How do I legalise my documents for Brazil?
Legalisation of documents is the process of authenticating or attesting them for international use. Documents issued in one country are acceptable in another country only after they have been verified as genuine by the embassy of the latter country. However, the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961 abolished the need for multi-level authentication and attestation of foreign public documents for its signatory countries. The convention replaced the process with a single certification, called the apostille, issued by a competent authority in the originating country of the document.
Over 100 countries are signatory members of The Hague Convention. Foreign public documents do not require embassy legalisation for cross-border use among these countries. Instead, only an apostille certificate is required. However, in the case of the countries that are not part of the Apostille Convention, all foreign public documents need to be first apostilled and then legalised by the embassy of the country in which the documents need to be used.
Brazil joined The Hague Apostille Convention in 2015 and the convention came into effect from August 14, 2016 onwards. All foreign documents are acceptable in Brazil if they have the apostille certificate from the competent authority in the country of origin of the documents. There is no requirement for Brazil embassy legalisation of foreign public documents.
Therefore, all UK-issued documents, to be used in Brazil, need to be authenticated through the following steps:
- All the documents that have originated in the UK and are required to be used or presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil, need to have an apostille certificate. This certificate is issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK.
- Some of the documents might require attestation, verification and ratification by a Notary Public or registered solicitor, before their presentation for apostille certification.
- There is no requirement of submitting the apostilled documents to the Brazil Embassy in London for legalisation.
Legalisations.org.uk offers a wide range of services associated with the legalisation of UK-originated documents, for their use in any other country across the world. Our expert team is well versed with the rules and regulations for getting the documents legalised and thus can get the entire process completed quickly. Apart from document notarisation and apostille certification, we also offer translation of documents, if required, into the official language of Brazil. Our years of experience ensures that the legalisation of your documents is completed smoothly and efficiently. We also ensure that all your legalised documents are returned safely to you via courier.
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Important Notes for Brazil Embassy Legalisation:
Brazil is now a signatory member of The 1961 Hague Apostille Convention, which replaced the system of multi-level legalisation of documents before they could be accepted for use in another country. Now, all foreign documents for use by signatory countries only require an apostille certificate from a competent authority in the nation of origin of the document. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the sole authority to issue the apostille certificate. Therefore, any UK-issued documents to be used in Brazil only require apostille certification from the FCO.
The most common documents that require apostille certification include personal documents, such as birth or marriage certificate, and educational and professional certificates, as well as health, financial status and criminal record certificates. These documents need to be translated into Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, before they can be presented to the Brazilian authorities.
The team at Legalisations.org.uk is well-versed with the rules and requirements for the legalisation of UK-issued documents for use in Brazil. We strive to complete the process, including getting documents notarised, apostilled and translated, in the shortest time possible and return them to our clients safely.
Since Brazil is a signatory member of The Hague Apostille Convention, foreign public documents no longer require Brazil Embassy legalisation. All UK-originated documents, needed for use in Brazil, for work, business, legal or personal purposes, require an apostille certificate, issued by the UK FCO. These documents also need to be translated into Portuguese, the official language of Brazil.
The documents to be apostilled and translated include personal documents such as birth and marriage certificates, health certificates, police certificates for criminal record, educational and work experience certificates. Some of these documents might also need to be certified and attested by a Notary Public or solicitor.
The expert team at Legalisations.org.uk has been helping our individual and corporate clients with all their document legalisation needs for several years. This has helped us build strong relationships with consular and government officials, which allows us to complete the entire legalisation process smoothly and in the shortest time possible.
Please let us know about your document legalisation needs by sending an email to email@example.com or call us at 0845 224 9482. You can also fill in our online order form and our representative will guide you through the process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Since Brazil became a signatory member of The Hague Apostille Convention in 2015, foreign public documents do not require Brazil Embassy legalisation. Instead, these documents need the apostille certification from the UK FCO. Some documents might need to first be notarised by a Notary Public or registered solicitor, before being apostilled. Since there is no need to submit documents to the Brazil Embassy in London, you do not need to visit it.
