Here I have tried to put into words the complete process that is required to get your certificates attested in Chennai, this is my very personal experience. Hope this is useful for all.
As part of the current ruling by the Ministry of External Affairs and HRD, it is mandatory for the candidates seeking employment in UAE to have their certificates attested by the Departments.
All these attestations will be done only if you have a valid employment offer letter from the country.
Upon receipt of the same, have 2 sets of photocopies of all the certificates that needs to be attested.
The first level attestation happens at the Secretariat in Chennai, you will have a go to Dept of Public (Foreigners), this is next to the Vegetarian Hotel inside the Secretariat.
Please fill up a form, 1 form for 1 certificate and affixed with Judicial Stamp, this can be bought from the shop near the Post Office. (All inside the Secretariat)
The original certificate along with 1 copy has to be given to the Under Secretary, who would inturn accept the same and give you a Reference Number, do not ever forget this number, all the certificates would be issued using this reference number.
Any certificates that needs to be attested by Madras University, please do take time to go to the University from the third day onwards to ensure the faster processing of the attesting, because the official confirmation has to go from the University to the Department.
On the third day morning, do proceed to the Dept and check for the Dispatch Note Book on which the reference numbers would be marked which confirms that the certificates have to dispatched to the respective places. Give one day for the certificates to reach the University, please do ensure to meet one of the peons and give some tips to ensure that your certificates gets processed at the earliest. Please do ensure that you do this follow up until you are confirmed that the documents have been dispatched to the Department. Be prepared to spend about Rs.1000 as tips and you need to give a DD to the University, please check the rate at the office.
If your other certificates are from Autonomous Institutes, these certificates will be send to the Commissioners Office in Egmore for Verifications.
Here it is very disciplined and very clear process. The visitors time is from 2.00 pm to 4.00pm only. Take a pass from the entrance by informing them that you want to go to IS. This is a very new cell. Kindly go there only during this said time and they will confirm the date that your certificate would be dispatched back to the Department and they will stick to that time line. This is the first time I met a set of true professional police officers, and they do not expect anything in return.
Please understand that time is of essence here, unless you follow up regularly these attestation will be take its sweet time, these employees in the Department are not bothered about you. The reasons for the follow is also that these employees will not at later point say that your documents are missing which is a regular thing in this department. They will talk about time and they are not bothered about your time but their time. Exactly at 5.30pm they will pack their bags. Couple of guys will be there so keep requesting them and if you have patience you would get the certificates after 6.30pm.
Once this attestation is over, the rest is all easy in Chennai. The next day take another set of copies along with the originals and go to the Minisry of External Affairs in the 7th Floor of DPI building in Nungumbakkam by around 9.00am and generally the staff here is very friendly and helpful and if the Officer is available you would be able to get the attested certificate back by 12.00 noon. You would be required to fill a form and give them the copies.
Once this is completed there are sufficient agents who can help you with the attestation at the Ministry of HRD and UAE consulate in
Hope I have thrown some light into this process which people can use for their attestation.
All the best for your endeavors.