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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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Certified or Notarised – What’s the Difference?

When it comes to legalisation, unfamiliar terminology can often cause confusion to those who are not well versed in the processes involved. Some terms, such as "legalisation" and "attestation" can be used interchangeably, but essentially mean the same thing. Others, such as "certified copy" and "notarised copy", require a clear distinction and can be the difference between a document being accepted or rejected when presented in your destination country. Here we will present the differences in a clear and understandable way!
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UK-Issued Islamic Marriage Certificates – Where Are They Recognised?

At present, Islamic marriages are not recognised as legally binding by UK law. This is out of step with many other religious ceremonies which are recognised such as Jewish and Quaker marriages. Unless the married couple go on to seek a civil ceremony, their marriage is not considered legal and will miss out on rights enjoyed by other married couples. Does this apply to other countries and can they be legalised for use overseas?
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Chinese Travel Visa – Do you really need one?

China is a popular transit hub with excellent transport links across the globe. This can be a great opportunity to take in some of China's sights, if you're able to make use of their excellent transit visa system. It can be complicated however, as each airport and region has it's own rules on length of stay and which nationalities can apply. If you're unsure, read on to find out if you really need to apply for that full visa before you leave.
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Planning a cruise? Don’t fall into the visa trap!

Cruises are a great way to check off a lot of destinations in one trip, but they can also be perilous in terms of documentation. A recent incident where a couple were forced to disembark their cruise liner halfway through their holiday highlights the importance of checking visa requirements before you leave! Do you know which popular cruise destinations require UK citizens to apply for a pre-travel visa? Read on to find out!
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Top 12 Holiday Destinations That Require a Visa

A United Kingdom passport is ranked in the 5th band of most powerful passports, with visa-free entry into 118 countries, a visa being issued on arrival in 42 and only requiring a visa prior to travelling in 38 countries. But do you know which countries require a visa and which one's don't? Here we've selected the top 12 destination countries that UK citizens visit which require a visa process before you travel.
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Travel Visas have arrived

A few months ago we told you that we'd changed our name to Vital Consular to better reflect the services we offer, and the services we plan to offer in the future. Today, we're proud to announce the first of those new services. We're now offering Travel Visas for use across the world.
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Why Verification is Vital – Three Year Jail Term for Exaggerating CV in UAE

Exaggerated information on a CV is not a new problem, but the idea of fabricating details to boost your apparent experience or qualification levels is usually met with an "everybody does it" attitude. As the job market is becoming increasingly competitive however, employers are quickly tightening regulations to end these practices. What steps are the UAE taking to change this mindset?
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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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Staff Interviews – Ami Fox

Welcome to the fourteenth of our staff interviews! Today we're talking to Ami Fox, our Legalisation Administrator who deals with all incoming and outgoing documents. Ami's one of our newest staff members, having only been at the business for a few months, so she has a unique perspective on her role and how the business works. Read on to find out more about Ami, what her role entails, and what she enjoys doing outside of work.
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