When moving to the United Arab Emirates, you must attest South African documents. This is required to verify your paperwork and make it legal for use in the UAE. Legalization is necessary – birth certificate attestation, educational documents attestation, attestation of marriage certificates, employment letters, and other documents of personal or commercial nature.

However, the attestation process may vary for each of these depending on the kind of document in question and what you require. For instance, South African degree attestation is done by the Department of Higher Education, followed by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO). It can then be attested by the relevant UAE

However, the attestation process may vary for each of these depending on the kind of document in question and what you require. For instance, South African degree attestation is done by the Department of Higher Education, followed by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO). It can then be attested by the relevant UAE authority, for instance, the UAE Consulate in South Africa. On the other hand, attesting a work permit will likely follow similar procedures but with slight variations.

What Authorities Need to Be Contacted for South African Document Legalization?

The attestation process in South Africa requires the collaboration of multiple governing bodies and authorities within South Africa and the UAE. In South Africa, the following organizations need to be contacted:

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  • Department of Education: All certificates acknowledging your academic qualifications must be verified by the DOE in South Africa. These include documents like degrees, transcripts, and school leaving certificates.
  • Notary Public: Personal certificates such as birth and marriage certificates in South Africa must be attested from the Notary Public before being sent ahead for further attestation.
  • Department of International Relations and Cooperation: Next, the DIRCO will process educational certificate attestation, marriage certificate attestation, etc.
  • UAE Embassy: The documents are then sent to the Embassy of the UAE in South Africa for attestation.

For attestation in the UAE, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the most prominent authority to be contacted. In addition, you may also need to process attestation of documents issued in South Africa from other departments and governing bodies in the UAE. A legal translation may also be required for certain or all documents in some cases.

To avoid getting the attestation process wrong, make sure you get the assistance of an attestation services provider to help you navigate the various procedures. They’ll be able to guide you about which relevant documents you need to get attested and from which regulating bodies.

This is where our authentication team comes into the picture.

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