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Attesting New Zealand Documents for the UAE

If you need to use your New Zealand 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 a New Zealand degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or in fact any other personal or company document originating from New Zealand, find out below what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

How does it work?

Attesting a document issued in New Zealand 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. It’s harder still if you are no longer in the country. 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.

Official Verification

In some cases, your first step is to get your document verified by one official body or another. In the case of an educational certificate, you will need to verify your qualification with the E-Quals system online and have the verification emailed directly to the Notary Public certifying your document. If the university is not in the E-Quals system, the original degree will be needed for the attestation process and a verification letter may be required on a case-by-case basis.

Certification by a New Zealand Notary Public

Before any document can be presented to the New Zealand government for legalisation, it must first be certified by a practicing Notary Public in New Zealand. 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.
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New Zealand Government Certification

Before documents can be presented to the UAE Embassy in London, they need to have an Apostille certificate attached and sealed. This is a white A5 piece of paper that confirms the legitimacy of the seal or signature used to certify the document being processed. In the UK this can only be applied by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in New Zealand
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UAE Embassy Attestation

The final step in New Zealand is for the document to be attested by the UAE Embassy in Wellington. 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 New Zealand.
UAE Embassy in Wellington
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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 in New Zealand. 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

  • 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).
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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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