Is HRD attestation mandatory for UAE attestation?
Yes , since last two months UAE Consulate has made HRD attestation of respective state mandatory for attestation of educational certificates bu UAE Consulate. Earlier this was not mandatory and those who did not have HRD attestation were able to attest from UAE consulate.
What is the revised process of UAE attestation ?
Now the educational document has to be first verified by the respective university. Then it has to be attested by Home Department and then by HRD in Mantralaya in Mumbai (for all documents in Maharashtra). Respective processes should be followed for certificates originating from other states in India. After HRD the document has to be notarized, followed by MEA attestation (Ministry of External Affairs) and then finally submitted to UAE consulate for attestation. Overall process may take 8 – 10 working days after the HRD.
How HRD attestation can be done by agents ?
No, unfortunately HRD attestation cannot be undertaken by agents third parties. Only the holder of certificates or his/ her blood relatives can undertake HRD attestation of certificates. Even if some agents claim that they can undertake to do HRD themselves, finally the concerned person has to be present for certificate submission and only assistance is given by the agency.
Is HRD compulsory now for all attestations like UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA(Saudi) ?
Yes, now all consulates have made HRD attestation compulsory prior to the consulate attestation. This has in fact increased the hassles for candidates in terms of time and efforts required for getting the document attested, but the rules are mandatory and no requests of attestations without HRD are entertained.
Is it possible to attest documents from UAE consulate without HRD ?
Yes only the non-educational certificates do not need the HRD attestation ex. Birth certificates, marriage certificates, transfer certificates etc. can be attested from UAE consulate without HRD. In case of Educational Documents, there is a process by which HRD attestation can be bypassed, however there can be a cost implication in the attestation fees.
Is it possible to get assistance of professional agencies in attestation process?
Yes, some professional agencies do assist candidates for above process, however one should be prudent to choose the agency for there are cases of counterfeit attestations or delays of weeks and months after handing over to agencies. Choosing a reliable agency is very critical.