FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Attestation or Legalization of a document?
In international law, legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country's legal system will recognize it as valid.
Attestation and Legalization refer to the same concept of validating a document as authentic and are used interchangeably.
What is the general process involved in Legalizing or Attesting a document?
Authentication by legalization is done by the competent authorities in the originating country of the document and the country in which the document will be presented. For example, a UK degree certificate intended for use in UAE will go through the following steps before it can be presented to the authorities in UAE
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office Apostille
- Authentication at the UAE Embassy in UK
- Authentication by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE
The same process will vary depending on the various countries’ names of competent authorities involved.
What is an Apostille?
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille.
Do I need to submit the originals for Legalization or Attestations? What if these are Laminated?
In general, most authorities will only authenticate the original or if a copy may be authenticated then the original will be required for verification against the copy. We will advise you of the process depending on the country and document and current rules and regulations as dictated by the relevant authorities.
If the document is laminated, we will attempt to remove the lamination without damaging the document to enable the authorities to affix the stamps on the document. However, we cannot guarantee that the document will not be damaged in the process of removing the lamination.
These are my original documents. How do you ensure their safety in terms of security of the document and the security of the personal information contained in the document?
We understand your concerns. Your documents are handled exclusively by our international courier partners and to date we have never lost a document in transit. Our professional and highly vetted team take every measure to protect your privacy.