Required Documents and Attestation for a UAE Work Permit

Page updated as of April 2018

A criminal background-check and attested documents must be provided to apply for a work permit in the UAE.

Here is how to get a criminal background-check and attest your documents so you can work legally in the UAE:

Step 1: Get a criminal background check.

Get your background check for the UAE

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Step 2: Get your documents Attested. 

This usually means 2 documents:

  1. University degree
    • Transcripts do not need to be attested; however, a sealed copy of your transcript needs to be sent to the UAE embassy in order to have your degree attested
  2. Teaching license (if applicable)

Other documents you will need attested if you are bringing a spouse and/or children include:

  1. Marriage certificate
  2. Children’s birth certificate (only if they are traveling with you)
  3. Divorce/spouse’s death certificate (only required if you are bringing children with you)
  4. Letter from your child’s father (in the event the father will not be traveling with children. ‘He authorizes the mother to sponsor the child(ren) for residence in the UAE’ this must be written on the document)

Note: some prescription drugs require attestation. Contact the UAE embassy if you possibly need to have medication attested.

Document Attestation for the UAE

You can use the following Visa agencies to assist you with the Visa process. These companies make the whole process much easier and can add piece of mind since they will handle your attestation process from start to finish. However, they do charge a fee for their services. We recommend the following companies depending on your country of origin:

  1. USA: ProEx Delivery Teaching Nomad also provides visa assistance in the US
  2. Canada: International Documents Canada (IDC)
  3. UK/Ireland/Australia: Argentum LLC
  4. South Africa: TBD

If you choose to complete your attestation manually, below is the step-by-step process for completing the process based on your country of origin. If you have questions or run into problems during the process, contact your placement consultant or Teaching Nomad directly and we can help.

  • United States >

    In the U.S., there are 4 steps for attesting your documents, here's the process:

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. They don't need to notarize the original, it's perfectly acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary.

    2. Get your documents certified by the Secretary of State's office. All documents must be certified by the Secretary of State’s office in the state where the documents were issued. They will verify the notarization received in step 1 and put a seal on the notarized document.
            -Teaching licenses and degrees issued in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee need to have the County Clerk certify the documents prior to sending them to the Secretary of State.

    3. Get your documents authenticated by the U.S. Department of State.

    4. Attest your documents with the UAE consulate/embassy that holds consular jurisdiction over the state where the document is certified.

    For steps 3 & 4, if you do not live near the capital city, it will likely be more affordable to use one of the visa agents that we listed above. This may save you time and money.

    If you're not currently in the U.S. and cannot complete this process yourself, Teaching Nomad can help!

     
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  • United Kingdom >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary or solicitor. They need to sign off on copied documents first to ensure they are authentic copies. They next need to sign using their personal signature in ink with their name printed below. Finally, their seal is required, Scotland is the exception but they may seal the document regardless.

    2. Submit your documents to the FCO office in London or the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (depends on where they were issued). You can submit your documents via post using the following link, https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised. Complete the form in its entirety, or your documents may be rejected. An A4 size envelope is also required. (currently the charge is £30.00/document)

    3. Submit your documents directly with the UAE consulate/embassy. Find the section under Consular Services that says “Legalization.”

    Note: If you are currently not living in the UK, contact Vital Legalisation to get your documents handled.

    Email Andrew directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let him know Teaching Nomad referred you, and he’ll make sure you’re taken care of!

     

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  • South Africa >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. In most cases, this is a requirement for your documents.

    2. Following the notarization process, we recommend using the following link to provide the specific information to complete the attestation process: http://www.dfa.gov.za/consular/legalisation.htm

    3. Documents will need to also be sent to the UAE embassy in order to be finalized and attested.

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  • Canada >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. They don't need to notarize the original, it's perfectly acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary.

    2. Get your documents certified by the Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. You can either mail or submit your documents in person.

    3. Submit your documents directly with the UAE consulate/embassy. They may require you to go in person. Note: You need to have a sealed copy of your transcripts sent directly from your university.

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  • Australia >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. They don't need to notarize the original, it's perfectly acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary.

    2. Get your documents certified by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Follow the instructions on their website.

    3. Submit your documents directly to the UAE consulate/embassy. They may require you to go in person.

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  • New Zealand >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. They don't need to notarize the original, it's perfectly acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary.

    2. Get your documents certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, first you need to send your documents to the Department of Internal Affairs, and they will pass them along to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    3. Submit your documents directly to the UAE consulate/embassy. They may require you to go in person.

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  • Ireland >

    1. Have your document notarized by a local notary. They don't need to notarize the original, it's perfectly acceptable to get a notarized copy of the document. However, you will need to show the original to the notary. Note: documents signed at a police station are not sufficient. A certified public notary must notarize the documents.

    2. Submit your documents to The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Follow the instructions on their website.

    3. Submit your documents directly to the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce. From there, they will send your documents to the UAE embassy in Dublin.

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Step 3: Now that your documents are attested, send scans of these documents to your employer, and they will apply for your work permit. It's important to tell them which UAE consulate you will use to apply for your work visa, YOU CANNOT CHANGE THIS LATER, so if you plan to use an agent, you may want to consult them at this point. The entire process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, so do not delay.

Step 4: Once approved, your employer will email your work permit approval which you can take to the consulate or to the visa agent assisting you.

If you're having difficulties with this process, be sure to contact your Teaching Nomad placement consultant, we're here to help!


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