FCDO rejection

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?
Continue Reading...
uk tefl courses

Guaranteed Acceptance TEFL Courses To Study In The UK – Verified List

If you're planning on studying a TEFL course, which is best suited for your needs? Does it matter which provider you choose, and if so what should influence your decision? If you plan on teaching in-person overseas, then there are some serious points to consider when you're weighing up your options. Our latest creation is a unique pre-checked list, designed to make your life easier, and this post explains what we considered when putting it together.
Continue Reading...
spanish non lucrative visa uk

Spanish Non-Lucrative Visas From The UK – Ultimate Help Guide

Relocating to Spain can feel like a confusing process when you have so many documents to gather. Even if you've been living there for a while, changes in status due to Brexit is leaving lots of people in an urgent situation trying to apply for their residence visas in order to stay in the country. Here we look at the popular Non-Lucrative Visa and what's required to obtain it.
Continue Reading...
teaching tefl tips

The Cons of Teaching ESL Overseas – Turning Them Into Pros

Going to teach overseas for the first time can feel like a mix of intense emotions. Excitement, nerves, curiosity...all of this is completely normal. One thing you should be sure of is that you've done your research. Whilst reading about something can never truly replace the experience, it can certainly at least prepare you for any obstacles and help you get around them confidently.
Continue Reading...
non lucrative visa letter spain

Medical Letters For Residency Visas – Step-by-Step Guide on Legalisation

As COVID restrictions begin to ease, migration is on the rise now that travel is becoming possible again. With Brexit causing paperwork nightmares for many expats, gathering necessary medical documents for the move has become a stressful task for many. Here we explain why, as well as how you can get your paperwork through as quickly as possible if you're making the move abroad.
Continue Reading...
Apostille Scam UK

The Latest Scam – How To Check Your Apostille Is Real

During the pandemic, many processes have been more difficult than usual. This has included legal, as well as access to consular services. Some procedures have been adapted where possible, to allow some progress, but others are unable to be by-passed due to their official nature and importance. Because of the difficulties, there have been scams creeping up in order to take advantage of people unaware of complex procedures, desperate to get things moving.
Continue Reading...
leaving tefl job china

Leaving a TEFL Job in China – Complete Guide on Doing it Right

Whether you've decided you're leaving a TEFL job in China and returning home, or simply transferring to a different school, you'll need to make sure your paperwork is in order. By skipping any part of the process, you could get into problems later down the line which may cause major delays to your plans, or even worse! When you're overseas, the last thing you need is to be stuck in limbo. Check out our helpful guide on what to do when you're ready to leave your position.
Continue Reading...
Launch Background

We’ve launched our new blog!

If you're a regular visitor to the Vital Consular Blog, you'll have noticed that a lot's changed around here! We've just launched the biggest visual refresh in our history, which means our blog's faster, cleaner and more focused than ever, allowing you to find the information you're looking for as quickly as possible.
Continue Reading...
uk birth certificate change

Changing Your Name On A UK Birth Certificate

We often have customers who get in touch requesting an updated copy of their birth certificate if there have been changes to their name. Whilst changes to the original birth registration is, in some cases, possible, these are exceptional circumstances. In most situations, you don't need to make changes to it.
Continue Reading...
working in china latest situation

Going to work in China – The latest on the situation

Although life in China is returning to something close to normal, the government continues to keep a close eye on who's allowed to come into the country. And while most schools are allowing children back into classrooms, there is a major shortage in teaching staff because of continuing travel restrictions across the globe. We look at the situation as it currently stands, from inside and outside China.
Continue Reading...