Working, opening a business or joining your spouse or family in Dubai entails a lot of processes and documents. If you will be relocating to the UAE to work, for instance, your potential employer would require you to submit certain credentials and other documents as proof that you completed a degree course, have the necessary license to practice your profession and have essential relevant experiences. Submitting the original documents is now not enough though; you need to give your potential employer attested copies of these credentials and qualifications. The Process Of Document Attestation Most companies and organisations in the UAE will require documents that have been issued in other countries to be attested before they can be used or recognised within the country. This is a two-step process which needs the addition of an Apostille Stamp by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), and then a succeeding consular attestation by the UAE Embassy in your country of origin. In order for the UAE Embassy to attest any document, it needs to be stamped first by your local government. This means that the educational qualification will need to have been through the local FCO. An Apostille Stamp, which is a paper certificate, is attached to the document with the FCO seal and is stamped through both the Apostille and the document. Different types of documents have different legalisation requirements. There are cases wherein the FCO will not verify the authenticity of a document directly. Before the certificate or document can be Apostilled, it first has to be countersigned by a recognised and licensed notary public or solicitor. Benefits Of Document Attestation Document attestation in Dubai has become a must today since many claim that it is a reliable tactic in securing their future where disputes may arise. Below are some of the notable benefits this service provides: • For individuals, with valid documents backing your claims, you not only get to simplify processes by no longer having to provide explanations regarding your qualifications, but you also demonstrate confidence and trustworthiness. By having authentic or attested documents, unhealthy suspicions can be managed more effectively. • For businesses, document attestation ensures transparency and security of contracts. The process of legally validating the contract provides businesses, clients and partners the assurance that the transaction is safe. • Document attestation is proof that a document was actually drawn up and prepared long before any form of question or dispute about claims arose. For instance, with a will and testament, the registered or attested version can be expected to disregard all other documents presented which did not undergo the same process. In such cases, the attested will and testament will be the one honoured by law. • Finally, document attestation prevents forgeries and fraud since the document will be placed in a public domain. It will always work to your advantage to put a halt to the illegal intentions of some by presenting conditions that can expose them further. About the Author: Kimberly Parks is a paralegal and content writer. She recommends visiting www.saharadubai.net to read more about the process of document attestation.