Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need my educational credentials evaluated?

Which evaluation do I need?

Will your evaluation meet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements?

Will all colleges and universities in the United States accept your evaluation?

Can you translate my documents?

Can I translate the documents myself?

Can I get the equivalence of a Bachelor's degree based on a combination of my work experience and education?

Do I need a college degree to receive an H-1B visa?

Can you include my work experience in my educational credentials evaluation?

How long does it take to process an evaluation?

What does an evaluation contain?

Do you evaluate all foreign degrees to a Bachelor's degree?

Can I get Ph.D. credentials based on my foreign doctorate diploma?

Can you equate my certificates and diplomas to an Associate degree?

Can you evaluate Middle or High School degrees or credits?

Can you evaluate a medical doctor's degree?

What documents do I need for an evaluation?

How do I order an evaluation report?


When do I need my educational credentials evaluated?

You usually need your educational credentials evaluated when you are planning to study or work in the United States. Colleges, universities, employers, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) generally require an educational credentials evaluation.

Which evaluation do I need?

This depends on your situation. Educational institutions, employers, and USCIS may request a Course-by-Course evaluation, but a Document-by-Document evaluation may be sufficient in some cases.

Will your evaluation meet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements?

Yes. Our evaluations meet USCIS regulations.

Will all colleges and universities in the United States accept your evaluation?

Many colleges and universities will accept our evaluation. However, some of them do evaluations in-house or require a specific organization to provide the evaluation. You should check with the college or university to which you are applying to find out whether this is the case.

Can you translate my documents?

Yes. We can translate your documents from almost any language.

Can I translate the documents myself?

We only accept documents in their native language or with a Certified translation. This is necessary to ensure the accuracy of the evaluation.

Can I get the equivalence of a Bachelor's degree based on a combination of my work experience and education?

A credentials evaluation service cannot evaluate work experience or training; it can only evaluate educational credentials. However, USCIS can determine if you have the equivalence of a Bachelor's or Master's degree based on the combination of our evaluation and your proof of relevant work experience per regulation 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(D)(5).

Do I need a college degree to receive an H-1B visa?

No. When applying for H-1B visa, it is possible to substitute 1 year of study with 3 years of professional work experience. This means that 12 years of professional work experience would be equivalent to a 4-year college degree. A Master's degree would require 5 years of work experience in the specialty in addition to a Bachelor's degree.

Can you include my work experience in my educational credentials evaluation?

A credentials evaluation service cannot evaluate work experience or training; it can only evaluate educational credentials. However, USCIS can determine if you have the equivalence of a Bachelor's or Master's degree based on the combination of our evaluation and your proof of relevant work experience per regulation 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(D)(5).

How long does it take to process an evaluation?

Our time for processing an evaluation is 5-10 business days from the time we receive complete documentation as determined by Foreign Credits. You can also request rush service, in which case it can be completed in as little as 1-2 business days.

What does an evaluation contain?

This depends on whether you request a Document-by-Document evaluation or a Course-by-Course evaluation. See our comparison page for details.

Do you evaluate all foreign degrees to a Bachelor's degree?

No. 5 or 6 year degrees may be equivalent to a Master's degree.

Can I get Ph.D. credentials based on my foreign doctorate diploma?

Yes. You will need to submit a copy of the first page of the dissertation or a link to a reputable source where it can be verified online.

Can you equate my certificates and diplomas to an Associate degree?

Yes. Certifications and diplomas of some colleges may be equivalent to an Associate degree.

Can you evaluate Middle or High School degrees or credits?

Yes. In some cases this can save several years of study.

Can you evaluate a medical doctor's degree?

Yes. We can evaluate a medical doctor's degree. However, medical licensing in the United States is done by state medical boards and requires additional training and examination.

What documents do I need for an evaluation?

Please include your diploma/graduation certificate and transcripts/marks sheet (if available). If your current name is different than the name on your documents, please provide a marriage certificate or proof of identification. 

How do I order an evaluation report?

From the home page, click on "Credential Evaluation" and then click on "Order Now." From here, you will be able to create an account and enter the required information. When you are finished, you can simply scan and upload the documents you wish to be evaluated and pay online. Our evaluations typically take 5-10 business days. 

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