When you have to use a document that is not issued from United Arab Emirates in the region, then you will be asked in getting the document authenticated. Other countries call this process legalization. In the UAE, it is the attestation of documents. Authentication, attestation, or legalization is the official process the verifies the authenticity of signatures, stamps, and/or seals in documents.
Before starting the attestation process, there is a need to check with the department that will be using the document as they may have specific requirements. There are those that require the following:
- Translated documents
- Original documents that are notarized
- Multiple sets of documents
- Documents or certificates that were awarded or issued just recently
Additionally, you have to check whether you have every requirement for attestation of documents in UAE. This can be done by talking to the attestation team in HHS Lawyers. The fastest way in having documents processed for attestation is bringing or sending the said documents to our office. A family member or friend may bring the document for you and have the document processed provided that you have supplied all the requirements, including the authorization letter allowing the firm to process document attestation for you.
How long the attestation takes?
Express attestation takes seven to fourteen working days. Authentications will be given by different Ministries of Foreign Affairs and sent to embassies abroad. Express attestation is a service provided by HHS Lawyers to those who wish to have their documents processed as quickly as possible.
The attestation of different kinds of documents involves documents sent to different government departments for cortication that the documents are genuine and can be used legally in other countries. An example of this is Indians who currently live in the UAE. For their educational degrees to be accepted within the UAE, they have to undergo the process of attestation by appropriate consulates and embassies in India and UAE. The whole purpose of the attestation of the certificate is to ensure that it can be recognized in a foreign jurisdiction, such as UAE, without any reservations.
Take note that the process of document attestation for educational certificates is different compared to the process of evaluating foreign educational documents.
Express Attestation in UAE
At HHS Lawyers, we receive a lot of inquiries related to document attestation services in UAE for documents that are from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, Aruba, India, Philippines, Mexico, Russia, Pakistan, Czech Republic, and so on. Our attestation team is able to process most documents from most countries. The most common documents we process for attestation are the following:
- Educational attainment certificates or degrees
- Birth certificates
- School report cards
- Marriage certificates and
- Criminal record certificates among others
Process of Document Attestation
Document attestation process involves several important steps. The first step is getting the documents that were issued outside of UAE authenticated where they originated. The step ensures that documents were issued legally and by appropriate authorities in the country where they were issued. Only government officials are able to provide verification on the authenticity of documents.
As soon as government officials have provided their authentication on the documents, they will then be forwarded to appropriate consulates or embassies for another round of attestation. For documents that are required in UAE, they have to be attested in the UAE embassy that is in the issuing country of the documents.
There is also the notarization step. This step is attesting certificated true copies for original documents. For this, a notary public is needed in notarizing documents as being certified true copies.
The attestation process is quire long, time-consuming, and confusing at the same time. We understand this which is why we provide expatriates the assistance they need in the attestation process. For express attestation in UAE, don’t hesitate to contact us TODAY.
We have decades of experience in providing express attestation for documents issued overseas so we can professionally and promptly walk you throughout the entire attestation process.
HHS Lawyers has been handling express document attestation and document legalization for several decades. if you have certificates or legal documents that require attestation, you may want us to handle the complex processing for you. The attestation services we provide include the necessary steps in attesting and validating your documents in order to help ensure you have less things to worry about.
Is apostille the same as the process of attestation?
An apostille is only used for document authentication, so a document can be used in a different country. It is attestation to ensure certificates are legalized so it’s admissible in countries that relate to Hague Convention.
Is attestation legally binding?
Attestation is the legal acknowledgement of a document’s authenticity and the verification which provides confirmation that all proper processes were being followed. The process of attestation is best carried out by professionals.