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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Aashi1977, Oct 19, 2015.
Costing around £80 per document, is this right?
Has anyone had it done any cheaper?
Attesting or certifying a degree certificate can be done in different ways. I had some documentation "certified" at the British Embassy in Qatar (all they did was put an official-looking stamp on it). It cost me thirty pounds per document, if I remember correctly. A solicitor in the UK should charge you a lot less and in any case you should be able to get the money back from your school. Make sure that you keep receipts.
Needed my documents certified by my university last year as the country in which I work tightened work regulations. The excellent university website had a specialist postgraduate section that made the process easy and each document was charged at £1 and arrived within the month.
I know some of my work colleagues have paid substantially more and some have had to return to their home country to collect them in person. Further, unless you are at a very generous school - isn't hippo a lucky fellow - you may well be expected to pick up the cost personally.
On several occasions I have had to have a variety of docs certified (birth certificate, marriage cert, degree etc. ) and at a variety of costs (although all of the costs seemed to me to be exorbitant given the work involved). I think the worst was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Victoria where they take their own sweet time and charge $50 a document. A local solicitor charged slightly less for the 5 seconds per document that it took for him to sign each one. Since Thatcher made all embassies run at a profit they too have got more and more expensive. My last passport renewal at an embassy cost over $120. Although now It will be even worse as I understand I will have to go back to the UK for a new one.
But hey! as the good old Hippo is so often fond of saying, it beats the hell out of working in the UK!