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Power of Attorney for Use in the UAE

If you have a property, business, or a personal matter requiring decision-making in the UAE, you may need to provide a Power of Attorney to your designated person (the “attorney”). When choosing this individual, be mindful of the power and control that you are sharing. Your chosen “attorney” will be able to act as you for the business entity, personal matter or estate. A Power of Attorney is a powerful tool. It may be a good idea to speak with a legal advisor about the terms and limitations, if any, you wish to place on the granted decision-making rights. Here’s all you need to know about preparing a Power of Attorney for use in the UAE.

What is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants someone else permission to make decisions on your behalf. The “grantor” is the person giving permission, while the person receiving the decision-making rights is the “attorney”. You can use a Power of Attorney for personal, commercial, or property decision-making. Anyone can fill the two roles of the POA. Both designated individuals need to both be over 18 and capable enough to carry the responsibilities.

Swearing your Power of Attorney for use in UAE

To start the process, you need to swear on the POA and then have a Canadian lawyer or Notary Public seal it. Any local licensed lawyer or Notary Public can help you complete this step. However, if you have a commercial or property Power of Attorney, you may benefit from approaching someone skilled in commercial or property law.

Power of Attorney Attestation vs. Authentication and Legalization

If you need to use a Power of Attorney in the UAE, you need to authenticate and legalize it first! After these two steps, you have validated the POA for international use. There’s something very important you should keep in mind, though! In the UAE, the process is called Power of Attorney Attestation. Whereas in Canada, it’s Power of Attorney Authentication and Legalization. The terminology is different, but the processes are equivalent to each other.

Authenticating your Power of Attorney for UAE

Once you have the Power of Attorney sworn and notarized, your document is ready for authentication. Authentication in Canada is performed by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) located in Ottawa. They verify that the signatures and seals on a document are authentic. GAC will place a red stamp on your document to complete authentication.

Legalization of Power of Attorney at the UAE Embassy

Following Authentication, your Power of Attorney will need to be submitted to the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates located in Ottawa. Here, your document will undergo the final step of legalization. The embassy will review your document to ensure the GAC stamp is genuine. As well as make sure it meets the requirements set forth by the UAE. Once the embassy is satisfied, they too will place a stamp or certificate indicating that your Power of Attorney has been legalized.

When and Why trust Authentication and Legalization Professionals?

The process of document attestation can be time consuming and difficult in many ways. The physical location of GAC and most embassies in Canada to work with. For these reasons, it is advisable to contact a legalization professional such as Legalization Service Centre to conduct the process on your behalf. We will gather all the right documents and make their transfer to the final destination smoother! While it typically takes 15 to 20 days to authenticate a document if you to submit it yourself, LSC can have the document processed at GAC in as little as one business day. Moreover, since we are professionals who handle these matters regularly, our skilled agents submit your documents free of errors or omissions which can otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars in additional fees.

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United Arab Emirates: Canadian Document Preparation

If you’re seeking post-secondary education and/or are looking for opportunities for employment, chances are you already heard of United Arab Emirates. This country offers one of the highest quality education in the Middle East, and is currently a hotspot for anyone wishing to join their diverse workforce. As international interest grows, naturally, the UAE becomes more strict about who they accept into their country and who they don’t. Before your documents are considered valid in UAE, they must first go through authentication and legalization or document apostille. 

CANADIAN DOCUMENT APOSTILLE: AUTHENTICATION AND LEGALIZATION

What is “apostille”? And why must you do both authentication and legalization of your documents? This all due to the Hague agreement or Apostille Convention, which Canada hasn’t signed. Canadian documents need to go through two levels of authentication and legalization. This means that in order for your documents to be valid and usable in UAE, they need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada first, and then legalized at the consular section of the embassy of UAE in Ottawa. 

VALIDATING DOCUMENTS: FOR EDUCATION 

If you’re planning on studying in one of the prestigious universities in UAE, you will have to validate your Canadian university degree. Whether your degree is from the University of Toronto, McGill University or Queen’s University, such fine school’s transcripts and degrees can become targets of forgery. As such, the embassy is very meticulous with legalization. You must make sure that no discrepancies can be found between the documents submitted by you and your university.

The good news are that the signatures on the degrees are usually recognized by Global Affairs Canada. The degrees are then automatically ready to be authenticated by the GAC and legalized by the UAE’s consular section. Sometimes, certain degrees will require extra steps. In those cases, your university will need to provide some additional documents, such as transcripts or your academic files. This can be hard to keep track of when going through the process yourself, so we are here to help! If you’re in a hurry, we offer rush service, where you’ll get your documents authenticated and legalized in just 2 business days!

VALIDATING CANADIAN DOCUMENTS: FOR EMPLOYMENT  

When joining the United Arab Emirates workforce, there’s a difference between non-corporate documents and corporate documents. Non-corporate documents include “vital statistics”. They’re simply your birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates and death certificates. You will need the aforementioned if you’re planning to bring your family or spouse with you or if you need to declare single status. They will need to go through the process of authentication and legalization, too. However, there’s no need for notarization, as provincially issued vital statistics signatures are recognized by Global Affairs Canada.

NON-CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

In addition to submitting your vital statistics, you might have to include a criminal record check. Our experts at LSC Canada recommend obtaining an RCMP police check instead of a local police issued one. An RCMP police check is always more thorough, as it’s based on fingerprints. It’s also globally recognized, including Global Affairs Canada, meaning that you don’t need to spend extra money on hiring a notary to notarize your local police check. This also saves you time, as the GAC may take up to 20 business days to process your documents. If you wish to speed the process along, we will be more than happy to oblige with our three different offered service times. Always double check to see if you have all the required documents!

Don’t forget to notarize any existing doctors notes or letters regarding prescription medication. Notarization is completed by a notary public or a lawyer. Only after you complete this step can you move onto authentication and legalization. 

CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT

The United Arab Emirates are an attractive venue for new or existing corporate businesses. Whether you’re partnering with a business in UAE or expanding your chain, this lush country offers much reward. The documents you need to get authenticated and legalized depend entirely on the requesting party. They may include powers of attorney, certificates of incorporation, various certificates such as SCC, CPP, GMP, ISO, certificates of incorporation, certificates of origins, commercial invoices, tax residency letters, permits, etc. In addition to the two-step authentication and legalization process, a lawyer or a notary public must validate your documents. Notarization is often a prerequisite for apostille. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, don’t hesitate to contact us and an agent will be with you shortly!

NEED HELP? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

It can be difficult to keep track of all the demands of the UAE Embassy as a client! We understand more than anyone, especially if this is your first time having to authenticate and legalize your documents. Our experts at Legalization Service Centre Canada have more than 10 years of experience with document authentication and legalization. We’re always working tirelessly to ensure the easiest process for you! Our client’s 5 star reviews will assure you of our quality, reliable and fast service, and our solid interpersonal relations with each embassies and consulates in Ottawa and Canada will provide you further confidence.