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    Posted June 26, 2014 by
    United Arab Emirates

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    Expats with Foreign Degree not Attested by Homeland Embassy to undergo strict investigation in the Gulf

    The Education Ministries and Board Authorities announced that all foreign degrees now need to be legalized by the embassy the individual is a citizen of. “We have so far seized more than 7,000 degrees not Attested by the Homeland Embassy,” an Education Ministry official addressed at a press conference.

    The use of non legalized degrees to seek employment in the Gulf is a widespread phenomenon. With thousands of foreign nationals working in the Gulf, the number of non legalized degrees in the GCC is increasing at an alarming rate.

    The need of legalization is of such immense importance that several Ministry officials have clamored for a comprehensive investigation in order to eliminate the use of non legalized degrees held by foreign nationals. The Ministry of Labor shall be strict with their attestation requirements July onwards and all such degree documents that are not legalized by the candidate’s homeland embassy shall undergo strict investigations.

    “Each year the number of foreign residents in the GCC is rising, thus an increase in non legalized degrees from countries such as Australia, Canada, USA, India and more” said a Ministry Official. The need of attesting foreign degrees is of paramount significance, since the homeland embassy’s verification adds credibility to the document and it makes further attestations easier to process. Attestations and Strict Verifications are essential for strengthening the education sector by improving its quality.

    As a result of this policy, several accrediting bodies, education bureaus and international universities are offering legalization services for current students as well as alumni in order to meet the rise in demand of embassy legalization.

    In order to combat the use of Non Legalized degree in the Gulf, several industries, consultants, education ministries and departments have tightened up the screening process of educational credentials. With these new stringent procedures, Gulf Ministry officials hope to counter the rise of Non Legalized degrees and to provide a stable, unbiased and dedicated approach for the Gulf Education Sector.
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