Procedure to Attest a UK Degree by Saudi Embassy in the UK

The following process I followed with my agent in Vital Certificates about now 2 and a half year ago. I hope it helps and you can contact the agency to inquire further as the rules might have changed now. but my certificate was attested as per the following procedure. Contact Vital Certificate & they are very professional and cooperative. when I inquired about attestation, they replied to me the following:

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The attestation process for Saudi Arabia is as follows, you will need to produce supporting documentation as well as your certificate which will all be presented to the Saudi Cultural Bureau. The Saudi Cultural Bureau will then contact the issuing body for your certificate to validate it. Once a satisfactory reply has been received the Saudi Cultural Bureau will produce a stamped copy of your certificate. The stamped copy will then be sent to us and we will, in turn, pass it to the Saudi Arabian Embassy to be stamped and this completes the attestation.

The usual timescale for the whole process is quite long, there is no set time but a minimum of 8-10 weeks is standard. Once we have received your attested copy certificate from the embassy we will courier it to you worldwide using UPS or via Royal Mail Special Delivery if you would like it to be delivered to a UK address. The following are the requirements to support document attestation for Saudi Arabia:

1-Covering letter addressed to The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Cultural Bureau in UK, 630 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RY requesting the attestation of your certificate, stating the reason why and your full address, contact numbers, and email.

2-Original Letter from your employer in Saudi Arabia, addressed to (Saudi Arabian Cultural Attaché) stating the reason (attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia for private sector employers).

3-Copy of your job offer from your present employer.

4-Copy of the photo page of your passport.

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5-A signed consent letter addressed to the Records Office/Registry of the issuing body of your certificate (e.g. university, Royal College) giving consent under the Data Protection Act to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau to authenticate your qualification. Please sign and print your name at the bottom of the letter.

6-Your certificate.

I have posted above the followed procedure. I was in touch with ACCA to send UKSACB proof of my certificate. Although I was off the register in ACCA, so I had to pay ACCA to let them send an email to UKSACB to confirm that I completed my ACCA. Once ACCA had sent confirmation of my certification and I requested them to include me in CC, the further process was still long as we had to upload documents in UKSACB website and every time there was an error and the pupil there in the UK in UKSACB were not really helpful unless you contact them on daily basis. but Vital Certificate did a lot for me and I am really grateful that they received a certificate on my behalf there & then after making sure all the stamps are there, they couriered me.

  • pinoypower

    I want to know if passing all the ACCA papers, fundamental and professional, is enough to apply for an accountant visa in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Cultural Bureau in UK rejected the attestation for the Oxford Brookes University BSc. Honors in Applied Accounting because they no longer recognize online and distant learning degrees. We are now left with the ACCA affiliate qualification but we are worried that trying to go for the one month attestation might just be a waste of time.
    Can anyone of our readers please share recent attestation and visa application experience.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Qasim

    @pinoypower:disqus how did you try? Did you upload degree on Saudi cultural bureau websit and got rejected there ?

  • Umair Hameed

    I faced the same issue, they rejected my OBU Bsc degree based on the fact that it was a distant learning program. I need urgent help regarding this. As I cannot get my visa stamped without attestation of degrees as this is an Accountant visa.

  • Qasim Ali

    Can you share your contact number with me?

  • Umair Hameed

    +966-54-905-6874

  • pinoypower

    Yes. Perhaps our mistake was to submit both the OBU degree and the ACCA professional qualification together. When we re-submit the ACCA professional qualification through Gulf Visa it was subsequently approved but by then the job was no longer available.

  • adamx19

    hello,
    I was wondering if u could help me out with an issue ive got. Ive gotten my Bsc degree in Staffordshire university which is a UK university. However, the institute has a branch in Malaysia which ive done my studies over there, so where should i go for attestation since malaysia wont attest the certificate since its a UK degree? Would the saudi embassy in the UK be able to help?
    Thanx!!

  • Ali anwar

    Could you please share your experience with me. How long it took UKSACB to attest your ACCA Professional level? And dont they consider ACCA as a distance learning qualification?
    Looking forward

  • Ali anwar

    Could you please share your experience with me. And do they consider ACCA as a distance learning qualification?
    Looking forward

  • pinoypower

    It took my son 3 weeks to have the ACCA professional qualification attested by Saudi Cultural Bureau, British Foreign Office and finally stamped by the Saudi Embassy using the services of a London agent Gulf Visa. That’s the fastest you can go. It’s even longer when there are holidays in Saudi or UK.
    They recognized the ACCA professional qualification but refused to accept the ACCA-Oxford Brookes Bachelor’s degree in Accounting which they considered as distant learning educational qualification.
    My son had lost the very good job offer in Saudi because of the very long time required to attestate and legalize his qualifications.
    Fortunately, the same company has a branch in UAE where both OBU degree and ACCA professional qualifications are recognized.

