Apostilles are a special type of validation that is used to confirm the validity of a public document, like a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or academic transcript, allowing it to be accepted in another country. The Hague Convention, an international agreement that streamlined the legalization process for documents used across borders, is where the Apostille procedure first emerged. Apostille Attestation Services in UAE help you legalize your documents in the Hague Convention accepted countries.


Apostille Attestation in UAE

Apostille attestation in UAE is the process of validating official documents for international use, simplifying cross-border transactions & Visas Process. This process ensures documents like certificates, contracts, and academic records are legally recognized and accepted in countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention, streamlining legal procedures and enhancing global mobility.

100+ countries are part of the Hague Apostille Convention, however, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not a part of it. Due to its non-membership in the Hague Conventions, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) does not accept apostilles as proof of a document's legitimacy.

To get attested in UAE, both the applicant's home country and the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) must provide proof of the legitimacy of a certificate before the UAE can accept it. Read more about attestation services in UAE,

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Apostille Attestation Services in UAE also expedites visa applications, prevents document forgery, and enhances the credibility of submitted materials during the immigration process.

Expats must apply for a residential visa to settle down in the UAE. Numerous avenues, such as employment, educational, and business visas, are available for obtaining these visas. The UAE requires all foreign nationals to submit certified documents as evidence of the legitimacy of their credentials. This is required to obtain visas for living and working in the UAE.


Apostille in UAE

Documents containing an apostille or an attestation are accepted as genuine by the UAE government. While getting an apostille on your own is possible, using a third party can simplify the complicated legal requirements. As we know that the UAE is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, so the term "attestation" is used instead of "apostille."

The process of attestation in the UAE is equivalent to the apostille process in countries that are part of the Hague Convention. But, according to UAE rules, attestation is required for certificates coming from countries that have ratified the Hague Convention. These documents will go through the attestation procedure, which is also known as legalization in other jurisdictions because the UAE does not recognize apostilles.


Certificates Requiring Apostille Attestation

A variety of legal certificates, including the following, need to be attested:

  • Educational certificates
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Special power of attorney
  • Commercial certificates
  • Contracts
  • Employment certificate
  • Transcripts
  • Trade permits


Attestation Process and Procedure

The process of certifying official documents for their universal acceptance is known as apostille attestation. However, a different strategy is needed for authenticating public documents for use inside the UAE. Authentication and legalization of the certificates are required in UAE.

This requires checking the document with the authorized organization in the country of issue, getting official approval from the embassy or consulate of the country of destination, and finally getting an attestation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that country. Countries that do not adhere to the Hague Convention and do not accept Apostille validations must use this approach.

Different nations have various attestation procedures. Before returning to the UAE, the certificate may need to be processed through one or more organizations in some countries. In other countries, the certificate will first be examined by a Notary Public and then passed through multiple government agencies before being delivered to the UAE Embassy. It will then be returned to the UAE from there.

We will provide the documents to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) once they have received the crucial endorsements from the country that issued them and the UAE Embassy. Getting MOFA's official permission is required for this last stage, which completes attestation.

The final stage of the procedure is represented by the attestation performed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Your documents are now officially authenticated and are usable inside the UAE after this stage.

The additional steps in the authentication process are determined by the level of authentication required for certificate legalization. Choosing the traditional offline process could take anywhere between 25 and 45 days.

The procedure might be completed in as little as 8 to 20 working days, though, if you work with one of Dubai's legalization companies like BMS Corporate. Additionally, the timeline is affected by the HRD's (Higher Education Department) involvement, which varies across states and universities and could add a few weeks or even a month to the procedure.


Authentication and Associated Costs

There are various levels of authentication involved in the certificate legalization process. The cost of an apostille depends on the level of authentication that is needed, whether it is just from the MEA or includes all other tiers. However, depending on the complexity and importance of the document, the overall legalization costs, which amount to several thousand units, may vary. The cost of certification is heavily influenced by the importance of obtaining legitimacy.


PRO & Document Attestation Services in UAE

In Dubai, our experts are approved by the embassy to offer apostille and attestation services in UAE. BMS Corporate's team of experts is trained in the complex stages involved in authenticating various documents and knows to expedite the process. We have years of expertise assisting people who are moving to or visiting the UAE, and we've established an excellent track record in the field. Our experts will handle your sensitive and private documents with the utmost care, and after the Apostille Attestation is complete, they will be safely returned.

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