Your documents are “posted” to the FCDO in Milton Keynes and then posted back to our office – or your address. This process usually takes about 10-12 days.
Option two: 2 to 3 days:
If documents arrive by 10:30 am, it will take 2 days
If documents arrive after 10:30 am, then it will take 3 days
Documents are submitted and collected in person
Option three: 1 day (next business day)
Documents must arrive before 10:30 am for the next-day service.
Documents can be collected around 3:30 pm the next day.
Documents are submitted and collected in person
Option four: e-Apostille 1 to 2 days
Electronic apostilles are usually completed within 24 hours but can take two working days, depending on the FCDO’s workload.
Do I have to come to your office?
No, you don’t need to attend our office in Westminster. Documents can be sent by courier or by post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your documents by post. We return your documents in the same way.
You are, of course, welcome to drop the documents off in person. However, delivering in person requires that you have an order number. Therefore, please make sure you contact our office first.
How do I pay for an apostille from the Home Office?
If you submit your application for an apostille directly to the FCDO, you can pay online via their website. We can invoice you if you want us to handle your apostille application. You can make an online card payment or pay through PayPal or bank transfer. See other payment options that we accept.
Do I need to have my HO document notarised or certified before getting an apostille?
Most HO documents must be certified. Although the Home Office keeps records of documents such as visas, work permits, and residence permits, these documents are not considered public documents. For this reason, they must either be notarised by a UK notary public or certified by a UK solicitor.
We can arrange to have your UK documents certified or notarised before they are submitted for an apostille.
Home Office-issued documents that can be apostilled:
Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
Indefinite leave to enter (ILE)
No time limit (NTL)
UKVI settlement letters
Immigration status document
Home Office travel documents
Asylum registration card
Naturalisation or registration certificate
Biometric residence permit (BRP)
Can I expedite my HO apostille request?
Yes, you can request an expedited apostille service. Our same-day service takes 5 hours to complete. Note that the expedited service is only available via registered apostille agents like us. You cannot order a same-day service via the FCDO website yourself.
Can I get an electronic apostille for Home Office documents?
Not yet. The Legalisation Office of the FCDO has announced that you will soon be able to get an electronic apostille (called an “e-apostille“) for some Home Office documents that have been issued and signed electronically – but they have not yet given a date.
Although the Home Office can now issue eVisas (electronic visas) and eBRPs (electronic Biometric Residence Permits), these types of electronic signatures are not yet incorporated into the electronic documents issued by the Home Office.
It is also theoretically possible to submit an application for an e-apostille with an electronic copy (e.g., a PDF file) of your physical Home Office document that a UK solicitor or notary public has digitally signed. In reality, however, not many UK solicitors or notaries public are familiar with this procedure.
Before deciding which kind of apostille to get, you must ascertain whether e-apostilles are acceptable in the country where the apostille will be used.
(The personal application waiting time for issuance of an e-apostille by the FCDO can be the same as for a normal, paper-based apostille)
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