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Application process steps?

What is an Equivalency certificate:

An Equivalency Certificate is a document issued from the Ministry of Education in the UAE to verify that a degree that has been awarded by a recognised institute outside the UAE and meets the academic criteria in the UAE, including international education standards.
The application process usually includes completing a form and submitting it along with the required documents. The Ministry of Education then verifies the information submitted by the applicant.
If the information is confirmed, the Ministry will issue the equivalency certificate.
You can then present the certificate to an employer in the UAE to prove that you have the required qualifications to work in that field.

who are required to apply for an equivalency certificate?
 1. Students
2. If you wish to pursue higher studies in the UAE, an equivalency certificate of your previous educational award will be required in order to apply for an intake.
3. Teachers, professors & faculty members
4. If you are planning to teach or become part of the faculty of a school/college or university, you are required to have your degree equivalised 
5. Engineers: If you wish to work within the engineering sector, you will need to apply for equivalency of your engineering degree, which is the prelude to registering for the Society of Engineering card (SOE). This is a requirement by the authorities of Dubai.
7. Expats in government offices : If you are an expat applying for a government office role, it is likely you will need to get your degree equivalised, especially if it is within a technical and/or scientific field. 
8. Doctors, nurses & medical staff: In order to apply for your medical licence from the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), Depart of Health (DOH) or Dubai Health Authority (DHA) an equivalised educational certificate is required to complete the process for government jobs.
9. Individuals applying for the UAE golden visa: If you are looking to apply for the UAE golden visa, the application may require you to submit an equivalised educational award/certificate as part of the application process.

Application Process Steps:

step 1: Degree attestation:

You are required to get your Master’s or Bachelor’s degree (highest award you’ve achieved) attested by the UAE embassy of the country you obtained your award in.
Note, if your degree was not issued in English or Arabic, you will be required to have this translated for when applying for the equivalency certificate.
Once attested, the following supporting documents will need to be submitted for equivalency:
If you are applying with a Bachelor’s degree:
-The attested Bachelor’s degree
-High school/Secondary school certificate
If you are applying with a Master’s degree:
-The attested master’s degree
-Bachelor’s degree
-Transcript of the Bachelor’s degree

step 2: Applying for a Genuiness letter:

The UAE embassy or consulate will issue a genuineness letter to confirm your study at your college or university was taken place at an accredited institute. 
Although required from a small selection of countries, it is not required from all countries.
The United Kingdom is communicated through the cultural mission in London through the “smart chip”.
UAE Embassies/Consulates in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Jordan are communicated through their respective cultural missions.
Documents from these countries, do not require the genuineness letter.
Countries that are communicated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation through the service of the “validity of my certificate” .
The cultural attached of an embassy in the country will communicate with the college/university, requesting a set of information.
If this information is considered valid, this will be passed onto the Ministry of Education in the UAE for validation.

Step 3: Applying for an ICA travel report(Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship)

You will also be required to submit an ICA travel report for the equivalency process.
The ICA report is issued by an immigration authority and shows the following information:
Exit dates
-Entry dates
-Location (ports of entry/exit) 
-Applicant’s passport number
-Additional immigration related details
-The report will be issued either by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), or by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
How do I apply for an ICA travel report?
You can apply for an ICA report from any of the following:
-ICA customer happiness centre
-Dubai Now App – Dubai visa holders can apply for immigration services online, including the ICA report.

Step 4: Apply for the equivalency certificate through the Ministry of Education portal:

How do I get an equivalency certificate online?
Now that you have all the relevant documents, you can apply for the equivalency certificate through the Ministry of Education (MOE) website .

