Attesting Australian Documents for the UAE

If you need to use your Australian documents in the UAE, you will need to have them attested. This is a process to validate a document issued in one country for use in another one. Whether you have an Australian degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or in fact any other personal or company document originating from Australia, find out below what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

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Attesting Australian Documents for the UAE

If you need to use your Australian documents in the UAE, you will need to have them attested. Whilst you could do this yourself, we can take away all the hassle associated with this long-winded process for you. Whether you have an Australian degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or in fact any other personal or company document originating from Australia, find out below what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

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How does it work?

Attesting a document issued in Australia can be complex, especially as the requirements change depending on who you need to present it to, and exactly what type of document it is. Fortunately, most documents follow a similar pattern which we’ve broken down for you. There are however some situations where things are a little different, so if you want to make sure that you are fully informed, speak to one of our advisers and we’ll look at your individual circumstances free of charge.

Pre-Legalisation

Official Verification

In some cases, your first step is to get your document verified by one official body or another (e.g. My eQuals Australia). In the case of an educational certificate, the institution that issued is required to verify that the qualification is valid. In most cases we can handle the verification for you, however there are certain universities that require the document owners do the verification themselves.

Notarisation

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Certification by Australian Notary Public

Before any document can be presented to the Australian government for legalisation, it must first be certified by a practicing Australian Notary Public. In this stage, the Notary will check the legitimacy of the document(s) being presented to them. They will then attach a notarial cover sheet to certified copies of the original documents and add their official seal.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia

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Australian Government Certification

Once a document has been notarised, it is then presented to the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in Australia. Their office will check that the seal and signature of the Notary Public matches their official record and certifies it accordingly. Once certified, they will add their stamp to the certification.

UAE Embassy in Canberra

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UAE Embassy Attestation

The final step in Australia is for the document to be attested by the UAE Embassy in Barton, a district of Canberra, ACT. An official UAE-government sticker and seal is attached alongside the certification by DFAT during this stage. This attestation sticker confirms to the UAE authorities that the document has gone through all the necessary steps in Australia.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UAE)

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MoFA Attestation (UAE)

In the UAE, another attestation stamp is needed which is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in any of the UAE emirates. The addition of this stamp confirms that the Australian processes have been completed correctly. Some employers will do this for you, so we would advise that you check with them to avoid paying for anything unnecessarily. For anyone handling this themselves, you will now need a PCR test to enter a government building. We can arrange this for you. This is the final step needed to use your document in the UAE if it does not need translation (see the following section below).

Translation

Translation from English into Arabic

In certain circumstances, your document may also require translation into Arabic. Again, your employer may handle this for you so best to check. If required, the whole document and its relevant stamps are translated from English into Arabic by a recognised certified translator. Once the translation has been done, then everything has been completed to make it fully useable within the UAE.

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Attestation Notes

  • Arabic translation is usually required for use in all emirates other than Dubai, as well as if the document is to be used within one of the Dubai Free Zone authorities including (but not limited to) the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).
  • The UAE Embassy in Australia will not accept any documents where the course of study was done outside of Australia. This is applicable for schools and universities with satellite campuses. Even if it’s not mentioned on the qualification that the study took place on a satellite campus, this will still be made known through the verification process.
  • For any Power of Attorney (PoA) to be attested, these must be signed in the presence of a DFA-registered solicitor to be valid. They cannot be witnessed by anyone else.
  • The DFAT (Apostille Stamp), DFAT (Australian Embassy Consular stamp) and DFAT (Legalisation stamp) all looks very similar, but you will see the difference by looking carefully at each stamp.

How much does it cost?

Prices can vary based on the type of document you have, and the processes it will have to go through to be fully attested. We've put a general guideline below based on two of the most popular document types, but it's best to get in touch for a personalised quote.

Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

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From 2280 AED

Per Document

This service includes:

  • Official Verification
  • Certification by Australian Notary Public
  • Australian Government Certification
  • UAE Embassy Attestation

Education Certificates

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From 2280 AED

Per Document

This service includes:

  • Official Verification
  • Certification by Australian Notary Public
  • Australian Government Certification
  • UAE Embassy Attestation
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Disclaimer

MoFA Attestation and Translation of documents are not included in the above pricing, and will incur an extra fee if required. Exchange rates may also vary which can drive the price up or down at any given time. For the most accurate quotation for your circumstances, please get in touch.

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Why choose Vital Certificates?

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Acceptance Guarantee

We guarantee your document will be valid in the country for which it was attested.

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Document Checking

Your documents will be checked prior to submission to ensure they are accepted.

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Service Updates

Regular service updates mean you always know where your documents are.

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Industry Leading Staff

Our advisers undertake regular training so the advice they give is always up-to-date.

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Scanning Service

Get a digital copy of your completed documents prior to receiving shipment.

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Fully Inclusive Price

Fees always include all charges, shipping and VAT (where applicable).

 Docs from any country...

We're able to attest a range of documents for use in the UAE, no matter where you're from. You can rest assured that by using our service, your attested documents will be accepted within the UAE.