French Certificate Attestation
French certificates need to be attested before you can use them in the United Arab Emirates. France, as one of the members of the Hague Convention, legalizes its documents through Apostille – can be used in 119 countries worldwide. However, the United Arab Emirates is not an Apostille country. Therefore, foreign nationals who want to work, live, and study in the UAE need to have their documents attested.
You need to complete the attestation from France for French certificates' full attestation, then the UAE attestation.
What is the procedure for French Certificates Attestation for UAE use?
1.Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation in France
For Educational Certificates, French authorities will create a Certified True Copy of your certificate. It will be accepted for the attestation process and can be used abroad once it has been completed.
For Personal Certificates issued in France, only the Original Certificates are accepted during attestation. Certified True Copies of the personal certificate will not be accepted by MOFA France and the UAE Embassy in Paris. Each French personal certificate has only 3 months validity, and once invalid, it will be rejected for any attestation process. You need to request a new certificate.
2.UAE Embassy attestation in Paris
After your certificates have been attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France, the next process will be attestation from the UAE Embassy. Without the UAE Embassy stamps on your certificate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE will reject your document for attestation.
3.Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation in the UAE
After completing the attestation in France, the only attestation in UAE would be from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once this is done, you can use your certificates legally in the UAE.