How to Process UAE Attestation Certificates in the Philippines – Procedure and Requirements


The procedure and requirements for processing UAE attestation and authentication of certificates in the embassy of UAE in the Philippines are discussed in this page. This is for those who are asking questions and information about UAE authentication and stamp from my “How to get DFA Red Ribbon” page.

OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) are usually the ones who need these documents. Filipinos just like any other people who work and live in the UAE and some of its territories like Dubai are the usual ones who gather certificates like UAE attestation. In this page, I share brief info why we need attestation? What is that for? What are the requirements and how to process them? Anyway, here we go…

What is a Certificate of Attestation and why we need it?

This certificate is an evidence confirming of authenticity of a document of a person – ie: diploma, TOR (Transcript or Records), birth certificate, certificate of nationality, marriage certificate, professional licenses, technical training diploma and the like, required by foreign countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada and many more although these papers are related to DFA Red Ribbon certificates as they are issued same thing as UAE attestation and UAE stamp. People just use different names in calling it.

Steps in processing UAE Attestation

The usual process includes verification from the government authorities here in the Philippines then authentication of the documents in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and submitting them to the UAE Embassy or Consulate office for attestation and stamping.

Step 1:

These documents are required to be verified by the authorizing parties issuing them like

DepEd – for elementary and primary school certificates
CHED – for secondary and college certificates like diploma and TOR
TESDA – for technical training certificates
PRC – for professional licenses
NSO – for authenticated documents like birth certificate, marriage certificate, CENOMAR and the like
NBI – NBI clearance
and more government authorities involved with the requested document to be attested

Requirements: Original and certified true copies of the documents required. You will also pay some fees from the issuance of copies per document (ie: P125 for NSO BC, P150 for NBI clearance etc)

Step 2:

After that, these documents are forwarded to the DFA to be authenticated. DFA will give you back the documents from step 1 with certificates attached indicating their authenticity and attesting their genuineness.

Requirements: The original and certified true copies of documents you have submitted in step 1 and any verification paper attached by those authorities. You will pay fees (P100 per authentication in the DFA)

Step 3:

UAE Embassy Attestation. All documents are stamped at the UAE Embassy.

Requirements: All your previously gathered documents and certificates and paying some fees P1700 and above.

Step 2 and 3 can be done at any DHL branch nationwide. You will pay additional fees though for the freight and delivery charges. You will also be required to prepare a Manager’s Check for the UAE attestation payment (P1700) and other fees for DFA Red Ribbon which costs few hundreds per document. Take note, these price may change after I wrote this post.

Processing time for DFA authentication is for 2 weeks or less. Sometimes faster than that. It just depends upon the holidays here in the Philippines or the pile of applications. You know how it is here.

There are UAE and Dubai attestation services offered by local agencies in the country. However, they charge higher price for processing your papers. We can do it ourselves anyway and save more money.

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List of Embassies and Consulate Offices in the Philippines