Document for use in Taiwan needs first to be legalised by way of FCO Apostille and then submitted to the Taipei Representative Office in London for further attestation.
The consular fee is £12 per document for standard service or £18 per document for express service.
Turnaround time is likely to be 25-26 working days for Consulate standard service legalisation or 18-19 working days for express service legalisation. This has been updated due to COVID-19 circumstances.
Photocopy of the document is required.
The Applicant and Agent’s passport copies are required.
The application form available on the consulate’s website needs to be filled in and signed by the document’s holder (Applicant).
The Consulate also requires for the document’s holder, whether private or company, to issue a separate letter of authorisation to the Agent to obtain the legalisation on their behalf and it must be notarised (no Apostille required) confirming the genuineness of the applicant’s signature.
The letter of authorisation must refer to its expiry date.
For personal documents such as a school letter/ educational certificate/ qualification certificate, the English notary public must certify that confirmation of authenticity from the awarding body has been established.
Documents which can be Apostilled directly by the FCO (e.g. UK Birth, Marriage, Death, No Impediment to marry certificates, ACRO Criminal Records) cannot be certified by a notary public. The Consulate requires the Apostille to go directly on the actual document and presenting to them without notarial certificate attached.
If certifying copy of UK documents, the practising solicitor or notary public certifying the documents MUST verify authenticity and contents of the documents with the issuing authority and make a statement confirming the verification carried out and that such document is genuine and authentic. Just the statement such as “true copy of the original” is not acceptable by the Consulate.
The Taipei Representative Office in London also has jurisdiction for the legalisation of documents issued in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Falkland Islands, Ghana, the Seychelles and Sierra Leone.
Documents with a connection to places north of Durham, including Cumbria and Scotland, must be sent to the Taipei Representative Office in Edinburgh, which also has jurisdiction for the Isle of Man.
Method of payment: cash or company cheque – payable to T.R.O. in the UK
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Friday
50 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB
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