The expert team at Legalisations.org.uk is well-versed with all the document legalisation requirements of different countries across the world. Our consultants have been helping individuals as well as corporate clients for several years now. Our staff will not only pre-check your documents for their content and format, but also ensure notarisation before their submission to the FCO, where needed. We can also take care of any document translation needs.
Therefore, there is no need for you to visit the UK FCO office in Milton Keynes for the apostille certification or to look for competent translators, who will ensure that the documents retain their integrity after translation.
The cost of Brazil Embassy legalisation will depend on the number of documents to be apostilled and how soon you require them. Since the process of getting UK-issued documents legalised does not require submission of documents to the Brazil Embassy in London, the costs incurred pertain to attestation by a Notary Public or registered solicitor, the FCO fee for apostille certification and the service charges of Legalisation.org.uk.
You can choose from two services packages, based on urgency. We offer the standard package for a fee of £95 + VAT, where the process is completed within 6 business days. Our express package is available for £135 + VAT, where the process is completed within 2 business days. The cost includes pre-checking of all documents to ensure that they comply with the regulations of the FCO and the Brazil Embassy.
Legalisations.org.uk will also take care of any notarisation and translation needs. Kindly inform us of your document legalisation needs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you with information on the process, the time required and the charges.
Since Brazil is now a signatory member of The Hague Apostille Convention, there is no need to submit UK-issued documents to the Brazil Embassy in London for legalisation. The process of document legalisation for Brazil involves the time needed for attestation by a Notary Public or registered Solicitor, followed by their submission for the apostille certification. If translation is required for any documents, additional time will be required to get the documents translated to Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. The expert team at Legalisations.org.uk will also pre-check your documents before their submission to the competent authorities for legalisation.
The entire process can take up to six business days when you opt for the standard package, while the Express package ensures that the entire process is completed within two business days. Our certified and expert translators take full care to ensure that the translation is accurate, with no change in the meaning or essence of the original document.
UK citizens applying for a work visa for Brazil or a visa for a business trip to Brasillia or Sao Paulo, need to first get a temporary or permanent residence visa and a job offer in hand. The work visa application process for Brazil needs to be completed by both the employer and the employee. As per the rules, employers must submit all the documents of the potential employee to the General Coordination of Immigration Department in Brazil. These documents need to be translated into Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, before they can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Brazil work aspirants are required to have two years of relevant professional experience in the field in which they are seeking a job and at least nine years of education or a relevant university degree and one year of professional experience. Aspirants with no professional experience should have a postgraduate degree. The applications for Brazil work visa or the VITEM V Visa must be accompanied by all the documents certifying the educational and professional qualifications, besides a certificate of work experience.
All these documents need to have the apostille certification of the UK FCO, while some of them may also need to be attested by the Notary Public or a Registered Solicitor in London. There is, however, no longer a requirement to submit any of your documents to the Brazil Embassy in London for legalisation.
Apart from identity proof documents and certificates of education and work experience, work aspirants for Brazil also need to submit apostilled non-criminal certificates, issued by their local police station within the past 90 days. You are also requested to check with your prospective employer or business associate in Brasilia about any other document requirements.
The rules for the submission and the format of documents required for work visa applications differ from one country to another. Work aspirants for Brazil need all documents related to work experience and educational qualifications translated into Portuguese, the official language of Brazil. The translated documents are submitted by the prospective employer to the General Coordination of the Immigration Department in Brazil.
The documents required to be translated into Portuguese for Brazil Embassy legalisation include:
- Personal Identity Documents
- Educational Certificates
- Professional Certificates
- Work Experience certificates
You can also check with your future employer or business associates in Sao Paulo about any other documents translation and legalisation needs.
Legalisations.org.uk can take care of the translation of your documents into Portuguese. We offer certified translation services for all types of documents required for Brazil Embassy legalisation. We use translators from the Institute of Translators and Interpreters as well as the Institute of Linguists, which ensures the quality of the translation. These translations are certified and stamped before their presentation to the UK FCO for apostille certification.
The address of the Brazil Embassy in London is:
3 Vere St, Marylebone,
London W1G 0DG
Following Brazil joining the 1961 Apostille Convention, there is no requirement for submitting your apostilled documents to the Brazil Embassy in London for legalisation.