Ten Things To Know About Legalising Your Documents For Qatar
Our ten year anniversary is coming up, and as part of the celebrations we’ve decided to create a brand new blog series focused on giving you great information in lists of ten! Continuing our countdown, here’s a list of ten things you really need to know about legalising your documents for Qatar.
The Qatar Embassy deals with both personal and commercial documents, but commercial documents must be submitted through the Arab Chamber of Commerce. We can offer this service, just get in touch for a quotation.
They require 3 supporting documents for diploma level qualifications or above, this is the certificate, a transcript of results and a university letter. There are specific points that the university letter must cover to be accepted. We offer a help sheet explaining the criteria the letter must meet, which was detailed in our last post. Click here to see it.
Before certain dates, some universities do not hold records of transcripts or results. Qualifications can be accepted without a transcript if this is not available, but the letter must state why.
We have found the majority of universities very helpful and timely in issuing the letters, and most will produce them free of charge. However, please keep in mind that we cannot ask for a cover letter and transcript on your behalf.
Even if your university or awarding body is UK-based, if the qualification was studied even partially abroad it will not be accepted at the Qatar Embassy. Qatar also do not accept online or distance learning qualifications including Open University degrees.
The Qatar Embassy in London will legalise documents from the UK and it’s overseas territories, but also handles the legalisation for Ireland, Norway and Iceland.
The Qatar Embassy has only 2 drop off days and 2 collection days per week (Mondays and Thursdays), which is why our fastest turnaround time available is 1 week. This varies by Embassy, for instance documents for the UAE can be turned around in 2-3 working days.
Not all certificates must be certified by a solicitor first. Government issued documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates as well as other documents such as an ACRO police certificate, can go straight to the FCO. Non-ACRO Police Certificates do require solicitor certification however.
Qualifications are certified and the stamps are applied to the copies unless otherwise requested. This keeps your original certificates clean.
Once you reach Qatar, the documents must be presented fully legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Doha for final verification.
We hope you found that information useful as you try to navigate your way around legalising a document for Qatar. If there’s anything more you need help with, feel free to get in touch. Click here to be taken to our website, and fill in the form. One of our advisors will get back to you as soon as possible.