Procedure to Attest Marriage Certificate for Saudi Arabia

If you want to bring your family to Saudi Arabia from your home country, you will have to apply for their permanent family visa. One of the most important requirements of applying permanent family visa is to have marriage certificate attested by the appropriate authorities.

In this way, the Saudi government will be able to authenticate that the family for whom you are applying for a visa is your legitimate family. They don’t issue visas for a fiancé or someone who is not your legitimate spouse and children. We have already explained in detail the procedure to attest degrees for Saudi Arabia and today we shall be talking about the procedure to get marriage certificate attested to bring your family on a permanent family visa to Saudi Arabia.

Also Read:  Procedure to Attest a UK Degree by Saudi Embassy in the UK

Please make sure that name on your marriage certificate is same as the name on your Iqama or passport. If the marriage certificate is in some other language, you will have to make sure that the spellings of translated names should be same as passport or Iqama.

You may have to attest marriage certificate by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country. MOFA in your country may ask you to attest the same certificate from some different authorities like judicial court or provincial / state government etc. These requirements differ from country to country. What Saudi Embassy checks are the stamp of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Once you have done with the stamp of MOFA in your country. Next step is to go to Saudi Embassy or Saudi Consulate in your country to attest it from them. They will charge a minimal fee and attest it for you. Again, they are only concerned with the stamp of MOFA on it. Now you have done with the process in your home country.

Once you have the attested marriage certificate from Saudi Embassy or Saudi Consulate in Saudi Arabia, you will have to translate it in the Arabic language. You will have to check if the spellings of the names in English are same as of passport or Iqama. There are so many translators in Saudi Arabia approved by the MOI. We have given a list of some of them in this link “List of Approved Translators in Saudi Arabia”

Now you will have to attest the marriage certificate and translation made by the approved agent from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia. Once you are done with the attestation by MOFA, you are done with the attestation work of your marriage certificate. Now the next step is to apply for a permanent family visa. Recommended: Procedure to Attest Documents from MOFA Saudi Arabia

Marriage Certificate Attestation in Pakistan

Step 1: You need to get NADRA Marriage Certificate from local district authorities.

Step 2: Attestation from MOFA (Pakistan). If you are residing abroad so your blood relation can do it in PKR 25 but the agent will take PKR 2000.

Step 3: Agent will translate marriage certificate in Arabic and will send along with photocopy to Saudi consulate. (Hardly take 01 days and cost vary from PKR 5000 to PKR 7500)

Step 4: Once you received the original attested copy from Saudi consulate so you have to go MOFA in Saudi for attestation. Cost SAR 30.

  • Zeeshan

    Dear Abu Ashhad / Steve,

    Assalamoalaikum,

    I have original marriage certificate and its arabic translation copy available here in KSA with all the attestations from Pakistan. Now for permanent family visa do I need to get both (original and arabic translated copy) attested from MOFA in KSA. Because I went to MOFA, Jeddah, KSA and the officer just attested ONLY the originals and give back to me translated documents unattested. These translated documents are already attested from MOFA and saudi counsel in Pakistan like the originals.

    For permanent family visa do I need to get “marriage certificate’s arabic translation” attested from MOFA in KSA?

    Regards,

  • Ashfaqul Ghani

    my marraige contract is translated in arabic and it is attasted by saudi embassy but original marriage certificate and contract is not attasted by saudi embassy. Is it enough for getting permanent family visa for my wife.

  • Nabil Huda

    Dear Shafiq,

    I have the Similiar Case as yours, Agent is saying that Saudi Culture Stamp is NOT required on Marriage Certificate, ONLY MOFA (Pakistan) and Saudi Embassy in Pakistan.

    Can you confirm, Did thay or not asked the Saudi Culture Stamp.

    TYIA!

  • Nabil Huda

    Hello All,

    I am Applying for Permanent Family Visa and My Degrees are attested by MOFA (Pakistan), Saudi Culture, and Saudi Consulate, … No w i m processing Marriage Certificate attestation.

    The Agent Says the Marriage Certificate ONLY require to be attested by MOFA (Pakistan) and Saudi Embassy in Pakistan, NOT from Saudi Culture, and is insistent upon it.

    However some people did have mentioned that either they had Saudi Culture Stamp on Marriage certificate too , can someone confirm that do we require or not Saudi Culture Stamp on Marriage Certificate. Did the get Visa Smoothly without Saudi Culture Stamp.

    Quick response will be appreciated.

    Thanks

  • If the stamp from Saudi Culture is required, Saudi Embassy will not attest it. So, let him attest it from the Saudi Embassy. If they attest it, you have nothing to worry. MOFA will accept it here

  • Nabil Huda

    Thanx Steve … I will proceed accordingly and will update it here too …

    You & your blog have always been of great help. Thanks !

  • Nabil Huda

    Hi Steve Just for your Information i got my Marriage Registration Certificate Stamped by Saudi Consulate (Karachi), no need for Saudi Culture Stamp.

    Also Saudi Culture Stamp is only required for Degrees & Educational Certificates.

    Secondly i have a question I have Istiqdam Appointmnet in 3 weeks .. should i get the Original Marriage Certificate couriered to me or a Print out of Scan copy will work in MOFA and Istiqdam.

