Attestation | Apostille | Authentication
It is very likely that your move to Qatar will involve presenting authenticated documents to meet with the requirements of various government ministries. Regardless of your country of origin, there will be formalities involving notarized versions of your identification documents, for example for the Qatar Police Clearance Certificate. We provide attestation services to help you produce attested versions of all your documents, whether you need to them to back up a visa application or renewal, or have to provide medical records to purchase insurance or show translated educational transcripts to join a training course.
Also part of our attestation services, we can help you to arrange the granting of apostille for personal documents like birth or marriage certificates, degree certificates, powers of attorney, covering legal or commercial paperwork of any description. Accredited translations of documents from English (or other languages) to Arabic, or vice versa, are available to support your applications to open a bank account, secure or renew a driver’s license, or sign a residential lease.
What is Attestation?
Attestation means the act of bearing witness to the authenticity of a document. With an accredited apostille, the custodian of records must be able to certify that the copy of an original document is indeed a true copy to ensure that the document from the country of origin will be accepted in the target country.
What does authentication of a document consist of?
Authentication involves a making a document official with a signature and a seal that states that it is genuine. The witness declares that the instrument, according to the legal requirements, has been duly executed in his or her presence. Locally, this means that the overseas document is real.
What is attestation of a document?
This is an official verification that the document is true or authentic. For instance, if you are moving to Qatar from abroad, you will need to attest that your degree certificate, your salary records, or even your birth certificate and your marriage certificate or any other official paperwork is genuine.
What are the different types of attestation?
The first step is Notary Attestation in certificate attestation. For the verification of documents, the HRD Attestation is a stamp provided by HRD ministry. Then, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides attestation for foreign relations. Embassy Attestation from the country of origin is the last step.
How long does it take to attest a document?
It can take anywhere between two weeks to a month, depending on the type of documents you will need. The turnaround time will also depend on the different kinds of requirements needed for every attestation, and how fast you can provide them so that the necessary bodies of authority can process them the soonest.
How much does it cost to attest a document?
The fees vary for every document. Because the official apostille of a document is a crucial requirement in having your documents accepted without a hitch by the necessary government authorities, each type of document attestation will have varying costs depending on your official purpose in Qatar.
Is it possible to have documents both translated and authenticated in one place?
Yes, our service includes both translation and accreditation of documents. We can also provide services for your Qatar Police Clearance Certificate, which is a prerequisite in many official applications that will officially declare the good conduct of an individual applicant via a thorough background check.
What are the documents that I need to submit for attestation?
After acquiring the final attestation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you will need to submit your Original Certificate and your Passport Copy among others, as well as a bona fide letter, for instance, for degree certificate attestation and a Final Year consolidated mark list.
Which Embassies are covered by the Attestation services in Qatar?
The Embassy of The People’s Republic of China, The Embassy of the Philippines, The Embassy of the United States, The Embassy of Netherlands, The Embassy of Canada, The Embassy of Nepal, The Embassy of Indonesia, The Embassy of Algeria, The Embassy of the Argentine Republic, The Embassy of Australia, The Embassy of Austria, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, The Embassy of Belgium, The Embassy of Bulgaria, The Embassy of Brazil, The Embassy of Canada, The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, The Embassy of Costa Rica, The Consular Office of the Embassy of Cuba, The Embassy of Cyprus, The Embassy of the Dominican Republic, The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, The Embassy of Finland, The Embassy of France, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, The Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, The Embassy of Georgia, The Embassy of India, The Embassy of Italy, The Embassy of Japan, The Embassy of Jordan, The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Embassy of Kenya, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, The Embassy of Kuwait, The Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon, The Embassy of Macedonia (North), The Embassy of Malaysia, High Commission of Mauritius, The Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, The Embassy of Nigeria, The Embassy of Panama, The Embassy of Pakistan, The Embassy of Paraguay, The Embassy of Peru, The Embassy of Panama, The Embassy of Russia, The Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, The Embassy of Senegal, The Embassy of Singapore, The Embassy of South Africa, The Embassy of the Republic of South Korea, The Embassy of Spain, The Embassy of Sri Lanka, The Embassy of Sudan, The Embassy of Sweden, The Embassy of Switzerland, The Embassy of Tajikistan, Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, The Embassy of Thailand, Embassy of Tunisia, The Embassy of Turkey, The Embassy of the United Kingdom, The Embassy of Uruguay, The Embassy of Venezuela, The Embassy of Vietnam, The Embassy of Poland in Doha, The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in Doha, The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Doha, The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iraq in Doha, The Embassy of Libya in Doha, The Embassy of Mauritania in Doha, The Embassy of the State of Palestine in Doha, The Embassy of the Somali Republic in Doha, The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Yemen in Doha, The Embassy of Central African Republic in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Chad in Doha, The Embassy of the State of Eritrea in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Doha, The Embassy of the State of Qatar in Juba, The Embassy of the Republic of Argentina in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador in Doha, The Embassy of Bosnia And Herzegovina in Doha, The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Doha, The Embassy of The French Republic in Doha, The Embassy of Hungary in Doha, The Embassy of The Republic of Portugal in Doha, The Embassy of Romania in Doha, The Embassy of The Republic of Ukraine in Doha, The Embassy of The Hellenic Republic in Doha, The Embassy of The Republic of Albania in Doha, The Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Doha, The Embassy of The Republic of Azerbaijan in Doha, The Embassy of The Brunei Darussalam in Doha, The Embassy of The Islamic Republic of Iran in Doha
Which Countries are covered by the Attestation Services in Qatar?
