When you get an English teacher job offered to you aboard, one of the first things you will be asked to give them is an apostilled TEFL certificate. The apostille here works as an official agreement of validity beyond the issuing country’s borders. This applies generally when you want to be able to legally work aboard, and getting what is needed can present apparent complications at the outset. The simple breakdown of this process below should dispel that feeling.
Collecting the Needed Documents
Your attestation agency of choice would normally ask you to get the following three main documents ready.
- A TEFL or TESOL qualification certificate showing no less than 120 hours spent
- University Degree
- Criminal record check
Each of these documents should be legalized from the country where issuing was done, which means every person who has studied the TEFL course needs to get UK legalization before they would be able to use the certificate abroad.
Proving Absence of a Criminal Record
Based on your country of origin, a slightly different organization would deal with this. The service usually needs to be paid for, and whether or not you have to show up in person is based on your country’s extant rules in this area.
Getting the Documents Certified
When you get the notification of your criminal record certificate issuance, make copies right away, and then take those over to a notary. This official would stamp and sign the copies to make them equally usable as the original. Some countries only let you get this done by a Notary Public; in others, you can have a bank, lawyer, accountant, or doctor, perform the same service.
Getting the Documents Legalized
The certified copies need to be sent over to the concerned government department, who would stick a stamped apostille certificate to each of the documents you sent in. This concludes the legalization part of the process, which can be expedited by having the right agency helping you along.
Getting the Documents Attested
The embassy of the destination country handles this part. Your legalized certificates need to be taken there, or sent in. In under a week if things go normally fast, the embassy would send the attested documents back to you. In the meantime, it helps to have a good knowledge of the best attestation services in Abu Dhabi.