Chances are you found this page because you’ve been asked to gather and verify educational documents for your new job in the Unite Arab Emirates (UAE). While I’m quite familiar with the process of obtaining an Apostille, I learned a new term during my UAE recruitment process – “authentication” (sometimes used interchangeably with “attestation“). Since the UAE is NOT a part of the Hague Convention, they do not recognize an apostille on US documents. Instead, you will need to have your documents “authenticated.” This means you have a bit of legwork ahead of you. Don’t worry. If you follow the steps below, you should have no issues.
When I first began telling my family about my pending move to Abu Dhabi many of them were supportive – even if they had no clue exactly where I was going. A few distant relatives even feigned extreme concern for my safety. I remember a comical conversation with one person in particular.