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Ashraf Vachhiat

Ashraf is the Marketing Technologist at Vital Consular, which means he handles all the technicalities involved in bringing this blog to life! He also enjoys creating in-depth articles around current affairs which impact the travel and relocation industry. In his free time, Ashraf relishes travelling as much as possible, and is always looking for quirky spots to take some great photos.

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We’ve launched our new blog!

If you're a regular visitor to the Vital Consular Blog, you'll have noticed that a lot's changed around here! We've just launched the biggest visual refresh in our history, which means our blog's faster, cleaner and more focused than ever, allowing you to find the information you're looking for as quickly as possible.
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English Teachers in China Being Exploited by Rogue Agencies and Schools

What began as a dream transformed slowly into a nightmare. Vanessa Wachtmeister had moved to China to work as an English teacher on the back of promises made by her agency. They assured her that the process would be easy and seamless, and that she’d have the experience of her life teaching in the Far East. It ended with her leaving her apartment at the dead of night, changing her phone number, and paying $3,000 USD for a student visa to make sure the agency couldn't trap her in the country for violating her contract.
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Travel Visas have arrived

A few months ago we told you that we'd changed our name to Vital Consular to better reflect the services we offer, and the services we plan to offer in the future. Today, we're proud to announce the first of those new services. We're now offering Travel Visas for use across the world.
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Staff Interviews – Ami Fox

Welcome to the fourteenth of our staff interviews! Today we're talking to Ami Fox, our Legalisation Administrator who deals with all incoming and outgoing documents. Ami's one of our newest staff members, having only been at the business for a few months, so she has a unique perspective on her role and how the business works. Read on to find out more about Ami, what her role entails, and what she enjoys doing outside of work.
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Staff Interviews – Sarah Price

Welcome to the eleventh of our staff interviews! Today we’re talking to Sarah Price, Sales Manager at Vital Certificates and one of our more competitive staff members! Sarah has been at the company for 2 and a half years, and now has her own Sales Office! Keep reading to find out what Sarah did before joining Vital Certificates and what she gets up to both inside and outside work.
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Tension Between Qatar and its Neighbours Shows No Sign of Easing

On June 5th, a conglomerate of Gulf countries took unprecedented action against the State of Qatar, and ceased all diplomatic relations with the gas-rich country. This lead to the immediate removal of Qatari diplomats from a number of nations, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, as well as the complete shutdown of land and air borders between all the accusing states and Qatar. Citizens of Qatar were given fourteen days to leave, leading the government to respond in kind and block all relations with their indicters as well.
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Staff Interviews – Nicola Palmer

Welcome to the tenth of our staff interviews! Today we're talking to Nicola Palmer, our Office Manager and longest serving staff member. Nicola's been working at Vital for over six years and has seen a lot of change in that time. Keep reading to find out what her first interview was like, how her role has evolved and what she likes doing in her spare time.
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Staff Interviews – Louise Wood

Welcome to the ninth of our staff interviews! Today we’re talking to Louise Wood, former Shipping Coordinator and now Sales Support Officer at Vital Certificates and one of our biggest personalities! Louise has been at the company for almost two years and has recently had the chance to switch roles within the business. Keep reading to find out what Louise did before joining Vital Certificates and what she gets up to both inside and outside work.
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Staff Interviews – Andy Howden

Welcome to the eighth of our staff interviews! Today we’re talking to Andy Howden, Legalisation Advisor at Vital Certificates and one of our more musical staff members. Andy has been at the company for almost four years. Keep reading to find out what Andy did before joining Vital Certificates and what he gets up to both inside and outside work.
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Staff Interviews – Sean Garvey

Welcome to the seventh of our staff interviews! Today we're talking to Sean Garvey, Sales Advisor at Vital Certificates and one of our longest serving staff members. Sean's been at the company for almost five years and has seen numerous changes occur across his tenure. Keep reading to find out what the company looked like when he first got the job, how his role has evolved over time, and see some of Sean's artistic displays that adorn the main office!
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Ten Common Export Documents That Require Legalisation

Did you know that most export documents will require legalisation before you’re legally allowed to bring your goods into another country? A number of these documents exist and there are no end to the possible variations of document that exist across the world for moving goods from one country to the other. However, we’ve compiled a list of the ten most common ones below, to give you a head start and make sure you know the ins-and-outs of export document legalisation.
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Fifteen Things To Know Before Moving To Kuwait

Are you planning to move to Kuwait? This tiny Gulf country has a culture all of its own, and you'll need to be clued up before you decide on making the jump. To help you, here are ten things you should really know before moving to Kuwait, from the currency to how to legalise a document to help you get a work visa.
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Staff Interviews – Joanne Douglas

Welcome to the second in our series of staff interviews! This week, we're talking to Joanne Douglas, our resident Finance Manager here at Vital. Jo's been working in finance a long time, and has a fascinating slew of jobs under her belt. But it wasn't always what she had her heart set on doing.
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