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Birth Certificate Qatar Attestation May 4, 2016 10:00

Birth Certificate Qatar Attestation

Should you be moving to Qatar from South Africa and have children you will need to get their Birth Certificates Attested at the Qatar Embassy in Pretoria in order for them to be sponsored by the primary sponsor (the person getting the job). The Qatar Embassy charges R180 per page (subject to change). Typically there will be about 5 pages that will be attested. 

The Qatar Birth Certificate Attestation document process is as follows:

Original- Notary Attorney (Copy is stamped)- High Court- DIRCO (Foreign Affairs)- Qatar Embassy Pretoria

There are a few South African birth certificate variations. However, due to the new travel laws all Minors travelling to South Africa or leaving South Africa require an Unabridged Birth Certificate in addition to their passports (regardless of Nationality). Therefore we recommend that you get an unabridged birth certificate. 

In terms of the Unabridged Birth Certificate applications, these need to made at a Home Affairs Department or at a South African Embassy if you are abroad. The turnaround time varies and is inconsistent from 2 weeks to 8 months. 

We offer a Birth Certificate Attestation for Qatar and offer discounts for families who attest several documents. 

Contact us for further information or order online:


Degree Attestation for Qatar April 26, 2016 11:30

University Degree Attestation for Qatar- South Africans

Should you be considering employment in Qatar the first step of emigration is to prove your educational qualifications. This is known as a degree attestation. This is a standard procedure and requirement from Qatari companies. Typically you require a completed degree (we have had the occasional request for incomplete degrees!) and it must be from a recognized institution. South African Higher institutions, private included, need to have their courses (Diplomas, Certificates and Degrees) registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). 

In addition to this, the Qatar Embassy in Pretoria, you must present your statement of results (aka Academic Transcript) to the relevant Authorities. 

The Document process is as follows:

Original Degree (presented with copies) - DHET- DIRCO (Foreign Affairs)- Qatar Embassy Attestation

Each page is R180 (Date of blog-subject to change due to fluctuating Rand/US Dollar Exchange)Charge by the Qatar Embassy for the Document Attestation. Typically for a degree, transcript and additional pages there would be approximately 8 pages. 

The turnaround for this is typically 3 working days and the embassy will then allow you to collect after 14h00. 

We offer this as a service please contact us for further details. 

You can also see our pricing:

Marriage Attestation for Qatar April 19, 2016 10:30

Marriage Attestation for Qatar- South Africans

Should you be considering emigrating to Qatar for work purposes and you are married, you will need to attest your marriage certificate. There are several different versions of the marriage certificate which can be attested.

These are:

1. The original Marriage certificate issued by the marriage officer registered with the Department of Home Affairs with his/her signature. 

2. The customary Marriage certificate- For Example Islamic Marriage Officer. 

3. Abridged Marriage Certificate

4. Unabridged Marriage Certificate (Turnaround from Home Affairs is several months)

Currently Qatar (and other Middle East countries) accept a Notorized version of all of the above formats. The document process for attestation of a Marriage certificate would be as follows:

Original- Notary copy- High Court- DIRCO (Foreign Affairs)- Qatar Embassy Marriage Attestation

The costs currently (see date of Blog) are R180 per page. Each page the Qatar embassy charges R180 per page. For a Marriage attestation there will be approximately 5 pages.Payments are in cash and the document turnaround is approximately 3 working days from when you hand in at the Qatar Embassy. 

Should you require assistance contact us. 

For pricing of a Qatar Marriage Attestation please visit:


Pay with VISA/ MasterCard for Document Attestation South Africa January 27, 2016 10:00

We have 2 payment options for our Document Attestation clients. One is the typical EFT payment from a South African bank into our bank or a Visa/ MasterCard payment option. Using the Visa/ MasterCard option provides the customer with ease of use, particularly when paying from a foreign bank account. There is no need to make SWIFT payments or to transfer to a SA bank which is cumbersome and time consuming waiting for banking clearances.

It also allows clients who may need to make larger payments, to do so on their credit cards. This can be helpful, particularly at the end of a month or prior to emigrating when many unforeseen expenses occur. We hope that by creating this payment option (Visa/ MasterCard) it will make payment for Document Attestation in South Africa, easier for our clients abroad and locally. 


 The customer receives an instant notification from PayFast (  regarding the payment and we are able to complete the attestation process quicker. 

Should you require any Document Attestation assistance, please contact us and we would be happy to assist. Phone: 27120032910 or email : 

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. 

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: