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Legalising US Documents for Qatar

Before you can use your documents issued in the United States within Qatar, they will need to be legalised. This is a process to take documents issued in one country so that they can be used officially in another country. Whether it is an educational qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or in fact any other US personal or company document, let us take the hassle away for you and save you time and money.

How does it work?

Legalising a US document can be complicated, especially as the process is different depending upon the type of document you have, where it was issued, and who you need to present it to. To make things easier for you, we’ve outlined below the process that each document needs to go through, but bear in mind that the process for certain documents can vary from this. To be certain that we can provide you with fully accurate information, get in touch for your free personalised quotation.
attesting documents for uae Notary/Registrar Certification

Notary/Registrar Certification

For most documents, the first step is to have your document certified as being legitimate. In the case of educational qualifications or translations, this certification will be handled by a US Notary Public. For original birth, marriage or birth certificates, it is a registrar in the issuing state that will certify the document.
Initial Certification
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State Authentication

Before documents can be presented to the Department of State in Washington, they need to undergo State-level certification. During this process an authentication certificate (certification page) is attached, signed and sealed, which confirms that the document being presented has been correctly processed by the relevant State authority. 
Secretary of State in the Issuing US State
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Federal Authentication

Before documents can be presented to the Qatar Embassy in Washington, they need to be authenticated at a national level by the US Department of State. During this process an authentication page is attached, signed and sealed, which confirms that the document being presented has been correctly processed by the relevant US authority. In the United States this can only be applied by the Department of State.
Department of State in the US
Qatar Embassy Stamp

Qatar Embassy Legalisation

The final step in the United States is to have the document stamped, known as legalised, by the Qatar Embassy in Washington. During this stage an official Qatar-government sticker and seal is applied to the document. This confirms to the authorities in Qatar that the document has completed all the required steps in the US.
Qatar Embassy in Washington
Qatar Embassy Stamp

MoFA Attestation (Qatar)

Once the document has reached Qatar, it requires a further legalisation stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar which validates that your document has been processed correctly in the US. Some employers make arrangements to handle this for you, so you should check whether this needs completing by you or not.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Qatar)

Translation from English into Arabic

In certain circumstances, your document may also require translation into Arabic. Again, your employer may handle this for you so best to check. If required, the whole document and its relevant stamps are translated from English into Arabic by a recognised certified translator. Once the translation has been done, then everything has been completed to make it fully useable within Qatar.
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Attestation Notes

  • Unlike most other countries, the term Apostille is reserved in the US for the process to stamp a document that is to be used by another State as opposed to another country. Apostilled documents cannot be used for the attestation process. Any document that has already been apostilled will need to be processed from the start again.
  • Whilst it is usual to carry out the attestation process on the original document, in certain circumstance it may be possible to work from a scanned copy instead. Please contact us with a scan of your document and we will check this for you.
  • Educational documents will need to be checked prior to attestation that the issuer is listed on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) database.
  • The Qatar Embassy in the US will not attest any educational document that has been obtained as a distance learning course, or where studies were taken on a campus outside of the US.
  • Degree qualifications require additional documents to be sent directly by the qualification-holder in support of the legalisation process. 
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Get a digital copy of your completed documents prior to receiving shipment.
Fully Inclusive Price
Fees always include all charges, shipping and VAT (where applicable).

Docs from any country...

We're able to legalise a range of documents for use in Qatar, no matter where you're from. You can rest assured that by using our service, your attested documents will be accepted within Qatar.
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