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Attesting documents in Cape Town or Durban April 12, 2016 10:00

Attestation of documents in Cape Town or Durban

Majority of the document attestation process has to be completed in Pretoria. This is due to all South African National Government Departments, The Department of International Relations and Co Operation (DIRCO- Foreign Affairs) and most embassies (all Middle East) are situated in Pretoria. 

We offer a start to finish solution of taking all necessary documents, once you have couriered them using DHL or Postnet (NOT South African Post Office!!!), to the relevant authorities based in Pretoria and then to the relevant embassy. Most embassies keep the documents overnight or for several or more days. 

We make use of a professional motorbike delivery service whilst offering various payment options, such as being able to use a credit card. We then scan the end product and courier this product to the address you have supplied in the order process. 

Total turnaround is 2-3 days. 

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Can I process attestation of my diploma here in UAE? February 5, 2016 09:00

The attestation of documents needs to take place in the country of the documents origin. This means that if you studied a Degree/ Diploma, lets say in South Africa, that degree needs to be attested in South Africa. The same would apply for official documents such as marriage and birth documents. 

The process thus needs to be done using the correct process for the country. In South Africa, depending on the document route it would go to the highest authority for the given document they would issue a cover page attesting to the fact that the document is authorized by them. After this point the document would go to the countries Foreign Affairs department (In South Africa they have a long name- Department of International Relations and Co operation). It then needs to go to the embassy (in the country of where the document originates) and they authorize the documents. 

This process is known as Document attestation, Document Legalization and Document Authentication. 

Should you have further queries please do not hesitate to contact us via 27120032910 or email us on . We are based in Pretoria the capital city and have access to most embassies and consulates in South Africa. 



Choosing a recognised DHET Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate February 3, 2016 10:00

From time to time we have candidates who have completed studies on a tertiary level and have a degree/diploma/certificate from a private institute in South Africa. Prior to studying we would advise that you ensure that the institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), should you wish to have a recognized qualification. This is important to consider particularly if you plan to work abroad or even within South Africa. Having a qualification with no recognition is a waste of time and money, unless it is job based training. It is also important to note that institutions that are either government funded (UNISA, UCT, UKZN etc.) or are private and have registered their degrees (Please check per course as this may differ on a course by course basis) such as Damelin, have certain standards that they need to adhere too. This ensures that your degree is recognised. Note that there are also Country Educational Profiles (CEP) that determine the standard of an institution. This applies to the UK and Australia. 

The Middle East countries require that tertiary qualifications are registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for document attestation purposes. The DHET has a list (last updated in 2014) of all registered courses from various private institutions. 

Note that the DHET requires institutions to follow various standards. If the institution is not registered then DHET has no interest nor mandate to sign or confirm the institution is under its authority. Therefore please do not have unreasonable expectations to get a non registered institution, to be stamped by this Government department. 

For certain international courses (such as Microsoft or CISCO) we may be able to use the Notary to attest the documents. Please contact us so that we can advise further either email us using or call +27120032910. 



Easy Emigration destinations for South Africans January 13, 2016 10:00

With the decreasing employment rate, political instability, Rand instability and other reasons 2016 will be a year of either emigration or at least considering emigration. We assist South Africans with all document attestation requirements for the following countries(and cities for those who are not familiar): UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar (Doha). Emigrating to the middle east is a temporary relocation as you can not become a citizen of these countries. So you will remain an expat even if you end up staying for 10- 20 years. 

All the above countries have a high standard of living. Pay (depending on your contract) is lucrative and the working hours are generally good. The labour laws do differ, unlike in western countries there is a zero tolerance for striking and other labour disputes, which can be good depending on how you perceive this. 

Some of the countries are allowing expats the opportunity to buy apartments, thus owning land in these countries is now an option. Also, as a foreigner you can set up a company in these countries and trade from a competitive platform. 

The standard of living is on the whole, very good. Expat lifestyles in the middle east are difficult to beat even if your emigrated to a Western country such as the US or Australia. 

Obtaining a Visa is based on the employer. So if you can find a job it is pretty straight forward to relocate. The only requirements is then to get your South African documents attested/ Legalised. We are experts in this field and will be able to assist you without much delay. 

School Transfer Document Attestation for the UAE December 22, 2015 10:30

When moving to the United Arab Emirates with school kids, you would need to consider attesting school transfer documents and reports for usage in primary or secondary schools in the UAE. Note that the school terms in the UAE are based on the British terms and moving kids from South African school may lose 6 months of schooling time, in the process. There are also other factors which need to be considered, noting that the medium of instruction is in English. 

School transfer document attestation process for the UAE (similar for other Middle East Countries) :

1. Signed Letter (on official letterhead) from school principal/school transfer document

2. Signed letter from Local Education Government department official/ Independant school body (ISSASA or IEB) - stating school name and EMIS (Gov)/ Membership (Ind) number. 

3. Letter from the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria

4. Department of International Relations and Co operation (DIRCO/ South African Foreign Affairs

5. UAE Document Attestation of the document

Anderson Document Attestation can assist with this process from steps 3-5 onward. The most difficult stage is if the school is a government school and being able to locate the Local Education official and to request they write the letter.

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Document Attestation of a South African Degree for the UAE December 10, 2015 13:57

For those South Africans looking to work abroad as a expat in the Middle East the first step is to attest your Degree/ Diploma. Firstly you would need to check the status of your Degree/ Diploma to see whether it is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Check the following website:

Obviously, most SA government institutions will be registered- University of Pretoria, UCT, University of Stellenbosch, UNISA and the Technology Universities such as TUT, CPUT & DUT. 

If your qualification meets the list above (or is a mainline Gov institution) then it can be attested by the DHET in Pretoria. See the following steps: 

1. Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

The department will stamp a copy of your qualification and create a cover page which is then used in the next step. 

2. Department of International Relations and Co operation (DIRCO)

DIRCO will accept the letter from the authorised official from DIRCO. They will then issue their cover letter and will bind the document. This is ready to be taken to the Embassy if required. Note that if the embassy is a Haque convention country this is the last step. If it is not part of the Haque convention it will be "Authenticated" and taken to the relevant embassy. 

3. Embassy (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait etc.)

The final stage in the Document Attestation process is to take the document to the relevant embassy to get an embassy stamp. In the case of the UAE, payment must be made via an EFT. All other embassies are on a cash only basis. Charges vary from embassy to embassy. 

This is a critical step in ensuring that the documents are attested and to ensure that your employer (say in the UAE) can then issue you with a working VISA for the skills and qualification you possess. Should you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone: +27(0)12 003 2910 or via email: 


Marriage Certificate Attestation for the UAE November 30, 2015 13:46

If you are considering emigrating to the United Arab Emirate (UAE) and would like to get a spouse visa you would need to prove your marriage. This can be done by getting your marriage documents attested. As the UAE is a non Hague member state, the method is an Authentication and then a stamp at the embassy. This is a requirement for the attestation of a Marriage Certificate for the UAE. 

The process for a marriage attestation can be done in 2 ways:

1. Original- Notary Copy- High Court- DIRCO/ Foreign Affairs- UAE Embassy. (*we recommend this as you do not consume the original in the process)

2. Original- DIRCO/ Foreign Affairs- UAE Embassy 

We can assist with this process and complete it within 2-3 working days. Anderson Document Attestation accepts Visa and MasterCards and uses DHL to ensure quality service delivery. Have a look at our pricing . You can contact us via email: or phone 012 003 2910.