How to Process UAE Attestation Certificates in the Philippines
Procedure and Requirements for UAE Attestation Certificates
This article goes over the procedures and requirements for processing UAE attestation and authentication of certificates in the Philippines. This is for those who are asking questions and information about UAE authentication and stamps from my “How to get DFA Red Ribbon" page.
OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) are usually the ones who need these documents. Learn why we need attestation, what it's for, what the requirements are, and how to process them.
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What is a Certificate of Attestation?
This certificate confirms the authenticity of a person's document, like their diploma, TOR (Transcript or Records), birth certificate, certificate of nationality, marriage certificate, professional licenses, technical training diploma and the like. Such confirmation is often required by foreign countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada and more. These papers are related to DFA Red Ribbon certificates as they are the same thing as UAE attestations and stamps. People just use different names.
Steps in Processing UAE Attestation
The usual process includes verification from the government authorities here in the Philippines followed by authentication of the documents in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and then submission to the UAE Embassy or Consulate office for attestation and stamping.
These documents are required to be verified by the authorizing parties issuing them:
- DepEd – for elementary and primary school certificates
- CHED – for secondary and college certificates like diploma and TOR
- TESDA – for technical training certificates
- PRC – for professional licenses
- NSO – for authenticated documents like birth certificate, marriage certificate, CENOMAR and the like
- NBI – NBI clearance
Requirements: Original and certified true copies of the documents are required. You will also pay some fees for the issuance of copies for each document (ie: P125 for NSO BC, P150 for NBI clearance, etc.)
After that, these documents are forwarded to the DFA to be authenticated. The DFA will give you back the documents from Step 1 with certificates attached indicating their authenticity and attesting to their genuineness.
Requirements: The original and certified true copies of documents you have submitted for Step 1 and any verification paper attached by those authorities. You will pay fees for getting copies of each document (P100 per authentication in the DFA).
UAE Embassy Attestation. All documents are stamped at the UAE Embassy.
Requirements: All your previously gathered documents and certificates. You may have to pay some fees P1700 and above.
Steps 2 and 3 can be done at any DHL branch nationwide. You will pay additional fees for the freight and delivery charges. You will also be required to prepare a Manager’s Check for the UAE attestation payment (P1700) and other fees for the DFA Red Ribbon which costs a few hundred pesos per document. Take note, these prices may change.
The processing time for DFA authentication is 2 weeks or less. It just depends upon the holidays here in the Philippines or the pile of applications. You know how it is here.
There are UAE and Dubai attestation services offered by local agencies in the country. However, they charge higher prices for processing your papers. We can do it ourselves anyway and save more money.
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