What is a Apostille Document or Translation in the UK?

Here is a basic overview of the different types of apostille translations in the UK:

1. Certified Translations

A certified translation is the translation of a document by a translator or Apostille company, who can then certify that the translation is accurate and faithful to the original.

This is the least formal type of legalised translation in the UK and perhaps the simplest. It is usually used for documents like birth and marriage certificates, academic qualifications, household bills, power of attorney, contracts, reports, transcripts, etc.

Certified translations are usually sufficient with non-government type organisations, i.e. schools, hospitals, businesses, etc. It can on occasion also be called an “Official Translation”.

2. Sworn Legalised Translations

A sworn translation in many countries refers to a translation carried out by a “sworn translator”, i.e. a professional translator who is held on an official register. However, in the UK no such system exists.

When translations need to be sworn in the UK, it refers instead to the translation/translator being verified by a public notary or solicitor. In the UK, certifying has no bearing on the quality of a translation; instead it serves only to identify the translator and his qualifications, so that they are accountable.

3. Notarised Legalised Translation

A notarised translation is very similar to a sworn translation in that the translator must swear before a public notary that the translation is true and faithful.

3. Apostille Legalised Translation

An apostille translation is whereby the government of a country (where a document has been issued) confirms its authenticity of signatures and allows it to be used in any country which recognises the Apostille. ]

In the UK, apostille documents are processed by the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office. One must either take all their translated and original documents to be processed, or use an agency to file their documents for stamping.

This level of legalised translation is most common for documents like legal certificates, visa applications and foreign job applications.

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