Service summary:
  • Both the original and copy of the letter of invitation can be used
  • You can email us a copy or post the original letter to our office
  • We do the rest. Get your apostille and return your documents.
  • The process takes 2-3 days and starts from £110.

We can certify and apostille all types of invitation letters.

Please note that we can not help with writing the letter or checking or confirming the accuracy of the letter. Our solicitors will only certify your exiting letter of invitation as a true copy for the apostille service.

We can ask the notary to assist if you need help drafting a sponsorship letter.

We can return the legalised documents via DHL courier (next-day service), or you can collect them in person.

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The full order process: 

If you have any questions, please call 0207 0500 692

Step one:

Ensure your UK invitation letter is complete and error-free before certification or apostilling to avoid paying fees and starting over.

Step two:

Contact our office.

Please provide the following information:

  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • How will the letter be delivered and returned?

When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a detailed quotation.

Step two:

Once your letter of invitation has been apostilled, we will email you a scanned copy.

If you are not collecting your apostilled document from our London office – we will provide you with the DHL tracking number the courier gave.

Note that we return documents by DHL courier only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.

How much does it cost? 

Getting an apostille for a letter of invitation starts from £110. (includes solicitor fees, FCDO fees, our fees & VAT).

Additional cost could be that you must apostille supporting documents like passport, proof of address etc.

Other cost examples are:

  • Same day or express service (+ £123)
  • UK return delivery costs (+ £20)
  • Notarisation by notary public (+ £90)
  • Embassy attestation (from £75)
  • Translations (from £60)

How long does it take to get an apostille?

Our standard processing time for getting an apostille is 2-3 days.

Here is what 2 to 3 days mean:

  • If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 2 days
  • If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it will take 3 days
    (+ next-day return delivery if required)

We also offer a same-day apostille service.

If a mailing or courier service is utilised, the same day becomes a 24-hour service.

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. Please make sure you contact our office first.

When should I apostille my UK invitation letter for visits, studies, or work?

You must get an apostille for your invitation letter if an organisation or agency requests it in your home country or the UK. Check if you also need to apostille supporting documents.

What organisations need a sponsorship letter apostille?

Several organisations might require an apostille for your invitation letter; these are:

Officials in your home country: Immigration, tax and other official agencies in your home country may ask for an apostille with your letter of invitation as part of their process for issuing exit visas or for other purposes related to your travel to the UK.

UK authorities, companies, and academic institutions do not usually require a UK apostille certificate for an invitation letter originating in the UK.

Can an apostille be obtained for a letter from outside the UK?

You can apply for an apostille if you are not in the UK. You can apply online via the FCDO website, or if you are unsure what you need to do, get help from an apostille agent like us to handle the entire process.

What are the different types of invitation letters that can be apostilled?

All invitation letters can be apostilled; the four most common letters are:

  • 1
    Personal sponsorship letters
  • 2
    Business invitation letter
  • 3
    University or college invitation letter
  • 4
    Hospital invitation letters
  • 5

    Invitation letter for a UK visa

The original sponsorship letter, or if you use a copy, must be certified by a solicitor, or notarised by a notary public before being submitted for an apostille.

Any other requirements for a UK invitation letter content with an apostille application?

The specific requirements of the content of the invitation letter must be checked with the receiving authority. The apostille certificate does not certify the accuracy of the letter of invitation or its content.

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