Degree Certificate Attestation: What You Need to Know
Degree Certificate Attestation What You Need to Know
Degree Certificate Attestation What You Need to Know Relocating to a foreign country is a troubling and daunting task, and all your troubles usually start with getting your documents certificated. Attestation is the process of analyzing the genuineness of your documents and legalizing them with the official stamp and seal from various departments, proving their authenticity.
Educational certificates, especially degree certificates, are compulsory for individuals who need an employment visa, resident visa, who plan to study abroad or migrate to another country.
Some countries like the Philippines require a transcript of records attestation with the degree certificate. Others require a course completion letter and a student visa (for non-locals) as supporting documents for attestation. Most countries allow degree certificate attestation alone, depending on the purpose and requirement of the applicant.
Before the foreign affairs attestation, the country’s Ministry of Education or Commission on Higher Education needs to attest the document first to verify that it’s genuine.
Process of degree certification
Let’s assume you’re relocating from the UK to the UAE. Since your new employer doesn’t recognize the genuineness of your UK degree certificates, you have to do a UK certificate attestation – solicitor, Apostille, UAE Embassy in London, and MOFA UAE.
The attestation procedure goes through the following steps:
Step 1: Notary Public Stamp on the Degree Certificate
Your educational certificates need to be certified by a UK notary/solicitor. A notary public is an individual who is authorized to notarize documents. They cross-check your identification and then put their sign and stamp and an official seal.
Step 2: Acquire an Apostille Stamp from the FCO – Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK
After the solicitor stamp, you need to get an Apostille stamp attached to your documents by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). An Apostille is a one-page document that certifies the authenticity of your certificates.
The UK is a member of the Hague Convention, which recognizes the Apostille as a certificate of authenticity of the document.
Degree certificates authenticated by the Apostille stamps don’t require further evidence of their credibility.
Step 3: Legalization by the UAE Embassy in the UK.
Your degree certificates, along with the Apostille, are then forwarded to the UAE embassy in the UK (country of issue) for further attestation.
Step 4: Attestation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in UAE
After your documents are legalized by the FCO and the UAE embassy in the UK, the next step is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) attestation in the UAE (the host country). This is the final step of the attestation process, and upon its completion, the processing requester can proceed with the visa formalities.
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