Relocating To The UAE: Document Legalisation And Expat Advice

The UAE is one of the most popular destination for expats looking for new opportunities and experiences. If you’ve decided to make the move, or are just exploring the possibilities, being prepared is key.

One of the things most people struggle with is the UAE legalisation of their documents. With so many new terms and procedures involved in getting your documents ready, things can get confusing quickly. That’s where Vital Consular comes in; we’re here to give you all of the guidance you need in simple terms. We even provide downloadable help guides for you to take with you and, since we also have a team of expats in our Dubai office who have made the move themselves, we’ve got plenty of real-world advice for those making the move too.

To find the information you need, check our the article sections below. If you still have questions or need advice from one of our specialists, get in touch via the live chat function or one of the methods on our contact us page.

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  • In this case, attestation simply means making documents which were attested outside of the UAE, legally recognised for use within the UAE. This is achieved by having a series of official government stamps applied to your documents by both the UK and UAE authorities. This can be required for a variety of reasons including work permits, residency visas, legal processes or anything else where the document must be verified as genuine.

  • There are many terms used for the process of making a document issued in one country legally recognised in another. The process you require can involve different steps, but the the concept itself can often seem confusing because of the terminology. Different countries tend to refer to the legalisation process differently, so it’s important to speak to a specialist who can understand your personal requirements and advice you accordingly to ensure you don’t encounter any problems with your documentation.
  • Your documents will need to processed in their country of issue. Therefore if you’re in the UK and you have UK-issued documents, you will need to have them processed here before they can be presented within the UAE. This applies wherever you are in the world, but we can help you wherever you’re based! We have a unique global network which means we can handle documents from practically any country and ship them wherever you need them to be. Just get in touch for more information.
  • Don’t worry, we can help. You can ship us your documents and we can handle them for you, wherever they were issued and going to. With our unique global network, we’re able to process even the most complex requests.

  • Unfortunately, no. We can advise on the legalisation process itself, but when it comes to knowing which documents you will need to present in the UAE, you will need to get in touch with your contact in the UAE. This is because different jobs, visa types and other situations can all require a different set of documents and it entirely depends on your personal circumstances.

  • In the majority of cases, we require your original documents. If this is not the case, we will advise you as such. You will need to post your original documents to our offices in order for our solicitor to take a certified copy which will receive the legalisation stamps. All of the information you need to get your documents to us, as well as a reference number, will be provided when we issue you a quotation.