    As i reckon later during the Visa Processing the Etimad Center will also ask for the Marraige Certificate as proof of Relationship (unless they will accept a Copy & do not require original) !

  • That’s a good news.
    You should courier the original to your husband, he needs to attest it from the MOFA to make it valid in Saudi Arabia. I am sure that he needs original documents here in Istiqdam.
    I am not sure about the documentation required in Etimad in Pakistan, you can check and ask from the people in the related thread on this blog. He can also send it back to you once it is processed from Saudi Arabia. I personally think that you don’t need original in Pakistan as your husband’s name is already shown on the passport as your husband and it is a conclusive evidence it self.

  • Ooops, I just noticed that I never wrote in the article that the stamp from the Saudi Culture is required for it 🙂

  • Nabil Huda

    Yes in this article you didn’t, but i got a bit confused after reading Point # 5 of Documentation Required in your post for Apply for Permanent Visa through istiqdam.

  • Nabil Huda

    Yes i will ask etimad if they can confirm the requirement of original marriage certificate or Copy will work too.

    Additionally a fellow colleague is also got an Istiqdam Appointment day after tomorrow and hence due to time constraint will be taking the Copy of his Marriage certificate to the Istiqdam. (also he says tht MOFA Saudi stamp is not required) let me see how it goes for him, will update here too ! (Although His nationality is Sudanese and his Marriage certificate is in ARABIC).

    Also a jordanian friend went to istiqdam 8 months ago, they saw his Degree ONLY & the degree was not stamped by MOFA Saudi Arabia, and they issued the yellow paper for him!

    PS: Iii am the HUSBAND 🙂

  • My mistake, I will update it!

  • Well, it depends upon their mood as well. I have numerous cases when they refused the documentation as they were not attested by the MOFA. It is better to be fully prepared, it takes a hell of time to get a new appointment with the Istiqdam.

  • Nabil Huda

    yes .. exactly my thoughts.

    Steve You have been great help.. once the whole thing is done .. I owe you a Coffee for the support and Swift Responses !

  • Thanks for the encouragement. Do visit us whenever you come to Jeddah with your family.

  • Zeeshan

    Dear steve,
    Plz guide me either the saudi cultural n saudi embassy attestation on original degree n marriage certificate is enough or we have to attest its arabic translations too from pakistan?

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Dear Steve,

    Just need to know one thing, what do i need to exactly get attested from MOFA and Saudi Embassy:

    1. Original Marriage Certificate and Birth Certificate for my childern. (Issued by NADRA)

    OR

    2. Translated Marriage Certificate and Birth Certificate. (Translated in English and Arabic from Pakistan)

    Thanks in advance
    Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Hi Nabil,

    I hope you have gone through all the procedures for attestation. can you help me with the below query:

    Just need to know one thing, what do i need to exactly get attested from MOFA and Saudi Embassy:

    1. Original Marriage Certificate and Birth Certificate for my childern. (Issued by NADRA)

    OR

    2. Translated Marriage Certificate and Birth Certificate. (Translated in English and Arabic from Pakistan)

    Thanks in advance
    Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

  • Nabil Huda

    Salam Ajmal,

    Yes have went through the whole process successfully Alhamdulilah .

    In response to you question, please note the following.

    You need to Take the Original MRC & Birth certificate (issued by NADRA via local Union Council) to MOFA Pakistan (it is already in Urdu & English) !

    once you get your stamp .. Handover the originals to an Agent & he will get it stamped from saudi Embassy / Consulate (he will himself translate in Arabic) and give you back the full set once stamped (on original)

    Get the Docs Couriered to You, Find an “Authorized” translator in your City get your documents Translated in Arabic Again (forget the old translation).

    Pay online the MOFA stamp fee and visit MOFA to get stamped on Original, (they May or May not even ask for Translations as they just stamp the Embassy stamp.)
    http://life-in-saudiarabia.blogspot.com/2015/09/procedure-to-attest-documents-from-mofa.html

    Once done with MOFA .. Prepare your file for Istiqdam Visit.
    Good Luck !

  • Nabil Huda

    Attestation on Original is enough !

  • Nabil Huda

    Salam

    You need to Take and get stamped the Original MRC & Birth certificate (issued by NADRA via local Union Council) to MOFA Pakistan (it is already in Urdu & English) !

    once you get your stamp .. Handover the originals to an Agent & he will get it (originals) stamped from saudi Embassy / Consulate (he will himself translate in Arabic) and give you back the full set once stamped (on original)

    Get the Docs Couriered to You in KSA from Pakistan, Find an “Authorized” translator in your City get your documents Translated in Arabic Again (forget the old translation, won’t work here).

    Pay online the MOFA stamp fee and visit MOFA to get stamped on Original, (they May or May not even ask for Translations as they just stamp the Embassy stamp.)

    Once done with MOFA saudi Arabia .. Prepare your file for Istiqdam Visit.
    Good Luck !

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Thanks Nabil for your prompt response.

