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How to Obtain Recognition of Foreign Qualifications to Work in the U.S.

If you’ve decided that you want to come to the United States to work, there are several things that you need to complete as part of this process. In addition to obtaining work visas and potential employment, you will need to make sure that your foreign qualifications are recognized in the United States.

This is an important step to ensure you are qualified and eligible to work in the same field or profession you practice in your home country. Our article details why this recognition of qualifications is important and how to obtain it as you prepare to work in the United States.

Why Do You Need Your Foreign Qualifications Recognized?

When it comes to obtaining employment in the United States, any foreign qualifications, such as academic transcripts and professional licensure, must be evaluated and recognized for you to be eligible to work. It’s important to have your foreign qualifications properly evaluated and recognized, as these are what employers use to determine if you are a good fit for a position with their company or what licensing boards use to ensure you can practice legally in the United States. Without obtaining recognition of your foreign qualifications, you may be ineligible to obtain a United States work visa or employment in the United States.

Obtaining Recognition of Foreign Qualifications to Work in the U.S.

Reviewing the below steps helps you understand what it takes to obtain recognition of foreign qualifications to work in the United States. Make sure you keep in mind that recognition of foreign qualifications is generally done on a case-by-case basis and depends heavily on your unique situation, including factors like the state you are trying to work in, your education, your profession, and any credential evaluation you may be required to obtain.

Check With Your Prospective Employer

The first step in obtaining recognition for your foreign credentials is checking with your potential employer and seeing what is required. Generally, the human resources department of a company handles this and will speak with international applicants about what is required to submit along with an application to be eligible to work at the company. Most of the time, the documents required will be certified translations of academic transcripts, professional licensing information, documents detailing specific employment experience, and sometimes a credential evaluation.

The United States Network for Education Information (USNEI) gives more information on working in the United States and the steps required as part of this process. You can also review information about visas for employment on the U.S. Department of State’s website.

Consult State Licensing Boards

In addition to reviewing information from potential employers, you will need to consult state licensing boards for the profession you intend to practice in the United States, if applicable. State licensing information is only required for those that intend to practice a professional licensed profession once they are in the United States; examples of these professions with licensing requirements include accounting, law, engineering, and nursing.

As you review information about obtaining professional licensure in the United States, make sure to also check with the state government websites of the state you intend to move to. Professional licensing is handled state by state, and there are no overarching federal requirements for this.

In order to have your foreign qualifications recognized, you will most likely need to submit certified translation of academic transcripts and other licensing information to the state licensing board for your profession. USNEI provides more information for professionals looking to work in the United States.

Occasionally, you may find that you are required to complete additional educational courses or on-the-job training to be completely eligible for work in the United States. This is dependent on your profession, the state licensing board, and the education credits you have already obtained.

Obtain Credential Evaluations

Obtaining a credential evaluation is the process of having foreign qualifications received from overseas academic institutions or technical schools evaluated to determine how they compare to similar programs in the United States. Potential employers or state licensing boards may require you to submit a credential evaluation along with certified translations of academic information from any institution you’ve attended.

If you are applying for a job with the United States government, review this information on how the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Education might evaluate any foreign education or qualifications you have.

If an employer or other state licensing board asks you to obtain a credential evaluation, you can access a credential evaluation service via either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators. Both of these organizations are committed to upholding high standards and proper practices in regard to credential evaluation.

It’s important to note that credential evaluation services are not free, and you may need to pay a few hundred dollars for this service depending on the documents you need evaluated, the specific service you choose, and whether or not you need to pay expedited order fees.

Obtain Certified Translations

Certified translations of your important documents such as academic transcripts from foreign institutions are important to obtain because you will need these documents during every step of the process to work in the United States. Not only will potential employers ask you for these documents, but so will state licensing boards and most credential evaluation services.

Obtain a certified translation of your important documents that you can count on through our online store. Once you’ve got these documents secured, you can look into potential employers, credential evaluation, and United States work visas.

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Can you expedite my translation?2020-10-13T08:31:38-04:00

Yes, we apply a surcharge of 50% to expedited translations and it is a service we offer for most common language combinations.

With expedited service we can reduce the delivery time by approximately 50%. If your document is only 1 page, we can often provide same day service.

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Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as law and engineering.

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What is a certified translation?2020-04-10T10:52:38-04:00

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.

How much does it cost?2021-04-13T11:31:37-04:00

The price for a certified translation is $29.00 per page. No hidden fees.
Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How are the pages counted?2022-06-28T09:54:53-04:00

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. We take into consideration both the number of physical pages in your original document and the total word count.

Each page may contain up to 250 words. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For example: A project with 2 physical pages that each contain 500 words (1,000 words total), is calculated as 4 pages (1,000 words ÷ 250 = 4 pages).

What happens if I don’t count the number of pages correctly?2020-04-10T10:48:37-04:00

Don’t worry. Our team reviews each order individually. If the number of pages is greater, we’ll contact you with instructions on how to proceed. If you ordered pages in excess, we’ll issue you a refund using the same payment method.

How long will it take to translate my document?2021-06-07T18:46:33-04:00

For most common languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, you can expect to receive a 1-3 page translation in 1 business day. Larger projects (4 – 10 pages) can take up to 3 business days.

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays. 

Do you offer notarized translations?2021-11-10T14:29:32-05:00

No, we do not offer notarized translation services.

Standard Translation

How much does it cost?2020-11-12T06:22:39-05:00

The price for a standard translation is $0.12 per word. No hidden fees.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

Is there a minimun?2020-11-11T11:10:45-05:00

Yes. The minimum per project is $24 or 200 words.

What is a standard translation?2020-11-11T11:14:07-05:00

A standard translation is a high-quality, professional translation of documents or text-based files delivered in an editable Word file. If you require a different format (pages, rtf, txt) just let us know when placing your order using the comments field. This service is perfect for:

  • Press releases, employee manuals
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How do you ensure quality?2020-04-10T11:12:59-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as marketing, law and engineering. We’re very selective and accept less than 10% of the translators that apply.

A typical translator working for U.S. Language Services has over 5 years of experience and is fluent or bilingual in English and the source or target language.

What languages do you translate?2022-03-21T11:43:14-04:00

U.S. Language Services provides translation services in 35 languages. We translate both from English and into English:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
How long will it take?2021-06-07T18:46:35-04:00

For most common languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish you can expect to receive:

  • A 500 word translation in 1 business day
  • A 1,000 word translation in 2 business days
  • A 2,000 word translation in 3 business days
  • A 5,000 word translation in 5 business days

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

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