This is another #PublicServiceBlog post regarding one of the many requirements a married couple has to do in order to be legally recognized as “married” and/or be able to sponsor a spouse and other family members here in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
We’ve been married for three years and the intention of attesting our documents have always been on hold due to some papers to prepare here and there. So only this year we did what is required. Here are the simple steps to do it.
Step 1. Get your NSO (yellow green paper) marriage license
Step 2. Have it attested in the Philippine DFA* (Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila (We’ve used DHL to do this process and costs as around 3,000 Php)
*DFA shall return your Marriage Contract with a cover letter and a red ribbon + a blue (UAE MOFA) stamp at the back of it.
Finally, another attestation is needed when your papers reach here in the UAE. The simplest way to do it is through the TASHEEL Infinity Service in Marina Mall which took only 10 minutes or less! In fact my bus ride is even longer than the process! Happy customer here! :)
Step 3 – MOFA Attestation
Here’s how I did it.
I took the bus #7 from Elektra Street going to the main entrance of Marina mall, I guess it took around 35-40 minutes one way.
TASHEEL is on the lower floor of Paris Gallery, so I went straight to it and at the reception, you’d simply say I need my papers to be attested (with your greetings of course :) heheh showing some manners ) … and the receptionist will gladly give you the waiting number. Although she asked a few questions related to where did you have your marriage because there are 2 ways, I guess.
My number was 2255, on queue are 2 people and in less than 5 minutes it was my turn!
As I approached the officer, he asked for the marriage certificate, checked the back page and the UAE blue stamp then asked if I have a debit/credit* card for the payment.
*No cash is accepted, so make sure you bring a credit/debit card.
Gave my card and entered the pin, then he returned it with the receipt, took another paper ( a sticker) and stamp it on the back page! That costs 160/- AED.
To my surprise I asked him “Is that it!?!”
“Yes it is!” he answered with a smile. I said thank you!
To be honest, it took me so long to process this paper because all the while I thought I still need to go here and there then pass this and that and come back after a few days. But how efficient and fast was that! So, to you who plans to do it, there is no need to wait!
Location: Lower ground area of Paris Gallery Marina Mall
Tel. No. 02-6811644 | Email: [email protected] | Website: www.infinity.ae
Timing : 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Days: Saturdays to Thursdays (Closed on Fridays)
Note: For other nationalities, the same process applies. Steps 1 and 2 must be done first in your home country’s version of Foreign Affairs authority & UAE Embassy + Step 3.
Hope this short post helped you.