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apostille figures 2020

Did Apostille Figures Drop in 2020? – Official Statistics

Due to the travel restrictions, lockdown measures and widespread reductions in workforces across the globe for the majority of the year, you would be forgiven for assuming that the need for Apostilles would have dropped drastically in 2020. We requested official figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and compared them to our own customer data, to see what it revealed.
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Lockdown – Has it put people off travel and relocation?

Being in lockdown has affected everyone differently. With many people working from home, some people furloughed and others still on the front line, everyone has had to adapt. As travel restrictions have remained in place also, most holidays have been cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future, but do people still want to travel after going through this pandemic, or has it put people off international travel and relocation completely?
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Travel After COVID-19 – What Will It Be Like?

With travel currently highly restricted across the globe, many are wondering what state the industry will be in once the Coronavirus epidemic is hailed to be over. With most people feeling the impact of the freeze in travel, and with many having to have holidays and other events cancelled, the travel companies themselves will be feeling anxious over the situation. Before you start planning or rescheduling your holidays, read our predictions on how the land will lie once the all-clear is given again.
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The Middle Eastern Visa Freeze – How will this affect Expats?

Over the past few years, momentum has grown towards the nationalisation of job markets across the GCC and other parts of the Middle and Far East. This is intended to cut unemployment levels for nationals as well as improve prospects in higher paid positions. Which countries are attempting to reduce expat worker numbers, and how will this affect those wishing to work overseas in these nations?
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Neom – Saudi’s Expat Capital of the Future?

In the first quarter of 2019, Saudi Arabia's new mega-city named Neom, or "The Red Sea Project", commenced construction. The vision of Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, this new centre of commerce and high-end tourism covers over 10, 000 square miles. With the aim to establish Neom as a hotspot for business, expats and tourists from across the globe, what will this mean for those wishing to travel there?
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Philippines Enters The Hague Apostille Convention

On 14th May 2019, the Philippines will become an effective member state of the Apostille Agreement, part of the Hague Convention. This will mean that for many people wishing to legalise documents for use in the Philippines, the current process of seals and red ribbons applied by the Embassies worldwide will be a thing of the past. How will this affect those wishing to relocate or conduct business within the country?
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UAE Suspends Good Conduct Certificate Requirement

In an about-turn from their notification earlier this year, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFA) has now issued a directive to all Embassies worldwide that from the 1st April they are postponing the requirement for Good Conduct Certificates to be provided when applying for a UAE Residence Visa.
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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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Vital Certificates Named As Finalist In Amazon Growing Business Awards

We are proud to announce that Vital Certificates has been named a finalist in the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards. Nominated within the Triumph Over Adversity category, the company demonstrated its ability to both triple in size to revenues of over £1m, and expand internationally when it opened its first overseas branch in Dubai last year, despite trading through a formal insolvency arrangement.
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