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Degree Attestation from Saudi Cultural Attache and Saudi Counselate

based on my experience, first get the attestation from UK and attestation from MOFA-KSA, then get the attested copy translated.

The translator has to mention in the translation, if the degree was attested by Saudi Embassy + MOFA. They cannot do that unless it is already attested.

So 1: Attestation from UK, 2: Attestation by MOFA-KSA, 3: Tranlsation from translator in KSA.

Ccan u please provide the contact details of agent who will get my ACCA certificatte attested in UK??

Hi Hammad. Try GulfVisa (info[at]gulfvisa.com). They were really helpful with the whole process.

respected Vaqas sahab,
I have got my medical done, degrees attested, children vaccination card done
now need to visit saudi culture office, they say they will give me a sealed envelop which i will take to saudi embassy.
at this point do i need an e number before visiting the embassy,
and do i need to get my attested docs translated in arabic,Please help?

PakACCA :

For some odd reason...they need an equivalence of our ACCA membership...this can be obtained from HEC who require your original transcripts and membership certificates. This shall take 10 or so working days...once u have that ..get it attested from hec mofa..saudi cultural and then the consulate.  That will be acceptable to the istiqadam

I followed the exact same procedure. I got my equivalence certificate from HEC, and after attestations from Saudi Authorities, I got my visa stamped and Alhamdulillah I am working in KSA now.
The problem arrived today. I went to Istaqdam for family visa today. They saw my equivalence attested and refused to process family visa on that. They said original degree is not attested (ACCA membership certificate is never attested in Pakistan).
Any idea what I need to do now ?

Tell ur pro to go again
They dont need ur acca attested

Alternativelygonto socpa office and check if theu give u affiliate statusbased on acca and mcom.. I used my ca to get socpa membership for family visa..

hammadashrafkhan :

Tell ur pro to go again
They dont need ur acca attested

Alternativelygonto socpa office and check if theu give u affiliate statusbased on acca and mcom.. I used my ca to get socpa membership for family visa..

Yes Socpa gave me membership. But istaqdam refused to process visa.

Taseer, getting any kind of equivalence will not help. It will only further spread out and complicate the attestation process and your ACCA certificate will remain unattested.

Since ACCA is a UK based qualification, so simply get the ACCA membership certificate attested from the Saudi Embassy & Culture office UK. No need to get involved with HEC or authorities from any other country.

The process is extremely straightforward and you will not face any issues when getting ACCA certificate attested from Saudi Culture Office/Embassy in UK. I myself and many of my friends who are ACCA qualified got our certificates attested from UK and it all went without a hitch. Your country of origin does not matter. The Istikhdam people,just want to see Saudi Culture Office/ Embassy & MOFA seals, no matter which country you get the attestations from. So just go that way and all will be fine.

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Taseer, getting any kind of equivalence will not help. It will only further spread out and complicate the attestation process and your ACCA certificate will remain unattested.

Since ACCA is a UK based qualification, so simply get the ACCA membership certificate attested from the Saudi Embassy & Culture office UK. No need to get involved with HEC or authorities from any other country.

The process is extremely straightforward and you will not face any issues when getting ACCA certificate attested from Saudi Culture Office/Embassy in UK. I myself and many of my friends who are ACCA qualified got our certificates attested from UK and it all went without a hitch. Your country of origin does not matter. The Istikhdam people,just want to see Saudi Culture Office/ Embassy & MOFA seals, no matter which country you get the attestations from. So just go that way and all will be fine.

Yes Insha ALLAH i will be doing this now. I got visa here on the basis of that equivalence (m.com from HEC). But it is not useful anymore.

I have contacted several persons in U.K and all are saying they can get attestation on a black and white photocopy, since U.K laws do not allow attestation on original certificate. Is it Ok to for istaqdam officials ? any experience ?
since I am afraid of these people, they might say then "no your original degree is not attested".

Hi Taseer,

I had the same confusion when I was getting my own CIMA certificate attested. Only the black and white copy was attested.

But this is an official rule in the UK and the Saudi Culture Office, Saudi  Embassy, MOFA KSA and Istikhdam all seem to be well aware of this rule regarding the UK. I faced no issues at any stage.

The process is very usual for UK expats who are working in KSA. I myself am from Pakistan, but the MOFA and Istikhdam did not even demand my original certificate when they saw UK Embassy stamp on black and white photocopy

Just make sure that on your Visa Application Form, you write the level of Qualification as 'Masters' rather than 'Professional Qualification'. The term 'Professional Qualification' will just confuse the person processing your application and since ACCA is already equivalent to a Masters, so its better to use a term which is better understood in KSA.

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Hi Taseer,

I had the same confusion when I was getting my own CIMA certificate attested. Only the black and white copy was attested.

But this is an official rule in the UK and the Saudi Culture Office, Saudi  Embassy, MOFA KSA and Istikhdam all seem to be well aware of this rule regarding the UK. I faced no issues at any stage.

The process is very usual for UK expats who are working in KSA. I myself am from Pakistan, but the MOFA and Istikhdam did not even demand my original certificate when they saw UK Embassy stamp on black and white photocopy

Just make sure that on your Visa Application Form, you write the level of Qualification as 'Masters' rather than 'Professional Qualification'. The term 'Professional Qualification' will just confuse the person processing your application and since ACCA is already equivalent to a Masters, so its better to use a term which is better understood in KSA.

Yes I have written masters on my application form. Insha ALLAH will now be sending my certificate for attestation in U.K and will try again later.

Thanks for your help brother. Jazak ALLAH.

Hi there,

I am facing the same case now a days.I have recently moved to KSA and I am ACCA member. I am planning for apply for family visa . Can you please provide any agent's contact deail in UK who can help me out to attest my ACCA membership certificate...
Also, Can I have your contact number in case of any assistance.

Thanks & Regards,
Syed Saim Ali

Hi Saim. You can contact gulfvisa.com (info[at]gulfvisa.com). I'm sending my personal contact number to you in the Inbox, in case you want to speak about this..

Pls go to socpa office with ur acca certificate and maybe they will admit u as socpa member. Try ur luck.

Thanks

I handed over my attested ACCA membership to the government services department of my company yesterday, and I found out today that my application had been rejected because the government does not hand out family visa on the basis of "memberships".

Seriously bummed out right now since I'd assumed from this thread that it wouldn't be a problem.

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