So, you finally decided to work in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. You will definitely need to submit documents (Transcript of Records, diploma, etc) which were authenticated by the UAE Embassy in Manila.
The process of authenticating UAE-required documents has been simplified (yes, believe me, it used to be very complicated).
Step 1: Bring documents for authentication to the issuing government agency. In the case of Transcript of Records and diploma, go to any CHED regional office.
Step 2: Receive a DFA claim stub which indicates the date of release of authenticated documents from DFA. It is very important that you keep the stub and follow the release date.
Step 3: Claim the authenticated documents from DFA. If you will send a representative to pick up the document, be sure to write an authorization letter and attach a copy of your ID which shows your signature. Fee: P100.00.
Step 4: Send DFA authenticated documents to the UAE Embassy through any branch of DHL Wide Wide World Express. There is no other way of submitting documents for authentication to the UAE Embassy except through DHL Wide Wide World Express. Take note, not all DHL are Wide Wide World Express.
P1,700.00 per DFA red ribbon
P 50.00 - DHL charge for converting your cash to Manager's cheque (don't ask, its just like that)
P P385.00 - DHL courier charge (within Metro Manila)
Processing: 5-7 working days
Step 5: DHL delivers your documents.
There is a way to trim the process to 3 easy steps although it will take more time.
First, submit your documents to DFA. and receive your claim stub.
Second, go to any branch of DHL WWWExpress. Submit the stub, pay the DFA fee of P100.00, pay P2,135.00 fee for UAE and pay the P385.00 courier fee. DHL will claim your document from DFA and forward it to the UAE Embassy.
Third, receive the authenticated document delivered to your address. Processing: 15 days
Allot sufficient time, about 1 month, to secure your documents and submit them for authentication.
For further information:
For a list of documents for authentication, visit the DFA Website. You may also download an authentication form. It also contains contact information of relevant government agencies. You may also call DFA at (632) 834-4000 (trunkline) and request that you be connected to the Authentication Office.
Update from OFW Abroad:
The DFA advises that beginning 12 March 2008, all unclaimed DFA Authentication Certificates will be disposed of after three (3) months from the scheduled date of release due to lack of storage space in the Authentication releasing area. This measure is also to minimize the risk of fire hazard in the area.