It is undeniable that more and more Filipinos are now flying abroad to seek better employment opportunities. Skilled, unskilled and professionals also go overseas due to unemployment and underemployment situations in the country. That is why Philippines is termed as a labor exporting country.
Most Overseas Filipino Workers go to the Middle East. United Arab Emirates is one of the top OFW destinations in the world. In fact there are now more than 700,000 Filipinos working there which is almost 9% of the total UAE population.
If you are one of the Filipinos who want try their luck in a future in UAE, you should know that before you can work there you need to have a residence visa. There are some requirements to acquire a visa in the UAE and this includes your educational attainment certificate or a College Diploma. The UAE government has tightened its rules on how to acquire a visa. They now require Document Attestation by UAE Embassy and Department of Foreign Affairs Philippines for Certificates, Diplomas and Transcript of records.
When I had my documents attested by the DFA, it was my school that processed all the work and all I had to do was to pick up the attested documents at the DFA in Oceana Complex, Macapagal Ave in Pasay City. So I only had to do the work for document attestation by UAE Embassy in the Philippines.
My mother told me that during her time, having your documents attested for UAE Embassy or just having it attested by DFA was bloody tedious. She said that you have to process your paper from your school to CHED then to Malacañang and then have your documents attested by DFA and lastly to the UAE Embassy. That has change now because most schools now process your DFA Red Ribbon Documents, of if not, you can have them processed in your school then CHED will do the rest of the work so you can just pick them up in DFA. Documents with Red Ribbons are ready to be attested in the UAE Embassy.
Before you have to hand-carry your papers to the Embassy of the UAE but due to the huge growth and still increasing number of people who go there just for attestation, the embassy has stopped entertaining walk-in applicants. Don’t worry, this is not bad news.
They have now simplified the procedure of having your diploma attested by the UAE Embassy. Instead of bringing your Diploma and TOR there, you can now just go to any DHL Express branch that offers WWWExpress services.
After having your diploma and TOR authenticated or attested by the DFA, your documents are now ready for UAE Embassy Attestation.
If your documents were attested in the DFA from January 1, 2013 or onwards, make sure that you have its receipt. If not, the staff told me that you will have to bring an affidavit of loss of the receipt since it is now a requirement for the attestation by the UAE Embassy.