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Chinese New Year Holiday Notice 2022

The Consular Department of the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Visa Centres across the UK will be closed on Monday, 31st January and Tuesday, 1st February 2022 in observation of the traditional Chinese New Year’s Day.

The Consulate will resume work from Wednesday, 2nd February and the Chinese Visa Centre will reopen for submission of documents for legalisation from Thursday, 3rd February 2022.

The Chinese Visa Centre continues to operate with a limited service accepting documents on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and no express service available. The legalisation process is currently taking 1 week from submission to the Chinese Visa Centre.

The Chinese Consulate in the UK do not accept foreign documents for legalisation in any circumstances. They can only legalise documents originated from the UK, British Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies. Even foreign passports certified by a UK notary public are not acceptable for legalisation by the Consulate in the UK.

The standard requirement for accepting UK documents for legalisation remains unaltered, and depending on the type of document and circumstances, they may require additional supporting documents on submission.

We process a high volume of documents for China and are well experienced on legalisation requirements. For further information on legalisation of UK documents for use in China/for Chinese visa application, please contact our Legalisation Team on 020 3633 4575 or at info@wlegalisation.co.uk

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Change of fees for the Lebanese Consulate Legalisation

The Lebanese Consulate in London has increased its fees for the legalisation of documents effective from January 2022.

The new fees vary according to the type of document submitted for legalisation. The structure of new fees are, as follows:

  • Commercial documents £161 per document (except Certificate of Origin and Invoice),
  • Educational documents £43 per document,
  • Private documents (Affidavit and Medical Report) £43
  • Private documents (Powers of Attorney) – £72 for General Power of Attorney or £36 for Special Power of Attorney per signature,
  • Private documents (Pledge to Deny Ownership or Will) £90,
  • Private documents (Probate) £54 per signature plus extra fees (applied only if the amount of money is stated in the probate, 2£ per 1000£),
  • Private documents (Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificate (Not to be used for registration in Lebanon) £27 per certificate,
  • Private documents (Divorce Judgment) £45.00+ 2/1000 of any amount of money mentioned in the Divorce Judgment. Maximum fees: £1786.00.

All UK documents for submission to the Lebanese local authorities need to be first certified by a UK notary public, Apostilled by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and legalised by the Lebanese Consulate in London.

The Consulate continues to accept more than one document bundled together under one Apostille only, but each document within the bundle is required to be stamped/legalised by the Consulate individually.

For further information on how to get your UK documents legalised for use in Lebanon, please contact us

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Singapore Joins the the Hague Apostille Convention

On 18th January 2021, Singapore ratified the Hague Apostille Convention 1961 (an International Agreement abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents between signatory countries) and became effective on 16th September 2021.

With Singapore being Party to the Hague Apostille Convention, all UK documents once certified by a UK notary public and Apostilled by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is legally valid for submission to the local authorities in Singapore and no further legalisation by the High Commission in London is required.

For further information on how to get your documents legalised for use in Singapore, please contact us. 

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Salvini Decree-Law and the new changes to Italian Citizenship

The Decree-Law on Immigration and Security, pushed by far-right League leader and interior minister Matteo Salvini, was enacted on 1st December 2018 by the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, and published on 4th December abolishing humanitarian protection status for migrants and making the process more difficult to obtain the Italian citizenship.

The final text has been modified in its part referring to Italian Citizenship before it became law on 1st December 2018.  Continue reading “Salvini Decree-Law and the new changes to Italian Citizenship”

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UAE New Requirements for Legalisation of Educational Certificates

The Cultural Department of the UAE Embassy changed the requirements for legalisation of educational certificates with immediate effect.

The consular section confirmed that notaries and solicitors must certify directly on the actual document so the FCO can attach the Apostille to it instead of to the notarial certificate.

Documents which have not been certified accordingly will be rejected by the Consulate.

Please contact our legalisation team by email at INFO@WLEGALISATION.CO.UK for further information.

Click here for more information regarding United Arab Emirates Legalisation

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Chinese Spring Festival Holiday Closure

The Consular Department of the Chinese Embassy in London will be closed on Friday, 27th January and Monday, 30th January on the occasion of the traditional Chinese Spring Festival.

The Consulate will resume work on Tuesday, 31st January, as usual.

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Recent Consular updates – Cuba, Indonesia & Philippines

It is important mentioning that some embassies reviewed their fees for processing the documents via their consular sections in London.

The legalisation fee of the Cuban Consulate remain unaltered, however, they increased their admin fee for processing documents from £20 to £22, irrespective the number of documents involved.

The Embassy of Indonesia introduced a new fee of £101 for processing commercial documents and increased their fee for processing personal documents from £15 to £20 per document.

The Philippines Consulate has also increased their consular fee from £20 to £23 per document for processing via standard service and from £30 to £33 per document for processing via express service.

For further information on fees and requirements for legalisation by each country, please click here.