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Need documents legalising at the Egyptian Embassy in London? Don’t worry!
Got a job lined up in Egypt? Then you’ll need to know about document legalisation – you won’t be able to work in Egypt without it.
The process of document legalisation can be really, really tricky. Don’t worry, though. I’ll talk you through the best way to get it done in this blog. You’re in safe hands!
What is document legalisation?
It’s the process of taking documents that’ve been issued in one country and making them legally recognised in another.
Otherwise, an Egyptian employer or company has no idea whether your degree is real or not. The document legalisation process gives everyone peace of mind that any foreign documents they’re dealing with are legitimate. It’s a necessary procedure, but it’s a bit of a nightmare – every country has different processes for different documents. Fortunately for you we’re experts at legalising any documents from any country for use in Egypt. You can find a bit more about us here!
What’s the Egyptian legalisation process in the UK?
For UK-issued documents, there are three or four steps needed to legalise documents for Egypt, depending on the type of document you’re getting legalised.
- *Certification* – You might need to have the document certified by an FCDO-registered UK solicitor or Notary Public. They’ll make a copy of the document then stamp and sign it, confirming it’s a legitimate copy of the original. *If you’re legalising a birth, marriage, adoption or death certificate you won’t need to certify your document.*
- Apostille – You’ll need to have the document Apostilled by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
- Consular Stamp – Next, you’ll need to take the document to the Egyptian Embassy in London, where they’ll add their consular stamp.
- Attested by MoFA – Finally, you’ll need to send the document to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Egypt.
It looks pretty simple when it’s condensed into four bullet-points, but actually it’s anything but. At the very least you’ll have to deal with the Egyptian Embassy in London (have a look at their reviews!) and the MoFA in Egypt. If you’re not familiar with Embassies, it can be a bit daunting.
If you’ve got non-UK documents that you need legalising for Egypt, don’t worry – although the process will be different, we can still take care of it for you. Just tell us which documents you’ve got and where they’re from. We’ll do the rest.
Legalising documents for Egypt
There are so many potential pitfalls with legalisation – there’s a lot you need to be aware of. Even from a quick glance at the very basics of legalisation, you’ve probably already got a few questions:
How do I know if a solicitor is registered at the FCDO or not?
What even is an Apostille?
Do I need to take my documents to the Egyptian Embassy in person or can I post them?
What happens to my documents at the MoFA?
You’re not the only one – we get them all the time. Check out our FAQs!
That’s before you really get into the nitty-gritty of it. We’ve barely scratched the surface – don’t forget, different documents have different processes from different countries. There’s so much you need to know if you want to get your documents legalised.
And figuring out what you need to do is only the beginning – then you need to do it. That means booking appointments with solicitors, dealing with the FCDO, waiting around, trying to contact the Egyptian Embassy in London, making arrangements with MoFA in Egypt. These are all things you’ll need to worry about and sort out.
Or, actually, they aren’t. You don’t need to worry about any of it. Vital Consular can take care of document legalisation for you. All you need to worry about is getting your documents to us and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’re legalisation experts with over a decade’s worth of experience. It’s literally our job to know all the ins-and-outs of the process. Don’t waste your time and effort trying to navigate the complex world of document legalisation – just get us to do it for you. Instead, you can start thinking and planning for your new life in Egypt!
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