    So you are saying i just need to get the originals (Urdu and English) MRC and birth certificate attested from MOFA and Saudi Embassy. My brother will handle the whole case so i wont go for any agent. He will send me both the documents and i get them translated here. (Which they might or might not ask for at MOFA Saudi.

    Correct me if i am wrong anywhere.

    Thanks

  • Nabil Huda

    For MOFA Pakistan he surely can get it done (being ur blood relative) but i m not sure if Saudi Embassy entertains anyone (if he can it is good – Fast & Cost Effective), just make sure to translate it into ARABIC before you submit in EMbassy.

    Thr is Only One Document which is both languages one side english , one side urdu .. thts he one need to be MOFA & Saudi Embassy stamped.

    see samples below https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f6ee146c6988c2a1945103349e1bb2878073b3acbb1eac29a41e61ae02bed9e3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42d721aea646f50fdac46b9ab3f9f4f96dcd5713e9eb9e1faac3cbd431aaf46a.jpg

  • Nabil Huda

    i said the Translation they might or might not ask at MOFA saudia but it is better to get it done before hand from an authorized Translator in saudia. As eventually u need to submit Translation to Istiqdam.

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Ok Nabil will do the same. Thanks for your prompt help. God Bless you!

  • Zeeshan

    Thanx

  • Both.
    It is better if you translate them from KSA

  • basit bhat

    I don’t think you need a new visa.the last time when your wife left, did you issue exit re entry? if this has expired then there might be a problem, because normally when people want to leave saudi for just a few months they get the exit re entry and return before it expires without a new visa.

  • basit bhat

    They went on final exit?

  • Zeeshan

    Plx guide me
    1- Is it necessary to have orignal MRC and yellow visa slip to process in Gamca and Eitmad? Or print out or copy is enough ?

    2- What i should click while filling Eitmad appointment form for permanent visa?
    Single entry or Multiple entry

    3- How much time is required in Medical n Eitmad visa processing ?
    Almost one month or more?

    Wairing for ur kind guidence

  • Nabil Huda

    Point to Point Answer.

    1- NO, a copy is enough for GAMCA & Etimad (my experience is of Karachi), in GAMCA they may not even ask for MRC, just see the yellow Istiqdam Paper.

    2- Single Entry (Make sure u select Resident earlier in the Start)

    3A- For Medical if u do it today morning they will have it in the system tommorrow noon, Medical lab will ask you to do urgent processing to get it next day (Don’t do it) .. all Medical reports are processed within one day while u can collect them 2 days after the test.

    3B- It takes 3-5 days ( I did it for My parent (visit visa) via Normal Method & it came in 2 days in 2016)
    This time (Feb-2017) i wanted to do the same for My Wife, but they somehow convince her to go for the Lounge service to make it fast or whatever again Visa stamped in 4 calendar days) …. Although they say normal comes in 2-3 weeks and i cannot guarantee you that it will come in 3-5 days, but i will recommend going for Normal coz surely embassy sees the passport not who is normal, who is lounge.!

    Good Luck !

  • Zeeshan

    Thanks a lot for ur guidance

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    Hi Nabil,

    Do i need to get MRC and Birth Certificate to be attested from Saudi Culture? or just Saudi embassy.

  • Nabil Huda

    Nopes Only Saudi Embassy will stamp MRC & Birth Certificate … Saudi Culture Only stamps Educational Certificates

  • Faisal Patel

    Dear Steve,
    My marriage certi is chamberized and translated from saudi but MOFA from home country is not done yet. Can I get MOFA done in saudi arabia directly based on the chamber on it??

  • Imtiaz Ali

    dear My wife name is mehwish maryum in marriage certificate.. and mehwish ali in NIC .. so what i have to do for family visa…

  • Nabil Huda

    Easy Way is to Make the Passport with name same as Marriage Certificate (i.e. Mehwish Ali) b’coz later the Saudi Govt see the Passport & Marraige Certificate (same is been written on the Yellow Page Visa & Iqama). No one sees the NIC out of Pakistan.

    The catch is that Passport office will make the passport only as per the name in NIC. in that case the correct way is to take the Marriage Certificate (NADRA one recived from UC) to NADRA Kiosk & change the name (& Marital status if not changed). then Take it to Passport & onwards.

    Good Luck !

  • Imtiaz Ali

    Dear my wife name changed from maryum to ali after marriage… and also in my child b.form mehwish ali.
    So its not posdible to again changed the name in both b.form and Nic…
    ..
    Can i changed the name in marriage certificat from maryum to ali….

  • Imtiaz Ali

    And for childs visa..
    B.form required or birth certificate….?????

  • Nabil Huda

    In that case go to the Union Council and ask them to Issue a revised NADRA Marriage Registration Certificate,

  • Nabil Huda

    I m not sure … but i m sure you can search and find related information in this blog

  • Dr.Tariq Ashraf

    I want my widow mother to get family visa. She is In Ksa now till 25th July 2017 on visit visa .i am married,me and my husband are
    On job visa by same employer working as physical therapist. What are the steps should I follow regarding attestation of which documents from Karachi and Ksa?
    Regards
    hafizah Ambreen

  • Aasim Ali

    Saudi counsil stamp birth certificate necessary or only arabic translation work.

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