Ashraf Vachhiat

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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How To Stop Your Last Minute Holiday Bookings Being A Washout

Last minute holiday bookings can be a great way to visit some great destinations for a fraction of the price; everyone loves to grab a bargain! But the terror of additional paperwork can mean these deals may sometimes not turn out to be the stress-busting break you'd hoped for. Here's what to look out for to ensure you're not left in the departure lounge.
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Obtaining a Russian Visa for UK Citizens – Part 1 – Visa Types

If you need to know how to get a Russian Visa from the UK, firstly you'll need to know which type to apply for. Russia offers several options with varying stay lengths, so you need to make sure you know which will suit your requirements. Check out part 1 of our series to read about these preliminary stages.
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Schengen Visa Guide Part 3 – How do you get a Schengen Visa Appointment ?

This is the third and final part of our Schengen Visa series. Many tourists choose to make the most of their trip to Europe by travelling to several countries in the Schengen zone, which is where the perks of a single visa application for multiple countries really comes into play. It does however also bring complications when it comes to knowing how to get a Schengen Visa Appointment.
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The Chinese Visa Centre – Avoid Any Surprises With Our Guide

Getting a visa to travel to China can be a long and extremely complicated process. China requires UK citizens to attend Visa Centres in person before they can be issued, which can feel like a scary prospect if you've never done it before. This post aims to guide you through the whole process, advising you of what to expect, so you won't be met with any surprises when you arrive!
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Education recruitment – an Interview With Munir Mamujee

Vital Consular are excited to announce that we have teamed up with m2r Education, where we aim to set a new precedent in recruitment support. In this interview, the Managing Director of m2r, Munir Mamujee, shares his thoughts on the growth of the education sector, why he feels his unique approach to recruitment is breaking the mould in his field and how the partnership with Vital will help him take this even further.
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Getting Married Abroad Part 1 – What’s involved?

Getting married abroad is becoming ever more popular. With guaranteed sunshine and photo opportunities in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world, it's easy to see why! But what's involved with getting married overseas in terms of paperwork, and once you're married, is your certificate legal in your home country? We're offering a two-part blog post on the before and after of the processes you need to know about.
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Certified or Notarised Translation – Which Do You Require?

A document often has to undergo translation if being used for any official purpose in an overseas country. If you were married abroad and didn't have an English version produced at the time, or are travelling to a country and require your English certificate for identification purposes, it can get confusing very quickly. Here we look at the two main types of translations, and the different situations in which your documents may require them.
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Legalisation And Aggravation – Inside Information From Our Runner

At Vital Consular we offer an urgent legalisation service, ensuring that anyone using their UK documents overseas can have them processed as quickly as possible if they're short on time. Wherever you are in the world, you don't have to go further than the post office to enjoy this speedy service. Our London office has a dedicated team of runners who go out daily submitting and collecting documents for you. Here's a look into a typical day for them, and how their expertise and knowledge allows us to offer you the most convenient and cost-effective urgent service possible.
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Travel to Europe Post-Brexit – How much of a headache will it be?

With the political landscape currently in a state of deep uncertainty, one of the biggest worries for Brits is how this will affect their ability to travel within Europe post-Brexit. So far, speculation has been rife and until Brexit passes one way or another, it's hard to know for sure how travel after Brexit will play out. With so many British expats all over Europe, as well as tourists who flock to the mainland at least once a year, we look at how this could potentially be handled in the future.
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The Pitfalls of Overseas Document Legalisation – Complex Problems We’ve Solved

It's becoming more and more common for people to move abroad to work, study or for a change of lifestyle in a new country. However, this can lead to a lot of complexity when it comes to their paperwork. Since we have colleagues situated in dedicated legalisation offices across the globe, we love a challenge when it comes to customers struggling to have their overseas documents legalised. Here's a look at some of the more unusual combinations we've handled for our customers in the past!
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How Can Legalisation For Qatar Go Wrong?

In this first part in our Legalisation Fixers series, we are looking at the most common issue we receive queries about. As Qatar require supporting documentation to legalise education certificates, this can cause confusion and delays. This is due to the very specific guidelines which these documents must meet in order to be stamped at the Qatari Embassy. Here is a recent case study of one such order we processed, where the customer had attempted to process the documentation themselves only to have the letter rejected.
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What Can Go Wrong With Chinese Legalisation?

In this final part in our Legalisation Fixers series, we are focusing on the complex process of Chinese document legalisation. As a destination with one of the most exacting list of requirements, it's not surprising that we offer a lot of support to customers travelling to China. Each case is different and depends on various factors as to how the documents are handled. Here we look at a recent case which is very similar to a lot of people's experience during this process.
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Get Documents Legalised – Why it’s never too late to ask for help

Moving overseas for a new job, or dealing with bureaucracy in a foreign country is usually a time-consuming and difficult task. You'll be bombarded by a number of new terms, such as "legalisation", "notarisation", "attestation" and "authentication", and it can be quite confusing to navigate your way through the maze to simply get documents legalised. What do you do if you've started the process yourself but come up against issues, delays and further complications?
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