Degree Attestation Steps – BISE, IBCC, HEC, MoFA, UAE Embassy (Lahore, Pakistan)

After spending countless hours on the internet trying to find a DIY guide to the daunting task of degree attestation in (Lahore) Pakistan, I went all in and hope to prepare a guide for all those looking to get their Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels), Bachelors & Masters degrees attested from the relevant authorities for the purpose of obtaining a job in UAE.

Step 1: Attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels)


Procedure: 

The attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) degrees has two steps:

  • Attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) Photocopies by BISE, Lahore (4 Days to 2 weeks)
  • Attestation of (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) Original Certificates by IBCC Lahore (2 days)

Attestation of Photocopies through BISE (IBCC Equivalence Certificate holders go to the next step)

Though the attestation of both Original Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels)  lies with the IBCC, a prerequisite for attestation of original documents by IBCC is that the photocopies of the same should be attested by the relevant issuing board (for eg. BISE, Lahore). The steps involved in this process include:

  1. Visit the BISE, Lahore office situated on Mozang Road (Location: BISE, Lahore – Google Maps) with the following documents:
    • 2 photocopies of  Matriculation (SSC) Certificates
    • 2 photocopies of Intermediate (HSSC) Certificates
    • Duly filled attestation form (separate forms for Matriculation, Intermediate) can be obtained from Counter 16 at BISE office for a fee of Rs. 50/- (each) or be downloaded online from BISE Downloads Section
  2. Payment of Dues
    • Visit HBL BISE branch (located inside the BISE Office) and get Bank Challan forms  (separate forms for Matriculation, Intermediate), fill in your particulars and deposit Rs.500/- (each for Matriculation, Intermediate). In case of using a downloaded form/photocopy (as detailed above, add another Rs.50/- to the Bank Challan).
  3. Submitting your Application
    • Go to Counter 4 at BISE office with your complete application which now contains:
      • Filled Attestation forms (separate forms for Matriculation, Intermediate)
      • 2 photocopies each of  Matriculation/Intermediate.
      • Paid Challan Forms (glued to the attestation forms)
    • In case of receiving the Attested photocopies through post, give upto 2 weeks or ask the counter staff for the relevant room no. from where you can collect personally after 4-5 days.

Important Note: Once you have received your attested photocopies (sealed envelope), DO NOT open the envelope rather proceed to IBCC office for the next step.

Attestation of Original SSC, HSSC & IBCC Equivalence Certificates

Second in line is the attestation of the Original Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels Equivalence), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels Equivalence) degrees through IBCC.

Prerequisites:

  • Original IBCC Equivalence Certificates in case of O/A Levels (if your equivalence was issued by IBCC Islamabad, you would need to get it attested from Islamabad in the greater interest of time. Lahore office claims it takes 3-4 months (yes you read that right) if one is to get an IBCC Islamabad issued certificate attested from them.
  • Original Matriculation (SSC), Intermediate (HSSC) Certificates
  • Sealed Envelopes of BISE, Lahore attestation (separate for Matriculation, Intermediate)

Visit the IBCC office (located in the BISE, Lahore office) and follow these somewhat simple steps to get your Original certificates attested:

  1. Go to the attestation counter, present your BISE, Lahore attested Matriculation/Intermediate photocopies (in unopened, sealed envelopes as received from BISE, Lahore) and/or O/A Levels Equivalence Certificates to obtain a Bank Challan Form and IBCC Attestation Form (save time by downloading the IBCC Attestation Form here and pre-fill it before visiting IBCC)
  2. The fees charged by IBCC is Rs. 200/- per original certificate and Rs. 100/- per photocopy, fill in the Bank Form and visit HBL Ganga Ram Branch (5 min walk from BISE, Lahore office) and deposit the relevant fees.
  3. Return to the IBCC office after paying your dues and submit the following documents for attestation:
    • Original Matriculation (SSC), Intermediate (HSSC) certificates.
    • Original O/A Levels Certificates
    • Original O/A Levels IBCC Equivalence Certificates
    • Photocopies (as required) of SSC/HSSC/IBCC Equivalence Certificates
    • HBL Bank Challan.

The IBCC counter staff will retain the Original Certificates (barring the Original O/A Levels certificates)  and stamp a date on the back of your deposit slip that will tell you when to collect your attested certificates. Usually this is the 2nd working day after depositing the documents.

