10-minute Marriage Certificate Attestation at Tasheel Marina Mall – Abu Dhabi UAE

Marriage Attestation - iamjmkayne.com

This is another #PublicServiceBlog post regarding one of the many requirements a married couple has to do in order to be legally recognized as “married” and/or be able to sponsor a spouse and other family members here in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

We’ve been married for three years and the intention of attesting our documents have always been on hold due to some papers to prepare here and there. So only this year we did what is required. Here are the simple steps to do it.

Step 1. Get your NSO (yellow green paper) marriage license

Step 2. Have it attested in the Philippine DFA* (Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila (We’ve used DHL to do this process and costs as around 3,000 Php) 

*DFA shall return your Marriage Contract with a cover letter and a red ribbon + a blue (UAE MOFA) stamp at the back of it.

Finally, another attestation is needed when your papers reach here in the UAE. The simplest way to do it is through the TASHEEL Infinity Service in Marina Mall which took only 10 minutes or less! In fact my bus ride is even longer than the process! Happy customer here! 🙂

Step 3 – MOFA Attestation

Here’s how I did it.
I took the bus #7 from Elektra Street going to the main entrance of Marina mall, I guess it took around 35-40 minutes one way.

TASHEEL is on the lower floor of Paris Gallery, so I went straight to it and at the reception, you’d simply say I need my papers to be attested (with your greetings of course 🙂 heheh showing some manners ) … and the receptionist will gladly give you the waiting number. Although she asked a few questions related to where did you have your marriage because there are 2 ways, I guess.

My number was 2255, on queue are 2 people and in less than 5 minutes it was my turn!

-MOFA Marriage Certificate attestation on iamjmkayne.com

As I approached the officer, he   asked for the marriage certificate, checked the back page and the UAE blue stamp then asked if I have a debit/credit* card for the payment.

*No cash is accepted, so make sure you bring a credit/debit card.

Gave my card and entered the pin, then he returned it with the receipt, took another paper ( a sticker) and stamp it on the back page! That costs 160/- AED.

That’s it!

To my surprise I asked him “Is that it!?!”

“Yes it is!” he answered with a smile. I said thank you!

To be honest, it took me so long to process this paper because all the while I thought I still need to go here and there then pass this and that and come back after a few days. But how efficient and fast was that! So, to you who plans to do it, there is no need to wait!


Tasheel Marina Mall 

Location: Lower ground area of Paris Gallery Marina Mall

Tel. No. 02-6811644 | Email: faraz@infinity.ae | Website: www.infinity.ae

Timing : 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Days: Saturdays to Thursdays (Closed on Fridays)


#InAbuDhabi

Note: For other nationalities, the same process applies. Steps 1 and 2 must be done first in your home country’s version of Foreign Affairs authority & UAE Embassy + Step 3.

 

Hope this short post helped you.

 

God bless,

JM SIGNATURE-black


 

How to get a Police Clearance Certificate in Abu Dhabi (2017) – with 2018 updates

Police Clearance Certificate (PPC) is a good conduct certificate for an individual taken from your home country or overseas if you have stayed in that country for a while.

Just like me – been in Abu Dhabi for almost 9 years now. In the Philippines, this is pretty much the version of our NBI Clearance.

PPC is usually needed for new employments in government or semi-government companies, so as some other private companies. Some use it for immigration purposes to a few European countries, Australia,  🇦🇺 Ireland, 🇮🇪 and Canada🇨🇦.

Getting one here in Abu Dhabi is easy. There are 2 options:

Option 1: Online. – You can either log in to MOI website (www.moi.gov.ae) or download their app.

This will require you to log in with your Emirates ID, Activate it via your mobile number (in my case, my number was not updated, that’s why I opt to option 2) and then you Fill up the form. Finally, you pay for the cost. Since I haven’t tried this option, I am not sure if the certificate will be released right then and there. Nevertheless according to what I’ve read in some other blogs; it is released right away.

Option 2: In Person. You need to visit Khalidiya Police Station (or any other nearby Police Station).

You enter the station & the reception will guide you. You need to present only your Emirates ID and a number will be given to you.

The queue wasn’t that long, 3-4 persons were ahead of me and in no time my number (C-045) was served! The counters are not the usual counter we find in service centers, instead, it’s an open room where you could comfortably seat (although the stay is short) I guess I spent about 5 minutes only.

What is required.

  • Emirates ID
  • Debit/Credit card for a payment of 54/- AED

The only requirement is Emirates ID. Although personally I have prepared a *copy of the E-Id, my *passport (original) and *copies of the main page & visa page). *These are just optional, I’ve read it in some web pages, so I tried to be ready with these papers. Just in case you know…

Debit/Credit card 💳 is mandatory. As I noticed they don’t accept cash payments. Therefore make sure you have your card with you.

