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

Since I am being systematic in my approach towards degree attestation, attestation of Bachelors / Masters degree is being categorized as Step 2. Please note that HEC does NOT require Attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) so in order to attest Bachelors / Masters degrees. This guide will outline my experience at the HEC Regional Office Ghalib Market, Lahore.

Step 2: Attestation of Bachelors / Masters Degree [HEC]


Before visiting the HEC office:

  1. Create your online profile on HEC’s Degree Attestation Service (DAS): http://das.hec.gov.pk/
  2. Enter your academic record, starting from Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels) upto your latest degree (Bachelors / Masters) under the “Education” tab.
  3. Proceed to the “Next Step” using the online form and select the documents you wish to be attested per level (Degree/Equivalence Certificate, Transcript, Provisional Certificate) & the regional office you wish to visit. For each original document, HEC charges Rs. 800 whereas for every photocopy Rs. 500 are charged. If your transcript is more than 1 page, Rs. 800 * number of pages will be charged for original whereas Rs. 500 * number of pages for photocopies.
  4. Press “Submit” and now you will get an option to “Print” both the “Bank Challan” & the “Attestation Form”. If you have a printer handy, you might as well print it, otherwise there is a lab facility at the HEC office from where you can print the documents.

Day of visiting the HEC office:

Mandatory document requirements

Make sure you have the following documents with you on the day you visit the HEC office:

  • Original Matriculation (SSC), O’Levels Certificates with IBCC equivalence.
  • Original Intermediate (HSSC), A’Levels Certificates with IBCC equivalence.
  • Original Bachelors Degree with Transcripts
  • Original Masters Degree with Transcripts
  • Original CNIC
  • 1 x photocopy of each document above for HEC record.
  • Additional photocopies of each document you want photocopies attested for.
  • Authority letter, duly attested by a Grade 17 officer in case of submission through an authorized person.

Points to consider before visiting HEC

  • Your name should be the same throughout all educational certificates, degrees, transcripts (Matriculation, Intermediate, Bachelors and/or Masters) as well as the CNIC/Passport otherwise HEC would not attest your documents
  • Your father’s name should be the same throughout all educational certificates, degrees, transcripts (Matriculation, Intermediate, Bachelors and/or Masters) as well as the CNIC/Passport otherwise HEC would not attest your documents
  • Your Date of Birth should be the same on your CNIC/Passport and Matriculation Certificate; otherwise HEC would not attest your documents.
  • HEC only attests documents of HEC recognized institutes, if you have a foreign degree you would have to first apply for an equivalence certificate through HEC’s Degree Equivalence Service http://des.hec.gov.pk/

Procedure

  • In the greater interest of time you should be at the gate by 7:30 am and enroll yourself in the “Manual Register” with the security guards.
  • At 8:00 am you would be allowed to enter into the main hall, where an HEC representative would distribute tokens according to your entry in the manual register.
  • For those who do not have prints of the Bank Challan/Attestation forms, you would now be told to head towards a nearby lab from where you can get the prints.
  • Your token would now be called on both the speaker and the screen up front directing you towards a counter.
  • Counter 1 & 2 accept, scrutinize and place in order the documents which include:
    • Original degrees, transcripts, certificates (Matriculation upto Bachelors/Masters)
    • Set of photocopies of each document for HEC record and additional photocopies of each document you want photocopies attested for
    • Original CNIC
    • Photocopy of CNIC
    • Bank Challan
    • Attestation form

The HEC officer would staple all documents together after verification and guide you to the next counter. Only your CNIC is returned at this stage.

  • Counter 3 (or the Bank Window) is where you would make the necessary payments for attestation. You would now be guided to the next counter.
  • Counter 4 is where you would deposit the set of documents and the HEC officer would give you the “Applicant Copy” of the Bank Challan with a manual number written up top (this would be your receiving token number) and a stamp at the back along with a manual number (this would be the number or original documents that you have submitted to the HEC, make sure to double check it).
  • You would now be asked to visit the office again between 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm for collection of attested documents. Counter 4 would call out the “receiving token number” as printed on your copy of the Bank Challan, once again make sure that all your original documents are returned and the required attestations are in place.

Note: If you arrive on time, i.e you have a token by 8:00 am (I was token # 25) you would be done with submission by 9:30 am after which you can go back to your home/work and return at 3:00pm for receiving the attested documents.

Step 3: Attestation of Educational Documents [Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)]


Prerequisites:

  • For attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels) degrees, prior attestation of BISE/IBCC is mandatory as detailed in Step 1: Attestation of Matriculation (SSC, O’Levels), Intermediate (HSSC, A’Levels)
  • For attestation of Bachelors / Masters Degree prior attestation of HEC is mandatory
  • 1 x photocopy of each document above for MoFA record
  • Additional photocopies of each document you want photocopies attested for.
  • Original CNIC / Photocopy

Procedure:

  • Visit MoFA Camp Office located in Shadman II, Lahore.
  • From the first counter, obtain “Attestation Stamps” as per the MoFA schedule of charges.
  • Affix stamps on your educational documents (original and/or photocopies)
  • Proceed to the “Attestation Area” on the 1st floor.
  • Show your educational documents / CNIC to the MoFA officer sitting near the token machine, who will verify the documents and give you a token.
  • Token’s would be announced on the over-head screen.
  • Upon your turn, proceed to the designated counter and submit your documents.
  • You would be given a collection time (normally 2 hours after submission).

Step 4: Attestation of Educational Documents [UAE Embassy]

This has to be the easiest of all steps. The Embassy of the UAE in Islamabad does not accept documents for attestation directly from applicants, but has authorized courier companies to act on its behalf.

The details can be found at their website here: UAE Embassy in Islamabad – Document Attestation

Step 5: Attestation of Educational Documents within UAE [Pakistan Consulate and MoFA UAE]

Welcome to the UAE! The first thing you need to do once you land here is to have your educational documents attested within UAE by the Consulate General of Pakistan & MoFA UAE for them to be accepted by employers to apply for your residence visa.

Procedure:

  • Visit the Consulate General of Pakistan in Bur Dubai (as shown in the map below). The consulate opens at 7AM, be there on time in order to avoid long queues. The easiest way is to take the Metro and exit at “Burjuman” and walk the remaining distance (less than 10 minutes)

  • Go to the relevant counter and pay the fees (AED 12 at the time of writing, verify here) and submit your degree.
  • Wait for a while till your name is called, you would now be handed your attested degree.
  • Walk for a few more minutes to MoFA UAE (as in the map below):

  • Get your token and you will be guided to the “e-dirham” counter. MoFA UAE only accepts the “e-dirham” card as a source of payment.
  • Make the payment of AED 150 + 6 (card fees).
  • Wait till your token is called out, upon which an officer of the MoFA UAE would paste an AED 150 sticker, stamp & sign it for verification.

Your degree is now officially recognized in the UAE.

 

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

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

  1. Henna says:

    Why do we need to get degrees attested from mofa?

    • aliqizalbash says:

      It’s a prerequisite for attestation by the UAE Embassy.

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