What is a Degree Certificate Document?
A degree certificate is a document declaring that you have successfully completed a specific educational course, such as Bachelor’s, Masters’ or Doctoral degrees or a professional course. The degree certificate is issued by a recognised university or the institute, from where you have completed your course.
Degree certificates and other academic documents, such as vocational training diploma documents, GCSE results or professional training certificates need to be submitted when you apply for a job in the UK or overseas, as proof of your qualifications.
If you are applying for a job or work visa in a foreign country, you will need your degree certificates to be legalised, which means that the documents are verified, certified and authenticated for their stamp, seal and signatures by official authorities. The official authority for affixing an apostille certification on documents to be submitted in a foreign country is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or FCO. Legalisation of documents makes them acceptable for international use.
The process of degree certificates document legalisation involves a number of steps:
- First, the documents require attestation, verification and ratification by a registered solicitor or notary public.
- Next, the documents need to be submitted to the UK FCO UK for apostille certification.
- The apostilled documents might require another step of embassy legalisation, if they are to be presented in a country that is not party to the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961. For nations that are signatory members of this convention, the apostille certificate is sufficient for document legalisation.
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Degree certificates are proof of your educational qualifications. These documents might need to be submitted to the authorities when you apply for an educational course or job in a foreign country or are applying for a business visa. These documents need to be legalised by the competent authority in the UK before they can be submitted in a foreign country.
The process of degree certificates documents legalisation includes attestation of the documents by a notary public or registered solicitor before submitting them to the FCO for apostille certification. The process includes another step of consular legalisation, if the document is to be presented in a country that has not signed the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961.
Legalisations.org.uk can complete the process on your behalf, which ensures that you do not need to visit any government or consular office personally. Our staff is well-versed with the process of degree certificates apostille certification and will not only pre-check your documents for format, but also get them attested by a solicitor before submitting them for apostille certification to the UK FCO. Our team will also take care of the submission of the apostilled documents for embassy legalisation and their collection from the embassy after legalisation, where required.
You can choose from our Standard and Express Packages, depending on the urgency of your need. While the Standard Package ensures completion of the process within six business days, the Express Package ensures completion of the legalisation process in two business days. We will return the legalised documents to you via courier or you can collect them from our London office.
For any queries regarding the process, kindly send an email at email@example.com. You can also call us at 0845 224 9482.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Legalisations.org.uk can complete the entire process of legalisation for degree certificate documents and other educational certificates. You can contact us with all your legalisation requirements via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us at 0845 224 9482. Our agents will advise you regarding the process and its requirements. They will also update you on the charges.
Before sending the documents to us, please check with the authorities in the country in which you are planning to use the documents whether they require embassy legalisation, in addition to the apostille. Moreover, while some countries accept the apostille attached to a certified copy of degree certificates, others require the apostille certification to be attached to the original documents.
The process of degree certificate documents legalisation is completed through the following steps:
Step 1: Let us know of your legalisation needs via email or a phone call. Our agents will advise you regarding the process, the timeframe and fees involved, based on the service package you choose.
Step 2: Send us the original documents through courier or submit them personally at our office in London.
Step 3: The documents will be checked by our agents to ensure that they comply with the FCO regulations. The documents will then be attested by our in-house solicitor, before being submitted to the FCO office in Milton Keynes.
Step 4: Our agents will collect the apostilled documents from the FCO office and further submit them to the concerned legalisation or consular office of the embassy in London, if required.
Step 5: The documents will be returned to you via courier or you can also choose to pick them up from our London office.
Legalisations.org.uk ensures the safety of all your documents, while completing the process of degree certificate documents legalisation smoothly.
The total cost of degree certificate documents legalisation includes the FCO fee for apostille certification and our service charges plus VAT. While the FCO charges £75.00 for the apostille certification of degree certificates and other qualification documents, our charges depend on the package chosen by you.
Legalisations.org.uk charges a service fee of £105.00 (+ VAT) for its Standard Package and £135.00 (+ VAT) for the Express Package. With the Standard Package, the legalisation process is completed within 6 business days, while with the Express Package, degree certificate apostille certification is completed within 2 business days
Our services include the pre-checking of your degree certificates for their format and content, as well as attestation by our in-house solicitor. We will submit the attested documents to the UK FCO for apostille certification and, if required, to the respective embassy for consular legalisation. Our service charges are inclusive of free resubmissions, if required.
Our expert team will ensure the smooth completion of the entire process If we are unable to complete the document legalisation process for any reason, we will refund the entire service fee.
If you are based in the United Kingdom, you can personally deliver your degree certificate documents for legalisation at our office in London or send them to use via post or courier. We will return the legalised documents to you by the same means.
However, if you are not residing in the UK currently, you can use DHL or UPS for international delivery of your documents.
Legalisation.org.uk has been providing legalisation services to individual and corporate clients for several years now. Our services can be accessed from anywhere in the world. We request you to send us your original degree certificate documents via the international courier services of DHL or UPS. Please also mail us the scanned copies of documents to be legalised, which will allow us to verify them in advance. This will help us avoid delays or any kind of problems.
Please also check with the authorities in the country in which you wish to present your documents regarding the need for additional embassy legalisation. The process of degree certificate documents legalisation is complete with the apostille certification from the FCO, if the documents are to be presented in a country that is a signatory to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention. However, the process involves further embassy legalisation, if the document is to be used in a country that has not signed this convention. Kindly also check whether they require the apostille certificate attached to the original degree certificate or a certified copy.
The competent authority for apostille certification of the UK-originated documents is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or FCO. However, before the documents can be submitted to the UK FCO, they require attestation, verification and ratification by a registered solicitor or notary public. If the process of legalisation requires the additional step of consular legalisation, the apostilled documents will need to be submitted to the concerned embassy in London. Once the consular legalisation process is complete, the documents will be returned to you safely.
The expert team at Legalisations.org.uk is well-versed with the process of degree certificates documents legalisation and can complete the same efficiently and quickly.
An apostille certificate, issued by the FCO UK, is an A5-sized certificate, attached permanently to the original document or a certified copy of the original. The certificate mentions:
- The name of the country of issue of the apostille: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- The name of the FCO official who has signed it
- The official’s capacity as an authorised signatory
- Bears the seal/stamp of: The UK FCO
- The location: London
- The date of issue
- Certified by Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- The identification number of the document
- Signature of the FCO official
- The red embossed seal, bearing the crest of the UK government.
Below is the image of the apostille certificate.