At the counter, you give your queue number & Emirates ID. The personnel then will fill your data on the system & asks you for your debit/credit card for the payment. At the same time, he/she will also ask for the purpose why you need the PPC. After that, she’ll give you the receipt with the reference number and will advise you when to go back to claim your certificate. In my case, I can take it the next day. So basically it’s just one day. But for others, it may take 2-3 days.

Overall I would say I spent less than an hour in doing this process. Isn’t it convenient!?! Thumbs up 👍🏼to Abu Dhabi/UAE for making this process quicker! I do hope that the Philippines🇵🇭 will have such capacity to process any government documents with one ID! Rather than a paper 📝 of this and another paper for that, photo here and a copy of this there …  etcetera. Someday, in God’s perfect time I know that “change” will happen too!

Hope this post helps you!


Collection: Since I applied on a weekend (Thursday), my collection schedule is Sunday.

This one took me almost an hour. Only one counter was opened doing all the processes, I arrived at 9:30 and got my paper at 10:25 am.


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UPDATE as of January 2018 – Shared by Chris

Hi JM, unfortunately now they will not entertain anybody in any police stations here in auh. After days of processing we finally made it. Just go to any immigration typing center and make a request with a fee of AED 145 and a no objection letter from your sponsor/company. Just make sure that they type all your infos correctly otherwise you need to go back again because your request will be returned for modification. And when you will recieve the approval just go to immigration officers and they will update your number.

For those who doesnt have a driving licence use the MOI app because you cannot acces the Auh police app without it. Goodluck!!

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UPDATE as of February 2018 – Shared by itsmeshey (@SiLlyrehs)

Itsmeshey  – Edit

Hi, update ko lang exempted po ang “lahat” ng mga filipino na in between jobs or may eid. Feb 18 po ipinatupad yan. Feb 20 ako nagpunta sa isa sa typing offices nila. pinakita sakin memo nila, written in arabic nga lang po. Hanggang July po ito dahil pinagiisipan pa ang mas madaling proceso para dito. Pero sa other nationalities na balak o kasalukuyang nasa trabaho ay required po ito.

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UPDATE as of 31 March 2018 – Shared by TIN 

Tin – March 31, 2018 at 10:01 AM

(in Reply to Rommel’s comment) . . . Sa may Mussafah Police Station ako nag asikaso isang araw lang. Lapit lang un sa dalma mall walking distance pagbaba ng bus stop dun. Dala ko present id,copy of previous eid,offer letter saka debit card,in some cases hinahanap din NOC. May case na walang present id (as visit visa) pero may kopya ng dating eid plus dinala din nya pati form ng pagkuha ng id nya dati gang pagcancel,for supporting document na may record na sya dito sa uae. In fairness 1 day lang din naayos tyempuhan lang din yata kaya sabayan lagi ng prayer lam naman natin bilis mag iba ng rules. Andun din typing center sa loob mismo na mag aupdate ng number or maggagawa ng request. Mabait mga police laloy nasa reception un muna unang kakausapin. Naka 200 yata ako kaya better bus lang pagpunta tipid hehe sa may gold center abangan. D masamang magtry…

And nakuha ko na nga din palay sakin sa email bago matapos yung 24 hrs kaya d nako bumalik. Lam ko 2 days pinakamatagal na release kaya pag wala pa within that time better bumalik sa typing center na nag asikaso sayo baka may namaling infos lalo nay email kaya dpa dumadating. Baka lang po.


UPDATE as of 01 APRIL 2018 

From Khaleej Times – Good Conduct Suspended

God bless!


NOTE: Please read the UPDATES according to dates that I added. To help you find it easier, I have asked permission from those who commented below to add it up in the main blog post. 🙂


 

OEC 2.0 (2016 Version)

So, last year I have created a blog post entitled Exit-OEC. This was about how to create your online OFW data and the process of logging in to bmonline.com where you have to register your details as an OFW and be able to request for an appointment in getting OEC (Overseas Employment Certificate).
This year as a prep for my January 2016 (unplanned) vacation, I have gone through the same process but with a little bit of improvements. On this post, I am sharing you my experience during my 27 Dec 2016 – OEC Appointment schedule.
 
I have logged in to my account, schedule the appointment and after completing it, I have received this Email Confirmation.
 
After deciding of when to go home as a result of the blog post The Fear of Losing Job, I have purchased my ticket and did the steps below for OEC 2.0.
 

Note: I have highlighted the Official Steps (in yellow) as the Steps you take when you are onsite during your appointment date. The steps below are “My Steps” according to how I did this process.

My Step 1 – Log in to Balik Manggagawa online (make sure you keep your details) 
Log in and find that green box where you are able to know if you are exempted to get a new OEC or you need to do another appointment/schedule. In my case I was redirected to make another appointment. I didn’t really totally understand why I am redirected to it when in fact majority of those who travelled last year has an exemption… but according to this article, some reasons are stated. Check out Question no. 8.
 
