues an apostille, which is a stamp or signature confirming the document’s legal authenticity.