Apostille Services in Dubai
An apostille is a special certificate attached to a legal document by local or federal authorities; it guarantees your document’s authenticity. Apostilles can be issued for birth certificates, marriage certificates, court orders, commercial certificates, and other public documents.
What makes apostilles different from other government legalization certificates is that they’re only issued and accepted by countries members of the Hague Convention.
Since the UAE isn’t part of the Hague Conventions, it doesn’t accept apostilles; foreign nationals have to get their certificates attested by the foreign ministry in the issuing country and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) the UAE.
Over seven million immigrants work in the UAE; it is known for its diversity and multiculturalism. It continues to be the go-to destination for foreign nationals looking to build a better life.
To become a resident in the UAE, expatriates must apply for a residential visa; these come in the form of educational visas, employment visas, and business visas. The UAE requires that all foreign nationals submit attested documents to prove the legitimacy of their papers, so they can obtain visas to work and live in the country.
Apostille Services in the UAE
Documents that have been attested or have apostilles attached to them are considered authentic by the UAE government. Although it is possible to obtain the apostille yourself, it’s much easier to hire a third party to do the technical work for you.
Certificates issued in countries part of the Hague Convention will have to be attested according to the UAE’s laws. Because the UAE doesn’t accept apostilles, the documents will undergo attestation, also known as legalization in some countries.
What Certificates Need To Be Attested?
All legal certificates will have to be attested, including the following:
- Educational certificates
- Personal certificates (marriage certificates, birth certificates, etc.)
- Commercial certificates (trade licenses, power of attorneys, contracts, etc.)
The Attestation Process
The process of attestation varies from country to country. In some countries, the certificate will only need to be handed to one or two bodies before being sent back to the UAE.
In other countries, the certificate will first be submitted to a Notary Public and then a few government entities before being submitted to the UAE Embassy and sent back to the UAE.
Once the documents have the necessary stamp of approval from the issuing country and the UAE Embassy, we will submit them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the UAE, which will give it the final seal of approval.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation is the last stage of the process; your documents are officially attested and can be used in the UAE after this is completed.
Benchmark Attestation Services is a trusted provider of attestation and apostille services in the UAE. Our detail-oriented approach guarantees that your certificate will not be rejected.
If you send us an electronic copy of your certificates, we’ll provide a detailed quote containing a breakdown of the costs. Once you approve, we’ll start the attestation process right away.