There are a number of people that wish to leave Dubai and migrate to another country, for a number of reasons; some being for education or training, to start a new job or set up a business, to simply settle down or get married. When doing so, they need to go through a visa application process, wherein they need to seek permission to enter, from the government of the country they wish to move to. The process involves what is known as attestation, and the applicant needs to have a set of documents verified, with personal certificates being mandatory, irrespective of the purpose of migration. However, if you do not plan to move abroad, you are still required to get some documents attested so they can be proved genuine and can be used for legal purposes. One such documents are the divorce certificate if you have been through one.
What is a Divorce Certificate?
In the event that your marriage does not work out, and you wish to terminate it, you and your spouse need to file for divorce, which will be granted only after following a certain set of procedures. Once it is finalized, the government will issue what is known as a divorce certificate to you and your former spouse, which declares that the marriage between you two has been legally terminated, i.e., that the both of you are no longer legally married. The divorce certificate contains important information such as the date of marriage termination, details about you, and the former spouse is very important since it is proof of the fact that the marriage does not exist.
What do You Mean by Attestation?
Generally, when you look to move to another country and stay there for a long period of time, you need to get certain documents and certificates attested by different government and government-sponsored organizations so that they can be proved genuine and can be used for legal purposes abroad. Not just that, sometimes, depending upon the situation, you might need to get your documents attested even if you remain in your home country. But what is attestation? Attestation refers to the process of verification and stamping of certain essential documents by different authorities so that they can be deemed authentic and can be used later in the future for legal or other purposes. It is very important to properly understand what is required of you at the time of attestation, what the required documents are, what the order is, who will attest which document, etc., since this process will determine whether you are granted the visa or not. Given the fact that it can be a lengthy process, it is best to have a certified attestation service do the work for you.
Why is it Important to Get the Divorce Certificate Attested?
No matter what the reason is for your move abroad, a set of documents that you need to provide is personal certificates, of which the divorce certificate is one if you have gone through one. The reason you need to get it attested is that you might need to use it during your stay in another country, and for the authorities of that country to accept it, it needs to be verified and stamped by different government authorities, both of Dubai and that country. The certificate contains personal information about you and about the status of your legally recognized relationship, which is very important for authorities to know of, and thus you need to get it attested. Another thing is, if you plan to get married again, you would need to provide proof of the fact that your previous marriage was legally terminated and that you are no longer married to anyone, whether you are in a foreign country or in Dubai itself, and for the certificate to be considered authentic, it needs to be verified. Some other reasons to get it attested are when you wish to change your name on a legal document such as your passport, want to make changes in your insurance policies, etc. Hence, whether you are moving to another country, are getting married another time either in Dubai or elsewhere, or wish to engage in a legal activity, for your divorce certificate to be considered valid, you need to get it attested.
What is the Procedure for Divorce Certificate Attestation?
The process of divorce certificate attestation can vary from country to country, but the thing which remains the same is that it is a long process since it involves a number of government and government-sponsored agencies. When doing so, you need to adhere to a certain order since authorities would not stamp your document unless previous ones have, and you need to make sure you understand which documents you need to carry with you. When it comes to your divorce certificate, you would also need to carry a copy of your passport, your passport-sized photos, etc. along with the certificate, and this is the procedure you need to follow:
- Notary Department Attestation: The first agency or authority that needs to attest to your certificate is the Notary Department. It is a government agency at the local level, and you need to go to the local Notary or Collector’s office to get the divorce certificate stamped. Once that is done, you need to go to the Home Department.
- Home Department Attestation: Once the Notary department stamps your certificate, you need to take it to the Home Department for attestation. In the event that you will continue to remain in Dubai, this would be the last step in the attestation process, but if you plan on going abroad, you need to go to the MOFA.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs Attestation: A department of the central government that deals with the external or foreign matters of the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needs to attest your certificate since you intend to move to another country.
- Embassy Attestation: The last step is to get the embassy of the country you intend to move to, to perform the attestation.
Your divorce certificate, just like your other personal documents, is very important, and so, you need to be careful when getting it attested. You need to fully understand why and when you need to get it done, who will do it, and what you need to do to as part of the process.