Consular Section PO Box 248 Abu Dhabi Tel: (971) (2) 610 1100 Fax: (971) (2) 610 1609 www.ukinuae.fco.gov.uk CERTIFICATION OF EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES IN ABU DHABI The authorities in Abu Dhabi have set the requirements for the certification of educational documents. The British Embassy and British Council are aware that the procedure for certifying educational certificates in Abu Dhabi is quite a complicated and lengthy process. We have therefore drawn up this guidance to help British nationals needing their certificates verified. The procedure is different if you are in Abu Dhabi or the UK. In Abu Dhabi If you are living in Abu Dhabi, before taking your certificates to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are three main steps in this process: 1. British Council The original educational certificate initially has to be taken to the British Council and a fee of AED120.00 per stamp (subject to change without notice) should be paid at the time of application. The British Council undertakes this service at CERT (HCT) on Muroor Road and is open for this service from 9am until 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. The British Council will verify that the educational institute exists and that the individual named on the certificate was awarded the qualification. For verification, the British Council will contact the relevant institution. A reply is usually received within five working days, although it may take longer. Please be aware that if the UK issuing institution requests an additional fee for verifying the document, the customer will have to make the payment to the university directly to get the verification letter from them. When the certificate has been verified an appointment will be made for you to come back to the British Council to collect your original certificate. Please carry an original photographic ID. If somebody is bringing the certificate on your behalf, they need to bring a signed authorisation form from the certificate holder, the certificate holder’s original ID and a signed copy of a Terms and Conditions document. The authorisation form and the Terms and Conditions document will be given at the time of application. Please call (02) 665 8778 for further details and directions. 2. British Embassy The British Embassy will attest the stamp and signature of the British Council. You will need to bring the certificate(s) to the Consular Section for this service. The address of the British Embassy is: British Embassy Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street Abu Dhabi PO Box 248. The Embassy is just off the Corniche, near the Hilton Baynouna Hotel. A detailed map can be found on the website (www.ukinuae.fco.gov.uk). The Consular Section is open to the public from 8am until 1pm, Sunday to Thursday. The cost is AED190 per certificate (the fee is set in accordance with the current rate of exchange and is therefore subject to periodic change). The Embassy is normally able to stamp the certificate there and then. However, on the rare occasions that an officer is not available you may be asked to return the next day. The Embassy does not require you to bring any identification. 3. The Legalisation Office, Milton Keynes The British Embassy’s signature then has to be attested by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes, UK. Their address is: The Legalisation Office Norfolk House (West) 437 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 2AH The documents can be sent by post (we recommend by courier or special delivery) and the Legalisation Office charge £28 per certificate, plus £6 for return postage (subject to change). There are various ways that these charges can be paid, including through the website. Details of how to pay and further information can be found on the website, www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation If you are returning to the UK and wish to take these documents in person, the public counter of the Legalisation Office is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm, Tuesday to Friday. In UK If you are in the UK, or have the option of travelling back to the UK, there are also three steps to the process: 1. Notary Public You should take the certificate to a Notary Public (most solicitors’ offices in the UK offer this service). The cost of this service will depend upon the individual solicitor’s office. 2. The Legalisation Office, Milton Keynes The signature of the Notary Public then has to be attested by the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Milton Keynes, UK. Their address is: The Legalisation Office Norfolk House (West) 437 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 2AH The documents can be sent by post (we recommend by courier or special delivery) or taken in person. The public counter of the Legalisation Office is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. The Legalisation Office charges £28 per certificate, plus £6 for return postage. There are various ways that these charges can be paid, including through the website. Details of how to pay and further information can be found on the website, www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation 3. UAE Embassy, London The FCO’s signature has to be attested at the UAE Embassy in London. The address of the Embassy is: UAE Embassy 48 Prince’s Gate London, SW7 2QA Tel no: 0207 808 8306 e-mail: email@example.com The legalisation Department of the Embassy is open from 9.30am until 1pm, Monday to Friday. Up to date information, such as the current fees, can be found on the Embassy’s website, www.uaeembassyuk.net. The information in this leaflet is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the Embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.
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