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Jess Petch

Jess is the Certificate Administrator at Vital Certificates. She specialises in obtaining personal documents in the UK as well as assisting the legalisation team, uniquely bridging her knowledge between the two sectors. Outside of her role at Vital, she enjoys a range of pastimes including various creative projects, gaming, and is mum to calico cat Munchie.

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Need a UK Apostille? What to check to ensure your document will be accepted by the FCDO!

With more and more people seeking to use their documents overseas, either for work, residency or to enable someone abroad to act on their behalf in a legal capacity, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) are getting hundreds of documents through their doors on a daily basis for the purpose of apostille application. But be aware - the FCDO are stringent in their checks and if your document doesn't meet all the necessary requirements it will be sent back to you without the all-important apostille. So what reasons could your document be rejected by the FCDO and what can you do to prevent this?
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Getting Married Abroad Part 2 – How to find a lost overseas marriage certificate?

Previously, we explored the requirements for getting married overseas and the various steps you need to consider to ensure your nuptials go off without a hitch! But what if you, or your family members, were married abroad a number of years ago and you require a copy of the marriage certificate? How easy is it to obtain, and is getting hold of the document all you will need to think about?
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Christmas Travel – Are Your Documents Valid For Your Winter Break?

Christmas markets, festive theme parks, even a bit of winter sun! There are many reasons why travelling abroad in the holiday season is an enticing idea and there are many travel agents and tour operators offering cheap winter breaks to a variety of countries. But before you book, there is a pretty important factor that you may need to consider – do you need a visa to visit Europe? And if so, how long will the process take?
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Want to retain your EU Citizenship post-Brexit?

With the prospective Brexit date of March 29th creeping ever closer, many British citizens are gearing up to try and claim citizenship in one of the remaining EU member states. Recent data shows that the number of British citizens successfully acquiring citizenship for another European Union country has more than doubled since 2016, the very year the Brexit referendum took place. If ensuring you retain your status as a citizen of an EU state is part of your plan, what do you need to begin the process?
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Easing Travel Visa Restrictions – Which Countries Are Leading The Way?

Countries across the world are exploring how to open their doors more widely to tourism and international business. Making visa processes simpler and less expensive can be an important factor in attracting more visitors, which in turn can give a welcome boost to the economy. Which countries are in the process of making changes in hopes of benefiting from more foreign footfall?
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