Degree attestation, like other documents, is a multi-step process with different authorities, so the time it takes to complete the entire process will depend on if you are doing it yourself or if you hire a professional agent to take care of it.
Here is a rough time estimate of how long embassy attestation can take:
It depends on how quickly you can find and visit an FCDO-registered solicitor in your area.
Apostille agent: 10 minutes
Legalising with the FCDO
Doing it yourself, you can try online, which can take up to 20 days or more. Or you can post your documents, which can take up to 15-20 days.
Apostille agent: 1-2 days or same-day service
Attesting with the embassy
You must post or courier your degree and documents to the UAE embassy in London. No in-person deliveries or collections are accepted.
Depending on the delivery, posting can take around 2-3 days.
A private courier usually delivers the next day.
Plus, the embassy processing time is 7-10 working days. So, it may take longer if further checks/approvals need to be carried out.
Also, account for returning your attested documents from the embassy. Again, this would depend on whether you used a self-address, pre-paid envelope, or private courier.
Apostille agent: service varies by a few days, depending on which agent you use, but usually around 5-7 business days.
Attesting with MoFA in the UAE
After completing all the above steps, you must also attest your documents with MoFA in the UAE.