Document Legalisation for individuals travelling to Middle Eastern countries to live and work.

Personal Documentation

The AICC certifies and arranges the legalisation of Irish personal certificates required in the Arab countries.

Personal documents which are not issued in the Republic of Ireland please email for advice or phone 01 6624451/6621577.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to check what certificates an employer requires. Errors can be costly. Please note that embassies do not give refunds on any attestations/legalisations. The AICC cannot advise on this matter as requirements can vary.

The UAE Authorities have announced that a certificate of good conduct and behaviour will be a mandatory requirement for obtaining a new UAE work visa from 4 February 2018.  To get this certificate in Ireland contact your local Garda station.

Typical Processing Times

Please allow up to 15 days for the processing of your documents following their receipt at our office.

Processing times currently are as follows -

Notary stamp - 1 working day

DFAT - 2 working days

Standard legalisation - 8 working days

When sending in your Documents for processing, please ensure that you send the following:-


1.  Certificates that you require processed

2.  Cover Sheet that you receive with your email

3.  Self-addressed envelope for return of documents 

Definition of terms

“Certification”: the document(s) are stamped by the AICC to certify their authenticity.

“Legalisation /Authentication/Attestation”: the document(s) are stamped by the relevant embassy confirming their authenticity.

“Notarised”: the document is certified by a Notary Public as being genuine or a genuine copy of an original.

“Apostilled/Authenticated”: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirms that the signature, seal or stamp on the document issued in Ireland is genuine

Requirements for Irish Certificates

  • Certificates must either be an original or a certified copy issued by the issuer, or a certified copy notarised by a Notary Public or Solicitor in Ireland.
  • Certificates must be “apostilled/authenticated” by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [DFAT] which our Chamber can arrange if necessary. This service takes approximately 48 hours. (If this is being arranged by the applicant, please ensure that the DFAT stamp is valid for at least 6 months for the UAE only and that Certificates are authenticated not apostilled.)
  • For Powers of Attorney we require the name and address of the organisation for which the Certificate is required and must be notarised.
  • Certificates, when stamped by DFAT, should be sent to the AICC where they will be certified, and then sent to the relevant Embassy in Dublin or London for legalisation.
  • Translation;  Some employers may ask for Certificates to be translated to Arabic which the Chamber can undertake.  If this is a requirement please ring the Chamber directly on 01 662 4451/662 1577  or email and we will let you know how best to deal with this request.
  • If your Academic Degree is in Latin and if your employer requires an English version to be processed please contact your University directly and they can issue in English.
  • Certificates are returned directly to the client in Ireland by Swift Post or can be collected from the AICC. (If a problem should arise with the delivery of a swift letter, please contact the Chamber and we will provide you with your tracking number to facilitate follow-up. We do not send documents by registered post to the Arab countries - only courier services are used.)

Embassy Requirements


  • Any personal Certificates which originate from an Irish institution and which bear the 'Apostille stamp' from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade do not require attestation/legalisation by the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman, as this stamp is recognised and accepted by the authorities in Oman.  


  • Must be legalised in person at the Iraqi Cultural Office in London, email for requirements.


In order to have an educational qualification attested at the Embassy of the State of Qatar you will need to submit the following:

  1. The certificate/ Diploma
  2. The transcripts
  3. A cover letter from the issued educational provider confirming ALL of the points below:
  • The qualification/certificates authenticity
  • The mode of study and the type of study, whether full time/part time or distance learning (E-learning) / proximate learning (face to face learning)
  • The place of study and the place of the examinations held
  • The awarded title of the issued diploma i.e. Degree (BA or Bsc) Masters or Doctorate program
  • The duration of the course studied
  • The actual dates of study (start date and the end date)

Kindly note that all of the 3 items above will have to be attested by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Ireland and legalised at the Qatar Embassy.

Please note that any certificate obtained via distance learning or an online program will not be accepted for attesting as this is not in line with the rules of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha.


Consular Services Division,

Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade,

Knockmaun House

42-47 Mount Street Lower

Dublin 2

D02 TN83

(01) 4082000

Or for the Munster area: 

Consular Services Division,

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

1A South Mall,


Tel :    021 4944765 / 021 4944766 

Opening Hours;

The opening hours for the Public Offices in Dublin and Cork are as follows:

Monday - Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

9.30am - 1pm and 2.30pm - 4pm

Opening Hours of the AICC:

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Lunch: 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Closed for all Bank Holidays and Islamic Eid holidays.

Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight.  We bear no responsibility for any such change.  Any change that does take place will be passed directly to our clients.