Also Read:

[Part 2] Degree Attestation Steps – BISE, IBCC, HEC, MoFA, UAE Embassy (Lahore, Pakistan)

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About aliqizalbash
Business grad, amateur photographer, numismatist, would be blogger and a chatter box.

14 Responses to Degree Attestation Steps – BISE, IBCC, HEC, MoFA, UAE Embassy (Lahore, Pakistan)

  1. Aleem says:

    JazakAllah for details. My question is , do they accept laminated degrees. It was a norm in 1990s to laminate degrees. If not then where to de-laminate the degrees without destroying them? Suggest location in Lahore

    • aliqizalbash says:

      Dear Aleem,

      Sorry for the late response, I have been very busy and did not get a chance to log in to WordPress.

      No, they do not accept laminated degrees as the attestation has to be done on the back of the degree.

      You can either do it yourself or there is a photocopy shop outside the HEC office in Lahore that does it. I believe other photocopy shops (the larger ones) would do it too.

      I, however, did it myself. Older laminated degrees are easier as the adhesive is mostly worn off. You can start by placing the degree in 3-4 layers of cloth (I used a bed sheet, multiple folds) and moved a hot iron on top. The idea was to not give direct heat, but enough to make the adhesive break apart.

      Once the corner started to lift, I gently peeled it off while making sure the degree doesn’t bend.

      Best Regards,
      Ali Ibrahim

  2. Usman says:

    Salam bro. Thanks for the info. I need to ask the procedure for attestation of Olevel and Alevel certificates. I got them attested by British Council. Can they be attested by MOFA and the consulate?

    • aliqizalbash says:

      Dear Usman,

      As detailed in my second post [Part 2] Degree Attestation Steps – BISE, IBCC, HEC, MoFA, UAE Embassy (Lahore, Pakistan), the MoFA requires prior attestation of BISE/IBCC for attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) certificates.

      Therefore, you would first have to get your certificates attested from IBCC (as detailed here).

      Best Regards,
      Ali Ibrahim

  3. Mahmoona Khizar says:

    Hi,

    Thanks for such detailed blog which is very helpful. I have one question that I need to send my attested photocopies of degrees and mark sheets for assessment to canada? Do I need to go to IBCC to get my originals attested? or BISE attested photocopies in sealed envelope are enough as the requirement is attested photocopies in sealed envelope

    • aliqizalbash says:

      Dear Mahmoona,

      Can you please detail which degrees you plan on getting attested?

      Regards,
      Ali

  4. ayesha says:

    i am having an issue with my name on the olevels equivalence certificate .
    on my one olevels certificate there was Ch in my name and on the other certificate there was no ch and when i have received my equivalence certificate there was no Ch in my name and they are saying that the year in which you have given the maximum exams we will consider that name and my id card have Ch in my name .can you please tell any procedure regarding this that how can i coreect this

    • aliqizalbash says:

      Dear Ayesha,

      Of what I know CIE considers minor changes to certificates within 18 months of issuance. For further clarity, please get in touch with the nearest British Council office.

      Regards,
      Ali

  5. Humza says:

    Can I get my documents attested from IBCC through courier service?

    • aliqizalbash says:

      As per the IBCC website, “Certificates for attestation will be accepted from the holder of the certificate, parents, brothers and sisters only.”

  6. khizer says:

    i have got my matric and fsc copies attested in sealed envelope but my cousin mistakely open the selead .. kindly tell me IBCC gona accpet it or not
    looking for ur reply

    • aliqizalbash says:

      They require a sealed envelope, you can still try your luck though.

  7. Hi Ali
    Thank you for such a nice write-up. I just need one clarification: I already have my O & A level equivalences. I just need to complete step-2 right? They won’t be in sealed envelop or something right?
    Secondly, do I need to attest Matriculation and Intermediate ‘equivalences’ from UAE Embassy? because for Saudi Arabia only BSc and Masters’ degrees are required.

  8. aliqizalbash says:

    Dear Ahsan,

    If you already heave your IBCC equivalence certificates, you can proceed directly to Step 2.

    For UAE, your latest degree is required – Masters or Bachelors, to be attested by the relevant authorities.

    Regards,
    Ali Ibrahim

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