  • abdullah

    Dear how much time does Gulfvisa take for all these processing of ACCA membership attestation.

  • Qasim Ali

    Hi Umair,

    Any success ?

  • Muhammad Ajmal Niaz

    HI @stevejobsask can you reply to this. I have same issue.

  • ahsan

    Safwan any thing happend in your case? any update please gudie.

  • ahsan

    Hey every one. I m having same issue like my BSc degree has been rejected by UKSACB that its distence learning education. But on the other hand i m also ACCA member. My question is is my ACCA membership certifcate will be accepted to change in my iqama profession, bring my family in KSA?

  • ghufran mateen

    Hi
    Saudi culture office in Pakistan initially rejected my ACCA membership attestation stating that it is a foreign degree and you have studied locally. Then i applied again through my Bsc Hons degree (OBU) they rejected it again by saying that it is online education. I have now applied through an agent (Gulfvisa) in UK to Saudi culture office, as the ACCA Membership can be attested from the country of issuance. Its been over one and half month but they have not attested it as yet and it is still in process. Now the agent is saying that you complain to the Saudi Minister in Riyadh via you employer but this is not possible.

    Its been over six months when i received my job offer but uptill now i am unable to get my ACCA attested. I am totally confused and not sure what to do now. However, i have contacted the ACCA Pakistan to resolve this issue, they are also in the process of conducting a meeting with the Saudi ambassador.

  • abdullah

    Did u have any update bro on any meeting outcome?Did it take place?Any wayout for ACCAs to enter KSA with accountant visa.

  • ghufran mateen

    ACCA guy told me to contact next week. As it will take some time. They are taking other bodies like CIMA in loop to jointly take any action. Further they are also going to British council to take any action against the saudi culture. But its taking time. I am really unsure wat to do now.
    Wat about ur status?

  • ghufran mateen

    i have also applied in the UK through gulf visa, at the same time. Which agent are you using? How long would it take?

  • abdullah

    Myself from Culture.After culture i plan to use agent.Dont know how much will it take.Any progress on ur case.

  • lance210

    Anyone had recently attested their ACCA certificates for ”General Accountant” Status? . I’ve heard ACCA member certificate is enough for profession change but I’m just Acca affiliate.Most of the companies demand attested degrees,since Saudi culture is not attesting OBU B.Sc what options are available for me?Please help me I am really worried!!

  • A_s

    Did you find any solution to this?

  • Muhammad Fahad

    Hi Steve

    I thank you for all your efforts and information provision to help us out.

    I contacted GulfVisa and they told me that my ACCA membership certificate can be attested from Saudi Embassy in the UK directly but, Saudi Culture will not attest it.

    Do you have any idea that this attested certificate directly from the embassy and not from the Saudi culture will help me getting the family visa and the change of profession if required?

    Regards

  • If it is attested by the Saudi Embassy in the UK and you attest it from the MOFA, KSA, it will be enough!

  • Muhammad Fahad

    Alright, Thanks.

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    Hi steve
    Your efforts are really appreciable and Thanks in advance.
    I am an ACCA affiliate and not a member. I want to change my profession to accountant for bringing my family to KSA.
    I ask gulfvisa.com an agent to attest it for me. He said saudi culture in UK dont attest ACCA but saudi embassy do attest it even saudi culture dont.
    1)Can you please guide me what is the proper procedure to attest ACCA professional certificate from saudi culture burue and saudi embaasy for changing the profession?
    2) Attestation from saudi embaasy is enough to MOFA or saudi culture attestation is obligatory?
    Thanks

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    Muhammad Fahad
    Do MOFA attest it if documents are just attested from saudi embassy and not from saudi culture?
    Thanks

  • I think a mere attestation from Saudi Embassy would be enough.

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    Steve
    Thanks alot

  • faiza sheikh

    You can contact Vital Certificates. The agency is in UK, taking care of everything. i got my ACCA certificate attested from them. I had very good experience and would recommend them.

  • faiza sheikh

    My certificate was attested from UKSacb 2 years ago. i have no idea if the process has changed now. Thank.s

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    Faiza sheikh
    Thanks alot for ur recommendation.
    I will also ask them. Can u please tell me how much time it took to complete all the process?

  • faiza sheikh

    Firstly you need to be very patient with Saudi Embassy/Cultural Bureau. It took roughly around 3 months to get it attested. I followed up with them like every single day and in the end, i had to let my Saudi friend reply back in arabic. Alhamdulillah.