What documents are required for an equivalence certificate:
-Copy of a valid Emirates ID
-Copy of a valid passport and visa page
-ICA report – exit entry report
-Genuineness letter (if required)
-Attested degree/award
-Provide Arabic ministry exam for Arabic passport holders
-Provide Islamic studies ministry exam for Muslims
Indian and Pakistani Curriculum
-Graduation certificates for grades (10 & 12)
-Academic transcript for both years attested by the educational board or council
-Three-year diploma curriculum:
-Diploma certificate + transcript of grades for three years attested by the educational board or council
-Grade 10 certificate + transcript of grades attested by the educational board or council (all attestations)

The below conditions must be met in order to equalize certificates issued from higher education institutes outside the UAE.
Must have spent no less than one year of study or an equivalent thereof in any specialty.
High school certificate (Secondary Certificate) or its equivalent.
Associate degree:
Must have spent no less than two years of study or the equivalent thereof in any specialty.
High school certificate (Secondary Certificate) or its equivalent.
Higher diploma:
Must have spent no less than three years of study or the equivalent thereof
High school certificate (Secondary Certificate) or its equivalent)
Bachelor degree:
Must have spent no less than three years of study in any educational institution applying the annual system; or alternatively,

  • (120)  accredit ed hours as per the semester system – (180) accredited hours as per the quarter system
  • At least (240) credits as per the ETCS
    High school certificate (Secondary Certificate) or its equivalent
    Post-graduate diploma or Master degree:
    Must have spent no less than one year of study or the equivalent thereof.
    -bachelor degree

Master degree (in case of integrating Bachelor and Master degrees): Must have spent at least four years of study, after fulfilling of all requirements of both degrees
High school certificate (Secondary Certificate) or its equivalent.
Doctoral degree  : Must have spent at least two years of study, if the university bylaw so stipulates
Master’s degree
Must have spent a minimum period of three years of study, in case the latter does not require getting a Master’s degree
Bachelor’s degree
Related to evidence of residence in the country of study during the study period
For each programme -you can check in website how many months you must be there in college campus. 
*If the post-graduate programme based on research and courses, the candidate must attend all the courses in the country of the study during the provision of these courses.
Now we can see what all are the Required documents to apply for equivalency:

  • Graduate Certificate and transcript- Duly attested either from Ministry of Foreign Affairs(MOFA) and International Cooperation or the UAE embassy in the country of study(form your home country where you studied)
  • Transferred hours transcript- A copy of the transcript for each institution independently (If the Transferred hours was 15 hours or above).
  • Genuine Certificate (Authenticity of the qualification)- Original letter of the embassy of the country issuing the qualification with the academic institution’s reply.

  • Legal translation of certificate or transcript: If the certificate and transcript is issued in any language other than Arabic or English.

  • High school certificate- Duly attested(except for the cases where high school certificate is 20 years old), and in such cases, a letter of the embassy of the country issuing the high school certificate is required, indicating the authenticity of the high school certificate and its duration.Attendance in the country of study

  • Passport and a proof of residence (entry and exit seals for the country where the applicant studied), or a copy of the first entry to the country. For who enrolled in the year 2000 and after.

  • For msc and phd certificates Equivalency:You have to produce:-Starting date: An official letter stating the starting date for the Master and Doctoral degrees. (course completion certificate or a letter from institution).Thesis abstract-For Master and Doctoral degrees, a copy of the thesis abstract is required.College name and Major (If it is not mentioned in the degree certificate)

  • Official letter issued by the awarding university, indicating the college name and the research area and the major.

    Application process:

You have to arrange all these documents to avoid rejection in your application by MOE and your paid fees are non refundable. So what you have to do means you have to make sure you have all the required documents before submitting application.
If you have any doubts you can mail to moe mail id which is given on website.
For general inquiries: [email protected]
For institutes ([email protected])

Steps of application process:
1.Arrange all docuemnts
2.Signup moe account by using uae pass
3.Upload all docuemnts

4. Application will be reviewed by the Certificate Equivalency Department to confirm all required attachments are uploaded
5.Applicant may be notified to provide any additional information / documents if required
6.Pay the fees through MOE portal
7.Application will be reviewed, and issuance of final decision is generated (Equalize / Reject) which will be sent to the registered email.

The application may be referred to the committee in exceptional cases for further assessment.
In case the required documents were not provided within 7 days, the application will be closed.
The equalization officer will contact the applicant for 3 times before closing the application.
For further enquiries and assistance, please contact through the following email address: [email protected]

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