The last thing that was left to do for my application was to get my degree and teaching certificate authenticated. To do this I had to get them notarized, then I had to head to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Ottawa.
About two weeks before I had an official transcript from my University sent to the UAE Embassy. Since I live in Montreal, I decided to drive to Ottawa (about an hour and a half) and take care of everything else in one day.
To have your documents authenticated at the UAE embassy the cost is 75$ per document and they only take money orders of certified cheques. I got a money order done at the post office for 7$.
First stop the Department of Foreign Affairs. I took my notarized documents to them and found the building and headed inside. Everything went so smoothly there were about 8 people ahead of me, but I only had to wait 15 minutes to be seen. Once they stamped my papers I headed to the UAE Embassy.
I had to be buzzed in at the Embassy and the security was similar to an airport. My bag had to go through a security check and I had to leave my ID and cell phone with the guard. As I walked though the metal detector, the security guard scanned my body with one of those handheld detectors. I was then given the Ok to go in. I gave in my papers and my money order and was told to come back at 2:30 pm (it was now 11:30 am). I went to Red Lobster (since we don't have them any more in Montreal) and walked around the mall. At 2:15 pm, I headed back to the Embassy and went through the same procedure and was given back my authenticated papers. I then headed back home to Montreal.
Simple and easy (except for the speeding ticket I got on the way home). I scanned my documents and sent them to my recruiter. All I have to do now is wait for my ticket and departure date. I still cannot believe this!