2019 Guide to Certificate Attestation in Oman

Documentation has been always playing a very important role in any business platform irrespective of its nature and size. Along with the passing time, the concept of documentation has taken a new shape. Fake documents have replaced the authentic ones, and that is when the concept of attestation came into existence. Oman, a well-established Arabian country has opened its ways for foreign expats. Be it related to business setup in Oman or any other personal purpose, the nation aims at attracting foreign investors for various business as well as job opportunities. Being no different from other countries, the Omani government has made it mandatory for foreign expats to attest their documents for personal as well as professional purpose.

Legalization Process

To attest your concerned documents, there are two types of legalization processes. They are:

  1. Embassy Attestation
  2. Apostille Authentication

If the intended country is the member of Hague Convention, then Apostille Authentication is the way to go. If it is not the member of Hague Convention, then you must go for Embassy Attestation. Oman is a part of Hague Convention hence Apostille Authentication needs to be done on your certificates (Degree/Diploma/Mark sheets/Marriage/Birth/Death/TC/A Level/HSC/SSLC etc). Apostille process is not the same for all certificates. It differs from each certificate and it depends upon which country the certificates were issued from.

Apostille Attestation for Oman

An apostille is a legalization process of certificates that originated from countries belonging to the Hague Convention of 1961. A squared-shaped sticker with a unique identification number is attached at the back of the certificates, known as apostille stamp. The General Purpose for different certificate attestation is given below

1. Educational Certificate Attestation for Oman

HRD Authentication from the respective State Government followed by MEA Apostille

  • To obtain an employment visa/labor Card for most of the designation
  • To pursue higher education in Oman
  • To write MOH (Ministry of Health) and DOH (Dept. of Health) examinations by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory, technicians, etc
  • To get the equivalent certificates

2. Non-Educational/ Personal Certificate Attestation for Oman

Home Department Attestation from the State Government followed by MEA Apostille

  • To obtain residence visa for wife, children, in-laws
  • For the admission of child in the school (via Transfer Certificate)

3. Power of Attorney/ Memorandum of Association

  • To get the right to sell properties in Home Country.
  • For the removal of LLC partnership provided partner in Home Country does not wish to extend the partnership.
  • To open Bank account.

4. Commercial Certificate Attestation for Oman

Chamber of Commerce Attestation, followed by MEA and Oman Embassy Attestation

Time Required for the Registration Process

The total time required for the Apostille process is as follows:

Normal Process

12-18 days

Fast Process

7-10 days

Normal Process for Embassy Attestation (Non-Educational Certificates)

15-20 days

Fast Process for Embassy Attestation (Non-Educational Certificates)

10-15 days

 

 

Certificate Attestation in Oman

Attestation ensures the credibility of any document. Now, in order to avail for a valid visa, one’s personal, professional, academic certificate attestation is essential as said by the Omani Government. The entire process duration takes about 15-20 days. The attestation plays a major role in the process of authenticating the documents. Different certificates have got different use and are authorized by different governing bodies. Let’s have a look…

Degree Certificate Attestation for Oman

This comes under the category of educational certificate attestation. It is essential if an individual is planning to get into Oman for higher studies or opt for a job. Degree certificate attestation for Oman can be done from the issued country of the certificate. For using the degree certificate in Oman, the certificate should be attested from concerned HRD/MEA & corresponding Embassy of the country to which the certificate holder plans to go.

Documents Required for Degree Certificate Attestation

  • Original certificate
  • Passport Copy
  • Visa Copy
  • 2 Photographs
  • Authorization Letter
  • Degree Copy
  • Original Mark Sheet (all years)
  • HSC Certificate

Marriage Certificate Attestation for Oman

It is an essential document that needs to be attested and presented while applying for a family visa. Attestation of one’s marriage certificate validates the wedding testimony and makes it valid to use it in the country for any further proceedings. 

Steps for Marriage Attestation in Oman

  1. First, you need to get attestation from the country where marriage was solemnized
  2. Next step is to get the attestation from the Embassy of the country you are planning to go to
  3. After attestation from the issued country, you have to attest your marriage certificate from the country you are planning to move.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Attestation

Before proceeding ahead towards the attestation process of MOFA, let’s first understand what MOFA is all about.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

MOFA is a governing body of Oman that is responsible to maintain Oman’s relation with the rest of the world. It takes control of the country’s external affairs so as to maintain good relations, provide security, stability and benefit the home as well as world economy.

Now, once the Embassy of the country provides the validity, the MOFA Attestation comes into the picture. The attestation is done by imprinting the seal and signature which authorizes the individual to use the document. MOFA attestations are used for:

  • Educational Certificates
  • Personal Certificates
  • Commercial Certificates

Documents Required for MOFA Attestation

  • Original certificate
  • Mark sheets (if required)
  • NOC letter (in some cases)
  • Passport and visa Copy
  • Color photo

Thus, we can say that the attestation of documents is a must for foreign expats who want to settle abroad. Be it for business incorporation or for personal use, it’s always better to have a word with a consultant who can understand the requirements and guide in a proper way. Business Setup Worldwide will accompany you in the entire process of document attestation and legal activities. For further information or any query, do contact us. We’d be happy to assist you.

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