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Attesting Irish Documents for the UAE

If you are looking to use your Irish documents in the UAE, you will need to put them through a process known as Attestation. We can take away all the hassle associated with this long-winded process for you. Whether you have an Irish degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or any other document originating from Ireland, find out what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

How does it work?

Attesting a document issued in Ireland 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.

Notarial Certification in Ireland

In some cases, your first step is to get your document certified by a notary public. To ensure your original document is kept safe, our notary will typically take a copy of your document, and will process that. They will certify it as a true copy of the original, and then start the attestation.
Initial Certification
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Apostille Legalisation in Ireland

Irish documents that need to be used in the UAE must be first legalised in Ireland. During this process they will have an Apostille certificate attached and sealed to the reverse of the document. This is a white A5 piece of paper which confirms that the seal or signature used to certify the document is genuine. In Ireland this can only be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Dublin.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Dublin
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UAE Embassy Attestation

Irish documents can generally be attested at the UAE Embassy in either Ireland or the UK. The exception to this is that documents not written in English, and all commercial documents must be attested by the UAE Embassy in Ireland. This is the final step that needs completing before heading to the UAE. An official UAE-government sticker and seal is attached next to the Apostille during this stage. This attestation sticker confirms to the UAE authorities that the document has gone through all the necessary steps in both Ireland and the UK.
UAE Embassy
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MoFA Attestation (UAE)

Once the document has reached the UAE, it requires a further attestation stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE which validates that your document has been processed correctly thus far. Some employers make arrangements to handle this for you, so you should check whether this needs completing by you or not.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UAE)

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

  • Most common Irish documents, such as education certificates, police clearance certificates and birth, marriage or death certificates, do not require this initial certification and can processed directly with the DFA in Dublin.
  • 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 London will reject any documents that have been bound behind a Notarial cover sheet.
  • 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.
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Why choose Vital Certificates?

Acceptance Guarantee
We guarantee your document will be valid in the country for which it was attested.
Document Checking
Your documents will be checked prior to submission to ensure they are accepted.
Service Updates
Regular service updates mean you always know where your documents are.
Industry Leading Staff
Our advisers undertake regular training so the advice they give is always up-to-date.
Scanning Service
Get a digital copy of your completed documents prior to receiving shipment.
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.
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