How to perform the degree attestation for Saudi Arabia?

Apply In order to change your profession on an Iqama, you need to attest your degrees from the Saudi Arabian Embassy of the country which issued this degree certificate. In this article, we have explained the procedure for Procedure for degree attestation for Saudi Arabia.

Why do we need a degree attestation for Saudi Arabia?

Change the Iqama Profession

In Saudi Arabia, the profession of your visa can be different from your actual profession.  For example, it is possible that the profession on your Iqama is “General Labor” but you are working as a Financial Analyst in a company.

In order to change the profession on your iqama, you need the attested degree from the Saudi Embassy in the country which issued the degree certificate. Recommended: How to change the Iqama profession in Saudi Arabia?

Apply for a permanent family visa

You may have to change your profession as you want to bring your family here on permanent family visa or family visit visa. The procedure to attest degrees for Saudi Arabia is explained in detail in this article.

Useful tips for the degree attestation for Saudi Arabia

I would recommend you to read every bit of it in detail, otherwise, you will be asking questions from others for something which is already given below.

  1. Please make sure that name on your degrees is the same as the name on your Iqama. It happens several times that while writing the name in Arabic on the Iqama, Jawazat people don’t care for this.
  2. My application has been rejected once because of the inconsistency of name on the Iqama and the Degree certificate. In this case, you need to change the name on Iqama.

How to perform the degree attestation for Saudi Arabia?

Two Letters for the degree attestation

The first step in the process for a degree attestation for Saudi Arabia is to get two letters from your company requesting the Saudi Cultural Office and the Saudi Embassy in your respective country to attest the degrees.

Letters should contain your name, your current profession, your desired profession and your date of joining the company. A current profession in the letter should be the same as of your Iqama. Recommended: Sample Letters from Employer for Degree Attestation

There was a requirement to attest the above-mentioned letter from the Chamber of Commerce and MOFA. But few readers have commented that this is no more required.

Degree attestation from the Saudi embassy and the Saudi Culture office

After this, you need to send these letters along with your degree certificate to the Saudi Embassy and Saudi Cultural Office along with the degree. 

Before, the Saudi Embassy and Saudi Culture Office, you may have to attest these degrees by some education commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your Native country.

Required Documents for the degree attestation for Saudi Arabia

  • Original Letters addressing to the Saudi Embassy and the Saudi Culture Office
  • A copy of your Iqama
  • A copy of your Saudi Visa
  • A Copy of your passport
  • The original Degree certificate

It is suggested to send all the above-mentioned documents to someone you know in your country. Assign him to do this task for you.

If you don’t have any such friend who can do all this for you, you can contact some agents who do the same for some charges. They will charge you around SR 400 for the attestation of documents.

Do I have to attest a degree issued by a Saudi University?

If you have a Saudi Degree, there is no need for a Saudi degree attestation to apply for a permanent family visa.