So, I logged in and arrived at my profile. Under this profile are 3 items : 
1. Personal Data, 
2. Contract Particulars and 
3. Legal Beneficiaries / Qualified Dependents
 
You can freely change details if you have changed to another employer or if other information has been changed. I clicked the upper right green box and I was redirected to the appointment schedule. I entered my flight dates and the calendar pops up where I could choose a specific date for the appointment.
 
This is my main profile page and on the upper right, you’ll see the green box to either acquire or be exempted for OEC.
For those who are exempted, this one will show up:
Photo from:  poea.gov.ph/files 
My Step 2 – On the Day – Go to the Appointment on time
My schedule was at 9:00 am – 27 November 2016.
First schedule was my 2015 appointment .. Don’t know what happened that it shows “cancelled” when I have completed it. maybe that’s why I was not able to get my exemption this year.

 

 

 

Then under that is my schedule this year – it says “approved”

 

My Step 3 – Struggle where to go
Yep! I am adding that step simply because when I arrived in the embassy, I struggle to find someone (or a visible guide) who could actually guide me properly on where to go. So get inside the office  look around, trying to ask questions to fellow OFWs (whose answers are also “I don’t know” because they too are on the same ground as me), and then I found this A4 paper posted on the wall for the process and although I wasn’t sure if I understood it correctly but I proceeded to the OWWA line – as step 4.
 
Step 3.1 (Official Step 1)
Extra Step before Step 4 (if you’re registering the first time, or if you’ve changed your company). Outside the office is an area where (Official) Step 1 starts, it’s where you as first timer/ if changed company starts the process. You need to bring the following:
  • Original and copy of your contract
  • Original and copy of your passport font page (main info) and the back page 
  • Original and copy of your visa

 

Above documents has to be submitted to the assigned personnel including a form that they give you onsite. Once completed, you proceed to Step 2
 
My Step 4 – Queue for OWWA (Official Step 2)
OWWA payments are collected every 2 years, that means your 92 AED (around 1,196 Php : if 1 AED is 13 pesos) will be your membership fee for the next 2 years, let’s say for example in my case I paid that amount in 2015 Nov and so mine is still valid until 2017 Nov.
As I reached my turn, the officer told me, it’s still valid (saved my 92 AED this time 🙂 ) then I flew right away to the next line. – Step 5 OEC.
 
Step 5 – Queue for OEC (Official Step 3)
I was the 8th or 9th person in line. This day is not that busy though, so it was a bit of smooth, in fact I have completed the process in 25-30 minutes.
 
OEC Fee is 10 AED (Around 130 pesos)
 
Process Complete!
 

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MY REVIEW:
This day’s appointment is somehow 3.5*. (5* if I am totally satisfied). Let me explain… I gave 3.5 out of 5 because I think, the Embassy missed to assign a proper reception to receive the applicants. 
 
I would suggest:
First, that they prepare a small table right in the entrance to POLO/OWWA Office before entering to the main villa. One who could guide if the person should proceed directly to which step and at the same time issue the forms required.
 
Second, that all staff “still” needs to be friendly. Wonder why I say so? Because few years back, I vented out my frustration about how some of the officers attended me and other people.. Wanna know what I wrote? Read that on this Facebook review PH Embassy on 2013 page.
 
Out of the 3 staffs I met on this day, 2 of them are pleasant, but one is not. I won’t say if he/she but that person somehow made me and other OFWs disrespected, but I just let it go. 
 
The fact that I have completed this process in half an hour or less is already a good thing. I just hope that it is going to be faster and more efficient than ever. Still giving a thumbs up though!
 
Hope this blog helped! tell me your experiences too!
 
God Bless!
 

NOL Card Recharge thru ADCB App

I rarely use a bus, but in some circumstances I do. So recently I found out that instead of making a queue to re-charge your NOL Card, here is actually an app that provides a faster way to re-charge!

But you have to be an ADCB user… (I’m not sure if other banks do have their own app) – as of me ADCB App (from the App Store). Here is the step by step guide to that.
Of course you have to download the ADB App first, which looks like this:

 

Photo from : http://adcb.android.informer.com

1. Log-In to your app

2. On the main page are the options:

 

Choose PAY BILLS

3. Then click the option NOL TOP UP (second choice on the right)

4. Add a PAYEE

 

Press PAY NOW and follow further required details

5. Add your NOL TAG ID – This is the 10-digit number at the back of your NOL Card.

Swipe the button to choose ADD LIST OF REGISTERED SERVICES so that you don’t need to repeat this process again in your next transactions.

6.  Give this Service a name. In my case I call it NOLjm.

7. Enter Amount. They have a minimum of 20 AED.

 

Enter your desired cash and hit next.
8. Verify Payment

 

Click submit

9. Enter OTP (One-Time-Password) which they will send to your mobile and click continue!

 

And it will show you this!

Hope this one helps!

God bless!