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Consular legalization of documents in the UAE

Консульская легализация документов в ОАЭ

Consular legalization of documents is the process of verifying the authenticity of official documents so that they have legal force in another country. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this is especially important for documents such as diplomas, marriage certificates, birth certificates, divorce papers and other official papers.

Why do consular legalization?

Consular legalization of documents in the UAE is necessary for several reasons:

  1. Legal recognition: Legalized documents are recognized as valid and have legal force in the UAE. This is especially important for obtaining a residence permit, work, education or marriage.
  2. Fraud protection: Legalization confirms the authenticity of the document and protects against the use of forged or altered documents.
  3. Compliance with the law: The UAE has a strict system of control over documents coming from other countries. Legalization helps to meet these requirements and avoid legal problems.
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The lack of consular legalization can lead to a variety of problems, including:

  1. Refusal to recognize a document: Without legalization, documents may be invalidated, which will lead to refusal to provide services such as marriage registration or admission to an educational institution.
  2. Legal consequences: The use of non-legalized documents can lead to legal sanctions, fines, or even deportation from the country.
  3. Delays and additional costs: The process of resolving the situation with non-legalized documents can take a long time and require additional financial costs.

Features of the legalization of Russian documents for use in the UAE

Given the procedure for legalizing Russian documents for use abroad, it should be noted that the UAE authorities often require legalized documents with the seals of the Russian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Please note that the consular department of the Russian Embassy does not stamp legalization on Russian documents.

Russian Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Instead, it is recommended to certify the translation of Russian documents into English or Arabic. A stamp confirming the correctness of the translation, affixed by the consular department of the Embassy, is the basis for subsequent legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE.

Although this procedure is not a full-fledged legalization, such documents are usually accepted by the UAE authorities.

Step-by-step procedure for legalizing documents

The process of legalizing documents includes several stages:

  1. Document translation: If the document is in a foreign language, it must be translated into Arabic. The translation must be performed by a certified translator.
  2. Notarization: The translated document must be notarized in the country where it was issued.
  3. Legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the issuing country: After notarization, the document must be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where it was issued.
  4. Consular legalization at the UAE Embassy: After legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the document must be legalized at the UAE Embassy or consulate in the country of issue.
  5. Legalization at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs: After arrival in the UAE, the document must be submitted to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs for final legalization.
Notarization of documents

Consular legalization of documents in the UAE is an important process that ensures the recognition and legal force of foreign documents in the country. Without this procedure, you can face a lot of legal and administrative problems. By following the right steps for legalization, you can avoid these difficulties and ensure the recognition of documents in the UAE.

If you have a need for consular legalization of documents or have additional questions, leave a request on our website or write to us in messengers. We will definitely advise you!

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Vladimir Sviridov
Vladimir Sviridov
General Manager RLC Consulting
With a Postgraduate Masters in Finance from The, Moscow State University, Russia. Vladimir started his professional career as an auditor of the financial sector of EY. After that, he worked for several years in senior positions in corporate banking. In 2018-2021, he managed the finances of a large agricultural holding, and is currently responsible for strategic planning, corporate partnership and financial management in the role of General Manager of RLC Consulting GROUP in the UAE.

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