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How Should a U.S. Employer Evaluate and Recognize a Foreign Degree?

Magazine article HRMagazine

How Should a U.S. Employer Evaluate and Recognize a Foreign Degree?

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Although the U.S. Department of Education doesn't evaluate foreign degrees, employers may use credential evaluation services to determine if a foreign degree meets job requirements. These privately owned services are available for a price and aren't regulated by state or federal government.

The U.S. Department of Education website tells individuals seeking to work in the U.S. to contact the HR office of their prospective employer, or a state licensing board for specific professions, for instructions on how to get their education evaluated.

Employers may ask applicants to use a specific credential evaluation service to analyze foreign qualifications and recommend how they should be compared with similar U.S. qualifications, including educational degrees and professional credentials. Costs vary depending on how complex the evaluations are and how difficult they are to access. The applicant often pays for the service, but employers also may pay for it.

For certain regulated occupations that require specific degrees, licenses or other qualifications, a state licensing board may recommend a particular credential evaluation service. More than 50 professional occupations are licensed in all U. …

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