We're excited that you will be sending us test preparation and admissions questions for us to answer on the APPLY ME blog! Here's one that we received recently:
Hi, I just wanted to inquire if you know about the process my university (I am applying to) is asking for. They are willing to accept my GED diploma so long as I get some "clearance" or attestation (stamp) for my diploma by the Ministry of Education in Dubai. Is this true and what should I do in this case? Will the Ministry of Education attest it since I did the GED test in Dubai?
The Ministry of Education won't attest your GED certificate because it wasn't issued by an educational institution in the UAE. The Ministry's requirements are that the academic institution that issued the certificate is within the UAE. Since your GED certificate wasn't issued by an institution in the UAE, they won't attest it. It doesn't matter to them where you took the test.
Your GED was issued by the Maine Dept of Education in the USA (all international American GEDs are), so you can try going to the American Consulate and getting them to notarize it. They may also have some alternative for the attestation for you.
Your university may accept notarization by the American Consulate.
Here's what the American Consulate in Dubai has on their website about GED attestation in Dubai:
The process for authentications / attestations is not quick, please plan accordingly.
Here's What You Should Do
1. Our experience is that if your university accepts the GED, then they know how hard it is to get it attested. If they really want you, they may waive this requirement. Talk to the admissions director, not an administrative assistant, and explain your situation.
2. If that doesn't work, call or email this company that handles all types of attestation processes from Dubai and the US. First, ask them what the process is, then negotiate! We have no intel on how much this costs, so be prepared to spend.
Authxperts Businessmen Services
Mezzanine Floor, Office 103 B
Al Habtoor Motors Building (Mitsubishi Motors),
Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road
(Near Noor Islamic Metro Station)
Telephone: 971- 4- 4532626/ 4-3142335
If you have any experience getting your GED attested in Dubai, let us know in the comments!