Everybody works hard to achieve things in life. First in school and then in college, it is the degrees we are after. And all of us want to perform well at school so we can get good results. Many people take part in extra courses and diplomas to gather as many certificates as they can. Academic records are not simply used as proof of our qualification but also as a way to achieve success in the future. They help us land jobs or get admission to universities for further studies. Everyone is proud of their degrees because they remind us of their achievements. No matter how hard high school was for you or how tough the schedule in college was, your degrees prove that you made it through.
For the most part, your documents stay hidden in a safe corner of your home. You don’t need them every day. If you tell your uncle that you cleared college, he won’t ask you to show him your degree, he will believe you. But there are a few instances when you will need your documents with you. And it is not about the other person believing you but rather their position which requires them to verify each person’s claim. So, if you are applying to a university for admission, you can’t just say that you have graduated because anyone can say that to the administration office. You will need to present proof of your qualification. Once you present your degree or official transcripts, the university will know that you are telling the truth and are the right fit for the seat you are applying for.
But getting into a university isn’t the only time when you will need to present your academic papers. The same rule applies when you want to get a job. You can’t just claim to have attended a certain college; you will have to present your degrees to back your statement. People have tried to submit fake degrees to get into universities and companies, but the detailed scrutiny of academic documents has saved these institutions from accepting the application of someone who isn’t legit.
There are instances when even your degrees can’t help you and that’s when you are applying to foreign educational institutions for admission or a foreign company for a job. Each country’s education system is different. It is illogical to think that everyone in the world studies the same kind of things in primary school. And even specialists in each country study different details about the same topics. The 10th standard course of one country may be more advanced than other countries simply because its students have been reading difficult things from the start. In such a situation the degrees of one country may or may not be equal to the same qualification in another country.
The process of evaluating the degrees issued by one country by the university or company of another country is referred to as foreign credential evaluation. It helps employers and admission officers understand the importance of the applicant’s knowledge and assign them to work or put them in classes accordingly. It is a very useful way of assessing the level of education of a foreign applicant. Their degree will not tell much to a foreign admission officer but it can be successfully analyzed by a credential evaluation expert.
Along with the evaluation, you will also need translation of your degrees. Sometimes evaluation is also considered translating but that’s not correct. Evaluation involves a lot more than translating and it is also a more complicating process. But the two are closely related when foreign credentials are concerned. So, sometimes it is preferred if the degrees are translated first because that way it will be easier for the evaluation expert to understand the documents and figure out what they are equal to in the foreign land. Sometimes a translation of the degrees may be required without evaluation. It is in situations when two countries’ degrees are of equal status or when you have studied from an internationally recognized institute.
Students often don’t know much about these services and as a result, they end up hiring high-priced service providers for the task. In truth, it is better to find one agency that can help you with both evaluation and translation. When you hire different people for both tasks, you will be paying them more and they may not even be qualified to handle the task.
Some agencies offer both services. A lot of the time their translators and evaluators work together. Your career and future depend on a correct educational evaluation. And the accurate evaluation depends on the right interpretation of your academic documents. If you don’t choose a reliable agency for the task, you will be putting your future at risk.
NACES or The National Association Of Credential Evaluation Services is a non-profit organization in the US. The organization accredits companies that provide transcript evaluation services for degrees from non-US educational institutions. There are 19 companies accredited by NACES. Universities that accept evaluations conducted by accredited members include the University of Michigan, University of Washington, and University of Nevada Las Vegas.
A foreign credential evaluation is checking the equivalency of academic and professional degrees earned in one country with the ones earned in another country. For example, if you are immigrating to the US for further studies or a job, you’ll need a credential evaluation service for your foreign transcripts before applying to a university. Your future employer will also need proof that your qualifications are not false, and that’s where a foreign credential evaluation is needed.
According to the State Department website, you can get your foreign degrees evaluated by a member organization of NACES(National Association for Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credentials Evaluators).
NACES has 19 member organizations and AICE has 10 member organizations.
It is also important to remember that these credential services are not free. You’ll have to pay the cost for the selected service. Moreover, the timeframe in which you’ll receive your credential evaluation report will depend on your case and the documentation provided.
Yes, WES or World Education Services is a member of NACES. It is also a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada.
Scholaro is not a NACES member. It is, however, an endorsed member of AICE and is accepted by all boards and organizations that accept AICE evaluations for institutions.
Yes, you can get a job in the US with a foreign degree. You just need to provide a proof of degree equivalency through evaluation organizations.
If you’re going with WES, the evaluation process usually follows these steps
Submit your application
Recieve a reference number
Send required documents along with the reference number
Once they verify your credentials, they will create the report and send it to the recipients.
WES expiry is 5 years, meaning you can use it for five years from the issue date. You can continue using your WES ECA when submitting an express entry profile.