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    Faiza sheikh
    Thanks alot for ur reply. As ur reply made my cufussions clear.
    My last confusion is that every one on this blog and other pages is telling that ACCA is distance learning and saudi culture dont attest it. As ur experience is this true?
    I am really thankfull for ur responces.

  • Waqas Arif

    you got your ACCA attested by Saudi Culture? how ? they are not acknowledging ACCA nor the equivalence issued by HEC.

    Can you please provide more info. I will be really grateful.

    Regards,

  • faiza sheikh

    The following process i followed with my agent in Vital Certificates about now 2 and a half year ago. I hope it helps and you can contact the agency to inquire further as the rules might have changed now. but my certificate was attested as per the following procedure. Contact Vital Certificate & they are very professional and cooperative. when i inquired about attestation, they replied to me the following:

    The attestation process for Saudi Arabia is as follows, you will need to produce supporting documentation as well as your certificate which will all be presented to the Saudi Cultural Bureau. The Saudi Cultural Bureau will then contact the issuing body for your certificate to validate it. Once a satisfactory reply has been received the Saudi Cultural Bureau will produce a stamped copy of your certificate. The stamped copy will then be sent to us and we will in turn pass it to the Saudi Arabian Embassy to be stamped and this completes the attestation. The usual timescale for the whole process is quite long, there is no set time but a minimum of 8-10 weeks is standard. Once we have received your attested copy certificate from the embassy we will courier it to you worldwide using UPS or via Royal Mail Special Delivery if you would like it to be delivered to a UK address.

    The following are the requirements to support document attestation for Saudi Arabia:

    1- Covering letter addressed to The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Cultural Bureau in UK, 630 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5RY requesting the attestation of your certificate, stating the reason why and your full address, contact numbers and email.
    2- Original Letter from your employer in Saudi Arabia, addressed to (Saudi Arabian Cultural Attaché) stating the reason (attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia for private sector employers).
    3- Copy of your job offer from your present employer.
    4- Copy of the photo page of your passport.
    5- A signed consent letter addressed to the Records Office/Registry of the issuing body of your certificate (e.g. university, Royal College) giving consent under the Data Protection Act to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau to authenticate your qualification. Please sign and print your name at the bottom of the letter.
    6- Your certificate.

  • faiza sheikh

    I have posted above the followed procedure. I was in touch with ACCA to send UKSACB proof of my certificate. Although i was off the register in ACCA, so i had to pay ACCA to let them send email to UKSACB to confirm that i completed my ACCA. Once ACCA had send confirmation of my certification and i requested them to include me in CC, the further process was still long as we had to upload documents in UKSACB website and every time there was an error and the pupil there in UK in UKSACB were not really helpful unless you contact them on daily basis. but Vital certificate did alot for me and i am really grateful that they received certifcate on my behalf there & then after making sure all the stamps are there, they couriered me.

    I hope my answers help. Do not hesitate to inquire further

  • Thank you very much for your detailed guidelines. It will help many others.!

  • faiza sheikh

    Thanks Steve. You had really helped me that time & since i am on the other side of the road now, so i thought i should share my experience to help others. 🙂

  • Mohammad Rageh

    Dear Stive,
    first i want to thank you for your volunteer job, loosing you time for nothing,
    I really need your advise in my case :
    my Visa Profession is Quality Examiner, I am trying to proceed for online family Visa but it rejected with the below massage :

    “Your application cannot be processed; because it does not fulfill Istiqdam e-service business rules.” You can book an appointment with Istiqdam and submit your occupation to be studied manually. To Book an appointment, please click here (Istiqdam appointments system)

    as you know to book an appointment is very hard and usually the is no available appointment in ISTIQDAM Office.

    I am engineer and already member of Saudi Engineering Council by the previous Spencer, so If I change my profession from Quality Examiner to engineer, it will allow me to make the Family Visa ONLINE??

    please advise dear Stive.

  • The Game

    Thanks for your efforts. MOFA attestation in KSA requires attestation from Saudi Cultural Attache and Saudi Embassy both. Also are these letters need to be attested by Chamber of Commerce?

  • The Game

    Did you get your ACCA then attested by MOFA in KSA? If yes can you kindly share the details. Thanks

  • faiza sheikh

    I have three stamp on my Affliate certificate. One each for Saudi Cultural Bureau, Saudi Embassy UK & MOFA chronologically. For MOFA, i gave the certificate to my Government Relation Department in my co and they took it there to get it stamped.

  • faiza sheikh

    No need for attestation for any document other than stated ones.

