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Differences between Apostille and Attestation You Need to Know

Attestation of important documents is an essential aspect of settling down abroad. There are a number of reasons for this; the most common one being proving the authenticity of your documents. Every country has its own rules and regulations to streamline the process and verify the documentation.

Attestation and Apostille are both necessary to work or live in the UAE. You either need to get your documents attested or Apostille to get long-term visas for work or business purposes in a foreign country.

We’ve covered everything you need to know about the two processes:

What is attestation?

International travel has contributed approximately AED 30. 4 trillion to the global economy, which means that the need for attestation services has increased too.

Travel for work, pleasure, marriage, or for family are some of the most common reasons why people visit a new country. However, failure to have your documents attested before applying for visas will lead to rejection.

What is Apostille?

An Apostille is a certificate that identifies whether the official seals, stamps, and signatures on a document are issued by the relevant authority. Documents that are scrutinized include birth certificates, marriage certificates, court orders, and other public documents issued in another country.

It’s also important to know that Apostille is only accepted in countries that are part of the Hague Convention. One important aspect of this convention is the procedure of dealing with cases where children have been abducted across international borders, which is why the authentication of a birth certificate is so important when traveling.

The UAE isn’t a part of the Hague Convention and therefore the documents have to be verified by the foreign ministry of the country issuing the documents as well as the foreign ministry here in the UAE. Those from the UAE who want to travel to a country that’s a member of the Hague Convention will need an Apostille too.

The  attestation process:

Differences between Apostille and Attestation You Need to Know

  1. State attestation: State attestations must be done before the Apostille. Various state attestations are available for educational, commercial, and personal documents.
  2. Apostille: Also known as the MEA attestation, Apostille is done after the documents are verified by the state.
  3. Embassy attestation: The last stage of the process where the embassy verifies the documents submitted.

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