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 come to our office unless you choose to do so. Depending on your choice, you can email a copy or post the original document.
When posting, we recommend using a tracked service. We return your documents in the same way.
If you don’t need to see a staff member and just want to drop off your documents – you can do so from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Please ensure you have an order number before dropping the documents off.
Can the National Insurance confirmation letter from Jobcentre Plus be legalised?
Yes, the official letter that you receive from JobCentre Plus bearing your National Insurance Number is accepted by overseas authorities as proof of National Insurance.
The original letter from the Department of Work and Pension does not contain a stamp or signature recognised by the FCDO, so both the original and a photocopy must be certified before legalisation.
How does certifying a NINo letter work?
A solicitor certifies that the original NI letter has been seen.
Notarising a copy of your National Insurance Number letter can be done in two ways:
The notary can notarise the NI letter as a “true copy.”
The notary can notarise that the NI letter is “on original.”
A ‘true copy’ confirm that the notary has seen the original – and confirming the NI letter as ‘an original’ requires the notary to take extra steps to verify the National Insurance Number.
For example, the notary could check with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) In England, Scotland, and Wales or the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland .
Countries that are not members of the Hague Convention may require notarisation.
Mock-Up of UK National Insurance Number letter with UK Apostilles
I am a foreign citizen can I still apostille my UK National Insurance letter?
Yes, anyone that has been issued a National Insurance number in the UK can have their NI letter apostilled.
All documents that have been issued in the UK can receive an apostille certificate. The NINo letter is a UK-issued document. Therefore, a certified copy of your National Insurance Number letter can be apostilled.
Can my European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or my Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) be apostilled?
Any EHIC that was issued in the UK prior to 1 January 2021 can be apostilled. An EHIC issued in another EU country cannot be apostilled by the UK Legalisation Office of the FCDO.
In the UK, after 1 January 2021, the EHIC was replaced by a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). The UK’s GHIC can be apostilled by the FCDO.
Can I get apostilles for my related documents and cards (e.g., tax return, payslip, P60, pension document, etc.)?
Yes, you can get an apostille for other UK documents, such as P60, tax returns, pension documents, UK ID cards, etc.
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