  • faiza sheikh

    Steve i want to upload an image of my certifcate, but browser is not uploading.

  • The Game

    Alright thank you so much for your help.

  • Mohammad Rageh

    Dear All, I need your advise please ,

    my profession in IQAMA is Quality Examiner and tried to go for ONLINE Family Perm. Visa but rejected and said
    ( “Your application cannot be processed; because it does not fulfill Istiqdam e-service business rules.” You can book an appointment with Istiqdam and submit your occupation to be studied manually. To Book an appointment, please click here (Istiqdam appointments system).

    so, if i change my profession in IQAMA to Engineer, could I will be able to apply for ONLINE family Visa, or I should take appointment first also?
    please advise

  • The Game

    First of all you have to check whether your current iqama profession allows you to get family visa or not. Regardless of the profession you will have to book an appointment, you should contact an agent they usually take 50-100 SAR and give much earlier appointment.

  • Try a different browser. People have been uploading images successfully so there is no software issue I guess.

  • Mohammad Rageh

    thanks for your reply
    yes my Iqama profession allow me for family perminant visa, which agent you can recommend it or where i can find the any agents in dammam or khobar please.

    your support is highly appreciated bro.

  • The Game

    You can find agents outside jawazat office or in some areas they operate at small agencies, I dont know about Khobar or Dammam. But whenever you approach them you should be alert and dont let them fool you.

  • Mohammad Rageh

    OK, thanks brother, i will try on that.

  • The Game

    I checked it up with gulfvisa and vital certificates. They both are saying that ACCA cant be attested from UKSACB if the candidate didnt attended classes in UK because it comes under the category of “Distant Learning”. I also checked it at UKSACB and its also written there.

  • Saniya shujaat

    Hi steve
    I want to convert my wife visit visa into perminent visa is it possible?? i live in dammam plzz rep …my degree is lost i have photocopy degree plzz rep me is it possible to convert visit visa???

  • alex_g642

    Hi Steve,

    I was wondering if you could help me with something. I am facing issues with trying to get my OBU BSc degree attested. My current agent is struggling: even though the OBU stated that I studied everything in the UK. Should I contest this or should I switch to using my ACCA qualification and using another agent (Gulf Visas / Vital Certificates)? Need some advice because time is running out for me.

    Thanks.

  • Mohammed Rafiuddin

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for sharing valuable information.

    With your information it is clear that ACCA Professional Certificate (the one who is only ACCA affiliate, not member) gets attested by Saudi Cultural Bureau, British Foreign Office and Saudi Embassy through an agent Gulf Visa.

    I just want to know if you personally had to contact ACCA to send Saudi Cultural Bureau a proof that your son have completed ACCA or anything you have uploaded on Saudi Cultural Bureau website for acceptance by Saudi Cultural Bureau to progress?

    Please reply waiting for your answer.

    Regards

  • zeshan qadri

    did it work brother? with only saudi embassy in UK attestation, ?can u change ur iqama profession without saudi culture bureau?

  • zeshan qadri

    i have an acca professional level certificate and i have researched alot for iqama profession change,
    I need to know if now only saudi embassy in UK attests ACCA certificate,
    Is it enough for MOFA in KSA for attestation?
    Please share the updated information.
    only one good comment can help alot of ACCA affiliates here in KSA stuck with profession problem.

  • Ali Raza

    @alex_g642:disqus bro im in the same boat just like you,i want to get my obu bsc degree attested and my friend tells me that saudi culture dont attest it anymore,im looking for solutions as well,let me know if you find one,also can i have your contact info for this purpose?

  • alex_g642

    Brother you can email me on [email protected]

  • Syed Saim Ali

    @umair Can you share your contact details with me . I have the same query and want to discuss something regarding the subject

  • Umair Ahmed Raj Poot

    00966-595720859 u can whatssapp me….Thanks

  • Mohammed Rafiuddin

    Sir, did you have any breakthrough… I am also in your situation, please share your experience or assist me, it would be great help !!! Please give a reply, please!!!

  • ikichchi

    Hi,
    I am in critical situation and in need of experts’ advice. I completed my LLB Honours from a University in the UK. I completed 1st year under distance learning programme and 2nd and 3rd year under internal full-time programme. My certificate does not say anything about distance learning since majority part I completed internally. I applied for attestation but the Saudi Cultural bureau rejected my application on the ground of HEDD REF #244195. I am not clear what it means. I was wondering whether they reject even for one year, out of three years, distance learning programme. Is there any chance for trying any other route to get attestation? Thanks in advance.

  • Mujtaba Ahmad Khan

    I am also on the same boat…have you get your certificate attested …?

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