Consular legalisation of documents in the UK and Ireland for use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Consular legalisation is a multi-stage process that your document must go through in order to be ready and valid for submission to UAE authorities. We specialise in commercial document legalisation and will take care of your document(s) from the initial stage, (translation) all the way through to the consular legalisation.
We consular legalise all personal and commercial documents via the UAE Embassy in London and submit your documents by hand, which is one of the embassy requirements, on your behalf.
What is consular legalisation?
Consular legalisation means that your Irish or British document has been legalised / attested and thus recognised by the legalisation department of the respective UAE Embassy. You can then present your document to local UAE authorities for any purpose there may be, personal (marriage, for example) or professional (employment or opening a business, for example).
Prior to the consular legalisation with the UAE Embassy, documents must be translated, certified (or in other words apostilled) by competent Irish or British authorities (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland and Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK) and only then submitted for legalisation. Apostille stamp establishes authenticity of your document(s).
There are however a number of steps, such as legalisation by notary public or solicitor, to follow prior to the certification by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or the FCO. The process is time-consuming, but thanks to our well-established network and experience in translation and certification, we guarantee the shortest timeframes possible.
What documents must be consular legalised?
All Irish and British personal documents, such as school records for teaching purposes in the UAE, marriage certificates, birth certificates, academic certificates, personal powers of attorney, police clearance certificates must be consular legalised. Any supporting documents that must be certified and consular legalised for the purposes of family reunification, family residency visas and work visa applications, can be submitted in a bundle and we will process them together to ensure completeness of your file.
NB: Please note that all UK educational documents must be legalised by a local notary public, while Irish educational documents must be apostilled. If in doubt, please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.
Similar requirements apply to commercial, business and legal documents, such as powers of attorney, company’s bylaws, articles of association, trademark or patent authorisations, good manufacturing practice (GMP) certificates, certificates of origin, customs declarations, invoices, financial statements and reports, company meeting minutes, etc.