How to "certify" a document for the uk
Thread poster: GP Translations

GP Translations  Identity Verified
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Sep 7, 2015

Hi,

I have the DipTrans and am a member of the CIOL, and I was wondering how I should certify translations for UK agencies. It's for UK Visas and immigration. It would be bank statements and payslips. Should I put something on each page? A statement? My signature? The CIOL logo. Should I invest in a "certified" stamp that I've seen "certified translation agencies" provide?
Any advice would be much appreciated.


 

philgoddard
United States
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It means... Sep 7, 2015

... a separate, signed and dated sheet on your letterheading, saying: "I certify that the attached is a true translation to the best of my knowledge." Also, I suggest putting your qualifications after your name to prove your credentials.

I usually certify translations for free as a goodwill gesture.

You'll very occasionally get asked to sign an affidavit before a solicitor, or get a translation notarised. But that's not the case here.

[Edited at 2015-09-07 15:18 GMT]

[Edited at 2015-09-07 15:19 GMT]


 

Angela Rimmer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Phil's right Sep 8, 2015

My certificate says:

CERTIFICATE OF TRANSLATION

I certify that the translation of the following document from (SOURCE LANGUAGE) to (TARGET LANGUAGE) is a true and accurate translation of the original document.

Reference number:
(BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION)
Date of translation:

Certified by: (SIGNATURE and STAMP)


...followed by my credentials and contact information, should the official/inspecting body wish to get in touch about the translation.

My stamp is really simple, it just says 'CERTIFIED BY:' and then my company details.

I also make sure I have a clear and traceable record of the process the document went through from original to translation to reviewed translation to certified translation.

I do not offer this service for free, as the certificates are always provided in paper form on certificate paper, in a presentation folder with the source and translation documents following it. If it's not being hand delivered I then send it to the client via registered post. The fee I charge is not extortionate; it's basically just to cover the printing and postage costs.

[Edited at 2015-09-08 06:51 GMT]


 

GP Translations  Identity Verified
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Do you have an actual stamp? Sep 9, 2015

Hi Angela!

Just wondering if you got a stamp made for this purpose and if so, where from.

Kind regards,

Geraldine


 

philgoddard
United States
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. Sep 9, 2015

I don't think there's any point in getting a stamp. Your signature shows that this is an original document that only you could have issued.

 

acetran  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Jan 12, 2016

Thanks to all of you for the information!

 


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