Document Attestation of a South African Degree for the UAE December 10, 2015 13:57

For those South Africans looking to work abroad as a expat in the Middle East the first step is to attest your Degree/ Diploma. Firstly you would need to check the status of your Degree/ Diploma to see whether it is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. Check the following website: 

http://www.dhet.gov.za/SiteAssets/Events/Register%20of%20Private%20Higher%20Education%20Institutions%2024%20February%202014.pdf

Obviously, most SA government institutions will be registered- University of Pretoria, UCT, University of Stellenbosch, UNISA and the Technology Universities such as TUT, CPUT & DUT. 

If your qualification meets the list above (or is a mainline Gov institution) then it can be attested by the DHET in Pretoria. See the following steps: 

1. Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)

The department will stamp a copy of your qualification and create a cover page which is then used in the next step. 

2. Department of International Relations and Co operation (DIRCO)

DIRCO will accept the letter from the authorised official from DIRCO. They will then issue their cover letter and will bind the document. This is ready to be taken to the Embassy if required. Note that if the embassy is a Haque convention country this is the last step. If it is not part of the Haque convention it will be "Authenticated" and taken to the relevant embassy. 

3. Embassy (UAE, Qatar, Kuwait etc.)

The final stage in the Document Attestation process is to take the document to the relevant embassy to get an embassy stamp. In the case of the UAE, payment must be made via an EFT. All other embassies are on a cash only basis. Charges vary from embassy to embassy. 

This is a critical step in ensuring that the documents are attested and to ensure that your employer (say in the UAE) can then issue you with a working VISA for the skills and qualification you possess. Should you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us either by phone: +27(0)12 003 2910 or via email: estimate@documentattestation.co.za.