University Degree Authentication

Dependent applicants, as a requirement of the work permit application, must provide an authenticated (attested) copy of their degree. Degree attestation should occur prior to application for a position and can be accomplished by following these steps:

Step 1: Contact an agency in the country where your degree was earned.

Step 2: Present yourself to the agency correctly by using the following language:

“I am a dependent of my (spouse/parent) residing in Saudi Arabia on a residency visa. I will retain my dependent status and continue to reside in Saudi Arabia on a residency visa, but would like to apply to work for the International Schools Group (ISG).

To receive permission to work from the Saudi Arabian Ministries of Education and Labor, and a contract from the ISG if I am hired, I must first provide a copy of my Saudi authority-authenticated university degree. Based on this, please kindly advise me on the steps I must complete to have my university degree authenticated by the proper Saudi authorities.”

Note: It is important for the person you communicate with at the agency to understand that you WILL NOT be an employee on a work visa sponsored by the ISG, and you WILL NOT be able to provide an employment contract, as this is the most common misunderstanding by visa agencies.

Step 3: Inquire if your university degree is eligible for authentication. If so, follow the agency's direction and submit the required documentation.

Step 4: Follow up regularly with the agency until you obtain authentication (stamp) of your university degree by the Saudi Embassy or Cultural Mission/ Bureau in the country where you received your education.