Educational Credential Evaluation

Most students wish to study or pursue further education in the U.S. However, it is very important for the applicants/students to have their educational credentials evaluated. Most college/universities, companies, employers or even USCIS requires evaluated credentials.

The evaluation of educational credentials is either done course-by-course or document-by-document. Before getting the educational certificates and documents evaluated from a specific firm, it is always preferable to check with the university or college in which admission is desired as to which evaluation firms do they prefer. Most evaluation firms process the educational credential evaluation in 7-10 business days. However, some firms may take longer or shorter time span. Educational credential evaluation is mandatory if the applicant or student has studied outside the U.S. and wishes to continue with further education in the U.S.

Definition

The educational credential evaluation is defined as a procedure which determines the equivalency of foreign degrees or experience of an individual to the education in the U.S.

Contents of a Credential Evaluation

An educational credential evaluation consists of a description of the educational credentials, which include the degree obtained, the year in which the degree was obtained, the college/university, and the major or subject of the degree. The final field in the credential evaluation consists of the opinion of the person in-charge of the evaluation process which states whether the degree or education is the equivalent of U.S. Bachelor degree.

With Bay Area Evaluation Service, you have a great advantage in the immigration process:

  • Bay Area Evaluation Service is essential when you seek education, licensing, employment, or immigration opportunities in the U.S.
  • Bay Area Evaluation Service is recognized and accepted by U.S. institutions, employers, and government agencies such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
  • The Bay Area Evaluation Service evaluation process and methodology are carefully calibrated to render assessments that are fair and accurate.
  • Bay Area Evaluation Service’ evaluations can be used for higher education, employment, professional licensing, and immigration purposes in the U.S.
  • For one low fee, Bay Area Evaluation Service evaluates all of your formal academic credentials, regardless of number or complexity.

How do we determine equivalency?
Bay Area Evaluation Service equivalency policy is determined by examining world educational systems, including the U.S., and how a program best fits into the U.S. system. The salient criteria are:

  • Entrance requirements to the program
  • Purpose of the program (further education,vocational/professional training)
  • Length of the program of study
  • Practical or clinical components
  • Institutional status
  • What the credential gives access to in the home country

Types of Evaluations

    1. Document-by-document
    2. Expert Opinion
    3. Industry Standard Letter
    4. Extraordinary Ability Letter
    5. Course-by-course
    6. Position Analysis
    7. Immigration Attorney Opinion

Document-by-document:
A Document-by-Document credential evaluation provides an evaluation of foreign academic credentials to determine the educational equivalent within the U.S. educational system. We will also evaluate work experience to determine educational equivalencies based on regulatory guidelines for clients seeking to meet U.S. immigration requirements (for example, H-1B visa petitioners). Our written report is individualized, detailed, and fully describing each academic credential and our findings, with an overall summary of our evaluation. Contact us for more information.

Expert Opinion Letter:
The Expert Opinion letter addresses the individual’s academic and employment experience to satisfy U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) H-1B regulations for a bachelor’s degree equivalent. Bay Area Evaluation Service works with university professors from various disciplines who has the authority to grant college level credits/academic credits.

In the expert opinion process, the professors will require more detailed information than that is needed for a standard Document-by-Document evaluation (academic or academic and employment experience).

Expert opinion letters are recommended when a visa petitioner is relying on employment experience. Expert opinion letter normally documents both academic and employment experience. Expert opinion letters are written by Recognized authorities (Recognized authority means a person or an organization with expertise in a particular field, special skills or knowledge in that field, and the expertise to render the type of opinion).

Typical required documents for expert opinion: (all documents in a foreign language will need to be accompanied by an English-language translation prepared in the same format as the original document).

  • Academic Credentials
  • Detail Employment Letters with Position details and job description
  • Petition letter with employer, position, and job description details

Industry Standard Letters:
Industry Standard letter differs from the Expert Opinion letter in that it does not address an individual’s educational equivalence. Rather, the Industry Standard letter qualifies a position as a specialty occupation as defined by USCIS.

Extraordinary Ability Letter :
The Extraordinary Ability letter, typically used for O and EB Visa’s, qualifies the alien as an individual of extraordinary ability as defined by USCIS.