Bahrain Document Legalisation: Getting documents ready for Bahrain

If you ever need to present your documents in Bahrain, you'll need to put them through the document legalisation process first.

Are you considering a career in Bahrain? Maybe you’ve already received a job offer, and now you’re looking into the technicalities of moving over. One often overlooked process that you can’t afford to ignore is document legalisation, sometimes known as attestation.

It sounds like a boring administrative process, and that’s because it is. It’s a complicated, jumbled process involving numerous stamps and verification from various different government departments and embassies.  But the Bahrain document legalisation process is something you’ll need to get done before you’re able to make the move – there’s no way around it.

In this blog, I’ll talk about the Bahrain document legalisation process and the easiest way that you can legalise your documents for Bahrain.

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What’s the Bahrain document legalisation process?

It’s hard to write a one-size-fits-all process for Bahrain document legalisation. The process differs depending on the documents you’re getting legalised. There are a few different ‘types’ of documents.

  • Personal documents: birth, marriage, death and adoption certificates
  • Education documents: degrees, diplomas, qualifications
  • Business documents: receipts, bank statements, contracts

Each document type has a different document process. I’ll give you an example. Say you’ve just been offered a job working in construction in Manama. You’ve got the job based on your degree in Construction Management. Your employer, before you start working, will want to see a legalised copy of your degree so they can be sure you’re legitimate. Nothing personal – there’re a lot of conmen out there!

First, you’d need to have your degree certified. That involves finding a solicitor who’s registered by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and getting them to make a certified copy. They’d need to see your certificate in person to make a copy, so you’ll need to arrange an in-person meeting.

Once you’ve got a certified copy, you’ll need to send it off to the FCDO for something called an Apostille stamp. You could be waiting a while for them to process your document, depending on how busy they are. On average it takes about 2 weeks, but we can get them done a lot quicker than that, if you need us to.

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Although Bahrain is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, the majority of employers over there still want to see an embassy stamp, so you’ll likely need to submit your degree to the Bahraini Embassy in London for a consular stamp. Once that’s applied you’re all done and you can send your documents to your employer in Bahrain.

It’s a bit long-winded, isn’t it? It’s a lot more work than you’d probably thought it was going to be, and keep in mind that you’ve got to do it at the same as you’re trying to sort out your visa, organise your living situation and tie up all your loose ends back home before you make the move.

The easiest way to do legalise documents for Bahrain?

There’s a really simple way to get through the Bahrain document legalisation process. A way that lets you avoid all the trouble, all the complication, all the annoying legwork.

All you need to do is get in touch with us – we can take care of everything for you. Just send us your documents and we’ll do the rest. We’ll get them, legalise them, and send them back to you (or straight to Bahrain, if that’s easier).

Our 100% Acceptance Guarantee means that you don’t need to worry about anything, so you can spend your time getting the other stuff sorted. It’s just one less thing you need to worry about. If you want to make the process of moving to Bahrain as smooth as possible, get in touch with Vital Consular now.

Declan Ramsden
Declan Ramsden

Declan is a Content Creator at Vital Consular. He studied English Literature for 4 years before joining the company. Outside of work, he enjoys listening to retro music and reading classic novels – particularly Charles Dickens!

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