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With the Coronavirus pandemic causing so many travel restrictions globally, most countries are keen to keep movement across their borders to a minimum. Although China made quick progress in returning life to a state close to normality, they have introduced strict measures for incoming passengers. Here we look at what this new documentation is, and how you get it.Continue Reading...Getting a PU Letter for China – Guide to Invitation Letters
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.Continue Reading...Did Apostille Figures Drop in 2020? – Official Statistics
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?Continue Reading...Getting Married Abroad Part 2 – How to find a lost overseas marriage certificate?
There are a wide variety of terms within the world of legalisation which can cause a lot of confusion for those needing to present documents overseas. If you're in the UK and you're not sure whether you need to Apostille or Legalise your documents, this blog post will answer all of your questions for you.Continue Reading...Essential differences between Apostilles and Legalisation in the UK
Having businesses, property or other assets overseas can be stressful if you're unable to travel. During lockdown, we saw a huge increase in the number of people preparing Powers of Attorney in order to pass management of their assets on to someone in-country. If you're doing this for the first time, what do you need to be aware of?Continue Reading...Using a UK Power of Attorney Overseas? All You Need To Know
When deciding on a degree course to study, your main focus is choosing a quality provider and ensuring that the structure of study will fit in with your life. With so many adults deciding to re-train or boost their expertise around current jobs or family commitments, distance learning qualifications are becoming more and more popular. But what are the pitfalls you may face further down the line?Continue Reading...Can a Distance Education Certificate be Attested for use in Qatar?
Teaching English abroad with a TEFL qualification is becoming a popular option for many people who are looking to relocate. The chance to immerse yourself in the local culture through language can be a wonderful, rewarding and exciting experience. With this surge in popularity, a host of issues have come to light when qualified TEFL tutors are attempting to use these awards overseas. What are these issues and how can they be resolved?Continue Reading...All you need to know about legalising your TEFL for use overseas
Here at Vital Consular we're undertaking a virtual step challenge in order to fundraise for the British Heart Foundation. Many charities have struggled with funding during lockdown, so we chose a fundraising activity we could all get involved with, as well as keep up fit. We set a huge target of walking from our head office in Batley to our Middle East office in Dubai, but we're almost half way already!Continue Reading...Walking Batley to Dubai – Our journey so far
Who would imagine that there are so many terms for essentially the same concept? The process of taking a document issued in one country and making it legally recognised in another isn't exactly a straightforward process, but it is often made more complicated by differing terminology. Here we will explain the differences (and similarities) between these terms and clear up any confusion.Continue Reading...Document Verification, Legalisation, Notarisation, Authentication or Attestation?
The popularity of the “virtual fitness challenge” has boomed during the lockdown measures introduced across the globe. Not only has it given people a boost to their physical health, it’s worked wonders for mental health too. At Vital Consular, we…Continue Reading...A Journey of 4,417 Miles Starts Here
Christmas time is almost here, so we wanted to let you know about our opening times over the festive period.Continue Reading...Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2020
It may seem like an over-generalisation, but there is truth to the maxim "happy employees equals happy customers". At Vital Consular, we have always taken customer feedback to heart and have been focused on improving your experience at every stage of your journey, and we do the same for our staff too. Since January, we have been asking our employees for regular anonymous feedback via a monthly survey, and we're pleased to say that it has confirmed what we hoped; our staff are a happy bunch.Continue Reading...The key to happy customers is happy employees
Following an update from the Qatari Embassy, we can advise that Islamic Marriage Certificates can now be legalised for use in Qatar. There may be further requirements once you reach the country, but this is a step towards making things easier for those wishing to relocate to Qatar.Continue Reading...Qatar Accepts Islamic Marriage Certificates – Service Update
Flights from the UK will expand in number and destinations from the beginning of July. With two of the largest European airlines resuming their flights from the 1st, as well as quarantine measures being dropped in the most popular tourist hot spots, we will certainly see a rise in holiday makers travelling overseas this summer.Continue Reading...Travel updates from July 1st – Where you can travel abroad
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?Continue Reading...Lockdown – Has it put people off travel and relocation?
Adjusting to a new country, and even a new career certainly has its difficulties. Whether you’re looking to relocate overseas once lock down is eased, or simply looking at trying a new career path teaching online, now is the perfect…Continue Reading...Preparing for the recruitment boom – Expanding your skills in lockdown
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.Continue Reading...Travel After COVID-19 – What Will It Be Like?
Following a closure of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) UK Apostille service in March 2020 due to staff shortages owing to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, Vital Consular has now been notified that a limited UK Apostille service will be reinstated from Tuesday 7th April 2020.Continue Reading...UK Apostille Service – FCO Restarts Limited Functionality
If you are having your documents legalised for use overseas, you may run into issues if your name differs between your document and your official ID. This could vary for a host of reasons, including marriage, divorce, Deed Poll or simply not including your full name. To avoid experiencing delays and additional costs, this article will help you understand how to prepare your paperwork for processing.Continue Reading...Does your name differ on your documents? Avoid them being rejected for legalisation
With all of the headlines around the Coronavirus constantly filling up our news feeds, it's leaving many with more questions than answers and filling those who had planned to relocate with uncertainty. In our unique position, assisting people looking to move and travel around the globe, we are here to provide a balanced and informed view of the situation.Continue Reading...Coronavirus – How the impact on teacher recruitment is evolving