Apostille your educational certificate in 3 easy steps.
In order to apostille your educational certificate, you simply need to follow the 3 basic services as described below. You have the option of have us apostille your document only after the document is solicitor certified/notarised yourself, or alternatively you can also send us your original documents, we can take a copy, have it certified by a solicitor and go onto apostille it at the FCO office. We can offer a 2 day or same day service.
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Send us the order form and the original version of your certification for inspection.
If you require us to certify the original, or a photocopied version to be solicitor certified, then please let us know. Please note we would require the original anyway.
Upon receipt of the documents, we will then have the document certified by our solicitor and then apostilled at the FCO accordingly after this and returned straight back to you
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For more information about Apostilling an educational certificate, please read below where we have the most common questions answered.
Section 1: Educational Certificate Apostille
According to data published by the UK Council for International Student Affairs, nearly 80% of the students pursuing higher education in universities in the UK are from UK. Only about 6% come from the rest of the EU. However, there is a good 13% who came from different parts of the world to pursue their education in the UK. It was found that in 2016-17, the total number of non-UK students studying in the country was more than 442,000. Such a large number of foreign students in the UK only emphasise the immense opportunities this country has to offer.
The UK is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Cambridge andOxford, worldwide for their high educational standards. The education system in the UK is dedicated to teaching student specific qualities and skills required to succeed in their chosen field. In addition, the UK government is committed to fully supporting international students in their academic pursuits.
What all students should know is that in the UK, getting an apostille on certified copies of academic documents, such as degrees or diplomas, is mandatory to successfully complete a course of study. Apostille, legalisation or attestation of UK degree certificates ensures that the education certificates are recognised outside of the UK too.
Document Apostille is the result of an international treaty, outlined at the Hague Convention of 1961. This treaty abolished the need for legalisation of foreign public documents. Instead, legal documents need to now be apostilled (attested) in one country to be legally valid in other countries.
Here’s a look at how to get degree certificates attested.
Section 2: General Queries about Apostilled Educational Certificate
1. Why is an Apostille required on your educational certificate?
Apostille on educational degree certificates is a major requirement for UK citizens who want to work aboard. Employers in other countries require proof that the education documents and signatures being presented are genuine and legitimate. This is what the apostille does, attesting to the authenticity of legal documents. Getting a document attested by the concerned authority is a major step to having the document recognised for use overseas.
To prove that the education certificates are genuine, they must be attested by the FCO in the UK. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)attaches anApostille Stamp to the certificate and place an FCO seal.
In some cases, the degree certificate needs to be countersigned by a UK solicitor or Notary Public for the FCO to verify its authenticity.
2. What information is required to get a degree/diploma apostilled?
Applying for document apostille is a simple procedure and can be completed in just a few minutes. Once the application is processed, the education documents will need to be presented to be legalised by the FCO. Even if it is a Harvard diploma, you will need to get it apostilled.
To get a degree/diploma certificate apostilled, the document should be sent to a reliable service, preferably in its original form, since a lot of countries do not accept copies of legal documents.
To pay the fees, you can make a bank transfer or use your credit card. When making bank transfers, make sure you provide the banking information, along with the necessary paperwork.
3. Why would you require an apostille on your degree/diploma certificate?
After completing their studies, many UK students apply for jobs in other countries. However, these countries might not recognise the degree or certificates earned in the UK. It is for this reason that education certificate needs to be legalised or apostilled.
Educational degrees and many other types of legal documents, including passports, birth and marriage certificates, death certificates, etc., are authenticated with an apostille stamp issued by the FCO. Document apostilles were recognised after an intergovernmental treaty was signed at the Hague Convention of 1962.
4. What is the process of getting a degree/diploma certificate apostilled with RLS?
Rapid Legalisation Services is one of the prominent apostille services for degree/diploma certificates. It is a London-based professional apostille and notarisation service that offers FCO legalisation of all documents, from birth and death certificates to deeds, wills, contracts, identity proofs and more. The company ensure that its clients’ data remains secure and confidential. It has an expert team of couriers, proficient in securely collecting documents. They also specialise in handling all types of queries related to the processing of apostille diploma and degrees.
Here are the 3 easy steps in which you can get your degree/diploma certificate apostilled with RLS:
Step 1: Fill Form Online and Order Online
Fill the order form for the apostille service and send a copy of the university degree/diploma certificate that needs to be apostilled via email.
Step 2: Official Certification
Along with a copy of the education certificate, you also need to provide the individual’s contact information, including their mailing address, email address and phone number. This is important, since there may be a need to contact the person during the process of providing apostille for a diploma/degree certificate.
Step 3: Apostilled Document Issued and Delivered Back to You
Once the documents are apostilled at the FCO, based on your urgency and the kind of service you choose, the apostilled copy of the degree will be delivered back to you on your address.
5. How long does it take to get a degree/diploma certificate spostilled?
The time taken to get a UK degree/diploma certificate apostilled largely depends on the service you choose. You can choose between two types of service:
- Apostille Same-Day Service
- Apostille 2-Day Service
The prices of the apostille may vary according to the type of service you choose.
6. How much does it cost to apostille degree/diploma certificates?
The cost to obtain an apostilled copy of a degree/diploma certificate majorly depends on the kind of service you choose at RLS. Based on the choice of time of delivery, the prices to apostille a degree/diploma are:
- Apostille Same–Day Service: £135 (FCO Fees £75 and VAT £10)
- Apostille 2-Day Service: £78 (FCO Fees £30 and VAT £8)
Yes, an apostilled educational certificate can be used as an official proof in any country across the globe. The apostille stamp on a degree or diploma will prove the authenticity of the document and the signatures on it.
Apostille is acceptable in 105 countries across the world that are members of the Hague Convention. India has also been a member of the Hague Convention since 2005. The Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi provides diploma certificate apostille in India.