What is Difference between Attestation and Apostille in Dubai?

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Certificates authentication is becoming an essential of every expat overseas these days for various reasons, and thus each country has set up certain rules and regulations for avoiding discord.

If you are planning to work in Dubai, then you must know the process of document legalization and importance. The process of authentication was introduced as a measure against the fake documents.

Attestation in Dubai and Apostille are both essential to make your entry into any new country. You just need to get your documents either attested or apostille to make it genuine in obtaining long term visas and performing business in foreign nations. Legalization or authentication services depend on which country you plan to go or need for submission. If you are going to the country that is a member of The Hague convention, then you need Apostille, and if not, then all your documents need to be attested.

What is Attestation?

Legalization or Attestation, which is commonly known in Dubai, is the process of authenticating a document from one country to the required level so that the UAE government will be happy to accept that it is totally genuine. It is a way of checking that an overseas document is real.

What is Apostille?

Apostille is a validation form issued for the certificate that will use in countries that are a member of The Hague convention. It is a computer-generated form with a Unique Identification Number and pasted to the back of the document. With the help of this unique identification, number records are maintained online and allow concerned authorities to check the validity in a more convenient manner.

There are three basic types of Legalization:

    • State Attestation: State attestation is required before MEA attestation, where depending on the type of document, related state validation is required.
    • MEA Attestation or Apostille: MEA attestation or apostille is done only after attestation is done by the relevant state department.
    • Embassy Attestation: Embassy attestation is finished once the MEA attestation/apostille.

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