Do I Need to Attest O Level and A Level Certificates for German Visa

Do I Need to Attest O Level and A Level Certificates for German Visa?

O Level (Ordinary level) and A Level (Advanced level) are the subject based certificate qualification of United Kingdom. It introduced in 1951 as replacement of secondary and higher secondary certificates. These certificates also called GCE or General Certificate of Education.

O Level is considered equivalent to Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in Pakistan. And, A Level is considered equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC/Intermediate).

In Pakistan when somebody want to do bachelor after O/A level. Then equivalence certificate is required to take admission in university. This certificate issued by IBCC (Inter Board Committee of Chairman). You can refer to IBCC website for requirements to get this equivalence certificate.

If somebody want to study in Germany then equivalence certificate is not required. Because GCE certificates (O/A Level) are already accepted in Germany as issued by educational bodies of United Kingdom.

Further in general cases attestation of O Level and A Level is also not required to apply admission and visa for Germany. In any special case if German university or embassy demand attested certificates. Then get attestation from British Council Pakistan.

You cannot attest these certificates from IBCC or HEC. Because both institutes are not issuing authorities of O Level and A Level certificates. If required then you can only get equivalence certificate from IBCC. But it has no importance in other countries like Germany.

Sometime German universities demand for attested documents for admission application. Student who has O/A level certificates get confused about this requirement. In this case simply notarize photocopies of your O/A level certificates and submit for admission. Go for British Council attestation only in extreme cases or only on demand of embassy or university.

Do we need to get our O/A Levels certificates attested or are it just for Matric/inter certificates?

As mentioned in article, attestation of O/A Level is not required for admission in Germany. But for Matriculation and Intermediate certificates attestation is required to get visa from German embassy/consulate.

If I have O/A Level certificate plus bachelor degree and want to apply for master in Germany. Then which attention is required?

In this case attest only your bachelor degree from HEC. If HEC ask for equivalence certificate for O/A level then get that from IBCC.

My German university requires attested documents, in this case where I attest my O/A level certificate?

You don’t need to attest O/A level certificates in this case. Only notarize photocopies are enough to apply admission in German universities. After that, if university demands for British Council attestation then go for it.

It is necessary to get equivalence certificate from IBCC to apply admission in German university?

No, IBCC equivalence certificate is only used to take admission in Pakistani universities.

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