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MOFA Attestation and its Importance to Getting a UAE Visa

MOFA Attestation

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UAE continues to be a highly favored destination for immigrants from all over the world. It is a place that offers vast opportunities in terms of education, employment, and modern living. It serves as an undisputed hub for many industries, most prominently construction. People, who seek visas that allow them to reside here, are required to first get their personal, commercial, and educational papers attested by the concerned authorities. One of the said authorities is the Ministry of External Affairs, or MOFA for short.

What Constitutes UAE Attestation?

This is a multi-step procedure wherein your original certificates are authenticated and legalized by the right authorities. Such an authority would peruse your document, substantiate the information on it, and then mark it with a sign and seal. In India, for example, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) sits as the top authority when it comes to the attestation of certificates issued within the country. MOFA is its UAE counterpart, which has been set up by the UAE government to manage certificate attestation, among other things.

MOFA Attestation Process


MOFA attestation is last in a line of steps required to properly legalize a foreign-issued document for use in the UAE. For it to happen, you would first need the papers substantiated by the HRD of the issuing country (for educational papers), or the State Home Department (for personal papers). After that, it should be attested by the MEA there, and then attested by the UAE embassy in the capital. Following all that, the document is shipped to the UAE, where MOFA processes it, and on finding all its requirements met, includes its own attestation to show that the certificate is now valid for use inside the UAE.

Why is MOFA Attestation important?

Without MOFA attestation, almost no foreign-issued document has credibility inside the UAE. All companies and institutions inside the country seek surety that the certificates they are looking at are bonafide. This tells them right off the bat that the candidate or applicant is in turn genuine. As for the government authorities, MOFA attestation is a way of ensuring that the holder of a relevant certificate has entered the country through proper channels, which is by proving their eligibility before the immigration and other concerned departments. That is why it is a good idea to seek attestation services in Dubai, which can guarantee smooth and fast delivery of attested documents after you hand over the originals.

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