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Hong Kong / Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar/Burma, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pacific Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Netherlands, Timor Leste, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
When you, or your employees, are required to supply authenticated certificates very often they must be validated by apostille, an internationally recognized method of verifying that a document from another country will be accepted in Qatar. Among the most important of these would be personal identification papers such as a birth certificate, necessary as a first step for many other documentation processes. Marriage or death certificates would be considered in the same category.
Other kinds of certification that is frequently called for relates to educational qualifications, for example degree certificates or diplomas. If you are currently enrolled in an educational institution you might have to provide a bonafide certificate attesting to this situation. In Qatar the Police Clearance Certificate, including a Fingerprints Certificate, is needed for all prospective employees. In terms of other work-related documentation, a Salary Certificate could also be needed at some point. We offer a streamlined attestation services for obtaining and validating all of the above certificates.
We can turn the inevitable need for interaction with government ministries into a straightforward operation because of our long experience in this area, our valuable contacts, and the fact that we are authorized to deal with Ministry documents and departments.
Whenever a document has to be authenticated, for example your identification documents such as a passport, identity card or driving license, our attestation services does all the work of making sure they are verified correctly so that they are accepted by the local authorities. This is also true of police documents, where ensuring that all the correct documentation has been assembled, and the application form is completed correctly, is part of the process of guaranteeing that your application will go smoothly, without any unnecessary delays. We also offer a comprehensive translation service, accompanied by authentication of your translated documents, often crucial as the starting point for the progression of a new project.
When it comes to providing evidence of educational credentials, it is vital that the certificates are authenticated properly. Whether it is a matter of proving you (or your employees) have a diploma, a degree, a M.B.A. or Ph.D, we can help with the very important role of authentication of these certificates. If any of these qualifications have been achieved abroad, it may be necessary to validate them by apostille, designed to make it possible for a certificate obtained in one country to be recognized in Qatar. This can be arranged, as can validation of a bonafide certificate of letter issued by an educational institution to confirm that an individual is enrolled in one of their courses.
Because of our long association with government ministries in Qatar such as the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, we can not only advise you on what certificates might be needed for your purposes, but also liaise with Ministry officials to save you all the time and inconvenience of having to attempt this yourself.
You will probably find that moving to Qatar, setting up a company or proceeding to conduct your business at some stage involves providing authenticated documents for yourself, your family or your employees. Apart from the need to present various documents for visa or residency requirements, this could include medical certificates of various types: medical reports or records, if you need to confirm a clean bill of health, or perhaps are seeking medical insurance or need to apply for a reimbursement.
Armed with over 10 years experience dealing with government paperwork and institutions, we are well-placed to help with authentication of these documents at the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). This would include applications or legalities that require validation of birth or death certifications; whatever your circumstances are, we can comply with the need for attestation or apostille to make certificates fully acceptable to the authorities, or to any organization that has requested them.
Setting up a new business or moving a new branch of a foreign company to Qatar requires a certain amount of documentation, which we can help with through our association with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). Liaising with this ministry on a regular basis, we are completely informed and up to date on what constitutes the protocol for new companies, and whether it’s a matter of a certificate of incorporation or a memorandum of association, we will produce authenticated versions of both.
This applies equally to authorization letters, and to all the other certification that will eventually become part of running your business. Included in this category are certificates of origin, if you are involved in import/export, or analysis reports of products, as well as packaging lists, and of course invoices. Any or all of these documents not only have to be accurate, but also properly validated to be acceptable to the relevant authorities.
We communicate regularly with officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on behalf of clients who need to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate, for themselves or their employees, and this also involves a Fingerprints Certificate. As is the case with any police documents, it is essential that your application is made correctly, and that any authentication process is guaranteed to be legitimate.
We can also help with authentication of your identification documents such as identity cards, passports or driving licenses. Another attestation services we provide is advice in obtaining a Qatar Identification Card which is issued to expats who secure a residence permit. You will need one of these to go through various bureaucratic processes like opening a bank account or applying for a driving license. If you were trying to put together a package of all these documents and verifications yourself you would need a lot of time, but we can coordinate the whole process to make it much more convenient for you.
When you and/or your family move to Qatar, you may have to provide documents that were issued in your own country in order to register for a training course or rent an apartment. In the latter case you may be required to confirm your family status with a marriage affidavit certificate. We can help with authentication of any type of document, with prior translation if necessary.
If you or your business partners have to draw up a contract or agreement (another facility we can advise on) and they need to be verified, this is another area we can help with. We can also arrange for a power of attorney (POA) to be drawn up and attested as part of this process.
Legal documents are largely the preserve of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), a Qatari government department that we communicate with on a regular basis to obtain legal records and registration certificates for our clients.
You may find yourself faced by a certain amount of financial documentation to take care of, overseen by the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), another of the government authorities that we communicate with regularly on behalf of our clients. When company records are produced, very often they have to be accompanied by authenticated versions of financial records and balance sheets. We can help with all these eventualities and any formalities needed in the financial sphere.
On an individual basis, a verified salary certificate may be needed to support your residence application, or an authenticated income statement provided for a rental agreement or a loan application. Meanwhile the day to day operation of your company will likely involve Invoices, once again subject to validation if they are being considered in the light of taxation. Records that originate abroad can generally be confirmed by apostille to make them acceptable to the Qatar institutions.