Do you need your documents legalized for the UAE? If you plan to work, handle personal affairs (Power of Attorney), or conduct business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), you will be required to have your documents legalized by the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Legalizing your documents for the UAE is a multi-step process involving the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. If your documents require notarization (Example: Power of Attorney, Company Documents, Affidavit, Travel Consent, Diplomas, Transcripts, etc…), you will need to meet with a local notary near you before your documents can be certified by the Secretary of State.
Document issued by the County or State do not require notarization. These documents include: Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Decree (Superior Court), etc..
As of this article, most corporate documents cost $600 to legalize and personal documents (Example: Power of Attorney, Diploma, Marital Status, Birth Certificates, Certificate of Good Conduct, etc…) costs $45. The UAE Embassy will make the final determination on the cost of your documents. In some situations, personal documents can be viewed as conducting business and will be assessed the $600 fee.
Legalizing educational documents for the UAE has strict requirements. The educational institution must be located in the US and regionally accredited by NEASC (CIHE), MSA (CHE), NCA (HLC), SACS (COC), NWCCU, or WASC (ACCJC-ACSCU). To show proof of regional accreditation, please visit the CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs (link is external) and print your institution’s accreditation information.
The typically processing time with the UAE Embassy in currently 4 to 5 business days. This is in additional to the time it will take to certify your documents from the State and the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. We typically estimate three weeks to complete your documents. You do not need to be in the United States for us to certify and legalize your documents. You can mail-in your documents to our office for processing. We also provide international shipping to the UAE.
We have included a simple illustration to your right to help explain the process. Please contact us before mailing-in your document for verification. If your document requires notarization, please work with a experienced notary who will follow their State’s laws in order to avoid any delays or additional costs.
Attesting documents on your own can take months. This 3-4 step process involves certifying your documents with the State, U.S. Department of State, and the UAE Embassy. We can handle the entire process or a portion of the legalization. For example, if you have already certified your documents with the State, you can mail-in your documents to our Washington DC Apostille office for the certification with the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy. Some of our clients have asked us to handle the Department of State only. We are more than happy to assist you in any way we can.
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