Documents issued outside of the UK? How to get them Legalised easily.

Modern life dictates that the country you grew up in isn't always the one you studied, got married or had children in. But the legalisation of these documents has to take place in the country of origin. If you're looking to move yourself or your family elsewhere but have documents issued from a number of different countries, where do you turn?

Vital Consular aims to take away the confusion and make it easy for you to legalise your documents for use anywhere in the world, no matter where they were issued.

If you’re taking up employment in a new country or making the move with a family member, you will likely need documents legalising to process your visa. The documents required can vary depending on the destination country and usage, and it can be difficult to find a definitive source of information on how to legalise each document within its country of origin.

Did you know, for example, that the submission guidelines at the UAE Embassy in Canada differ from the requirements of the UAE Embassy in the UK? The world of legalisation is anything but a “one size fits all” process.

Owing to the rise in university fees within the UK over the past few years, many people are opting to study at universities abroad. It is also more popular than ever for couples to ensure the sun is out on their wedding day by marrying in an idyllic setting overseas. When it comes to applying for residency visas, this can suddenly feel like a headache due to the fact that all documents must be legalised in their country of origin. If you are a UK citizen who studied in Canada, got married in Italy and now wish to move to the UAE, would you know where to begin?

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Linguistic and cultural understanding becomes indispensable when dealing with overseas government departments and often directly with universities in different places. At Vital, we have a unique and long-established global network which allows us to undertake legalisation from countries which other UK companies can’t.

Our specialists are based in country, so you can be sure they’re well-versed in the requirements for documents issued in their respective territories. Even if your paperwork was issued in several different countries, we’ll be able to help you through the entire process. We’re the only company in the UK who can handle documents from over 150 countries.

If you’re just setting off on your journey and are faced with a request for legalised documents, it might feel as if you have a mountain to climb. We aim to make it as easy as possible, providing a single contact for you to deal with directly.

Wherever your documents were issued, and wherever you’re planning to move to, you can get documents legalised with us. Simply visit our site and request a personalised quotation based on your requirements. You can also give us a call directly on +44 (0) 330 088 1142, send us a message via WhatsApp on mobile, use our live chat system, or e-mail us at Our friendly team of specialists are on hand to answer all of your queries.

Melanie Clarke
Melanie Clarke

Melanie is a Digital Marketer and TEFL Specialist at Vital Consular. Before taking up a Marketing role, she spent 3 years building up a rich knowledge of global legalisation processes on the operations team. When she's not working, Melanie enjoys attending music events and pursuing many creative interests including screen printing and merchandise design.

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  1. I have a document sent to me from the UK without a stamp. I need to know the procedures required to obtain document authentication electronically. I can not understand how to get by pc

    • Hi Marinela, thanks for commenting. If you require authentication via an Apostille or Consular stamp, this isn’t possible to obtain electronically. If this is a UK document the original will need to be returned to the UK for the stamp to be applied. If you need any further assistance please drop us an e-mail at and one of our team will assist you in getting this process completed.

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