Document attestation is an integral part of living and working in the UAE. If you plan on doing business here, obtaining a visa, opening a bank account, or any other formal transaction, the chances are you will require document attestation services sooner or later.
The process of attestation, also commonly known as certification, authentication, or legalisation, is the process of making overseas documents valid for use in the UAE.
This could be any one of a range of official documents from birth, marriage, or death certificates to commercial documents like contracts, statements of work or invoices. Today, however, we are going to focus on education certificates such as degrees and diplomas.
Depending on the business you intend to start or your job role, you may require an attested education certificate to apply for your trade licence or take a UAE relevant qualification. Failure to authenticate official documents can lead to delays and issues with any applications you may need to while out here.
Business Incorporation Zone (BIZ) provides a documentation service to make the whole process easy. Keep reading for a more in-depth explanation of the process and the costs involved.
How can I attest education certificate in Dubai?
Document attestation is carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), otherwise known as The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).
However, it is unusual for individuals to work directly with the Ministry. Instead, you should use the services of a document attestation agent such as BIZ. We work closely with MOFAIC to ensure your documents are in order and return them to you ready for legitimate use in the UAE.
As well as education certificates such as degrees and diplomas, we can also assist with the attestation of:
- Birth certificates
- Marriage certificates
- Divorce paperwork
- Medical Reports
- Employment Contracts
- Passport Copies
- Contracts and Trade Agreements
- Commercial Licenses
- Commercial contracts and agreements
- Company Memorandum of Association
- Registration of a New Product
- Registration of a Trademark
- Most other formal government documentation from your country of origin
Before your document can be authenticated by MOFAIC, you may first need to have it attested in your home country to prove its validity.
If the document to be attested was issued outside the UAE, for example, it must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where it was issued, as well as by the UAE mission to that country.
Education certificate attestation in the UAE – the process
When you work with a local expert, the procedure of attestation of certificates in the UAE can be very straightforward.
Whatever the document that requires attesting, the process usually follows the same five steps. These are:
Fill out the required fields, attach a copy of the document to be attested, select the area in the document that requires attestation and submit.
- Review of application
Your application will be reviewed first by BIZ, then by the Ministry. Once attested by the relevant authorities, you will receive an approval notification along with details on how to pay.
- Payment of Fees
After obtaining the approval, pay any relevant fees.
- Receipt of documents
After completing the payment process, you will receive your newly attested documents ready for use in the UAE.
The timeline for education document attestation depends mainly on your country of origin. Below are some common examples:
- Canada: 18 days
- Egypt: 18 days
- India: 15 days
- United Kingdom: 13 Days
- United States of America: 5 days
Is certificate attestation mandatory for UAE jobs?
It is not mandatory. However, for jobs that require a certain level of education or a specific qualification, you will be required to provide attested education certificates.
Is degree certificate attestation required for a UAE visa?
If you require specific qualifications to fulfil your employment or run your UAE business, then yes, you are likely to need education certification attestation as part of the application process.
What is the cost of certificate attestation in Dubai, UAE?
There is no one set price for degree certificate attestation in the UAE. The total costs involved will depend on the certificate in question, your country of origin and how quickly you require your attested documents.
The best way to establish the fees involved is to request a quote from BIZ. Give us a few details about your requirements, and we’ll let you know the total cost.
Benefits of working with BIZ document attestation services in Dubai, UAE
When you work with BIZ, not only do you save time, you also gain expertise. You can relax, safe in the knowledge that your documents will be in order before they are sent to the Ministry for attestation.
As well as education certificate attestation, we can also assist with the authentication of almost all official documents that may be required when living and working in the UAE.
And that’s not all. BIZ is also a one-stop-shop for all things relating to company setup.
We are a team of company registration professionals who are passionate about bringing the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs to life.
As well as handling your license application, BIZ can also assist with the opening of corporate bank accounts and advise on the most appropriate financial institution to suit your specific needs.
We also offer visa and immigration services and can handle all government formalities, permissions, work permits and visa applications that are required to trade in the UAE.
In short, our experts can establish your company on your behalf, make your license and visa applications, and take care of document attestation – leaving you free to get on with running your business.
Visit our website to find out more about BIZ — businessincorporationzone.ae.
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