Monday, June 17, 2013

Authenticating Documents

     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!


  1. GAH! everything was so perfect up until that speeding ticket. Dang you, woman! Ease up on that gas pedal. LOL!

  2. Isn't the waiting exCRUciating?!

  3. The waiting is pretty bad, but I am a strong believer in the adage "No News Is Good News". SO I am just waiting patiently as I get everything in order.