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Credential Evaluations Gone Wrong: Carlos Risks Losing Everything

July 26, 2011

I recently told you a story about how one rogue credential evaluation company possibly ruined Amit’s dream of attending graduate school by inaccurately evaluating his 3-year Indian Bachelor’s degree. In Amit’s case, he may never attend business school because of this mistake. In a new case of credential evaluations gone wrong, Carlos actually made it through graduate school with his inaccurately evaluated degree from Spain, only to have it bite him in the behind much later.

Years ago, Carlos received an evaluation of his 3-year “Diplomado” from a large well-known evaluation service with a recommendation that his degree was equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree (which is, by the way, not in agreement with the majority of international education experts who recommend only three years of undergraduate education for the Spanish Diplomado). Carlos then used this evaluation to become licensed as a teacher in the United States and eventually enter a graduate program. Now, after Carlos has already been a practicing teacher for years, he has to reapply for a new type of Visa from the U.S. Government.

In reviewing his credentials, Immigration Services came across Carlos’ evaluation, and having a strict policy against accepting 3-year programs like the Diplomado as comparable to U.S. Bachelor degrees, they rejected his Visa application based upon doubt created by the evaluation.

It turns out that the large, well-known service that evaluated Carlos’ credentials recently decided to become more generous than most other evaluation experts when recommending U.S. credit for many foreign 3-year programs, and institutions like Immigration Services appear to disapprove.

Carlos now faces an uncertain future. So his immigration attorney approached SDR Educational Consultants to do a comprehensive analysis of Carlos’ credentials and competencies.

SDR is hence forced to explain that while Carlos’ initial educational evaluation was inaccurate, based on domestic education and work experience after the initial evaluation, he in fact meets current requirements for a new Visa. However, just because SDR now vouches for Carlos doesn’t mean Immigration Services will grant him his Visa.

The jury is still out on Carlos’ decision. But this is yet another example of why it’s important for trust-worthy evaluators to collaborate with each other and communicate with consumers. Without transparency and some consistency across the industry, students as well as evaluators face unwarranted dilemmas down the road.

So what’s the solution? Carlos’ attorney has come to SDR Educational Consultants because it is a trusted member of AICE (the Association of International Credential Evaluators). As such, Carlos’ attorney knows that SDR holds itself to the highest standards in the industry. But there is no guarantee that Immigration Services will overturn their decision to reject Carlos’ Visa application. The best solution is to ensure your foreign credentials are evaluated by a trust-worthy expert the first time around.

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  1. July 28, 2011 7:17 pm

    Excellent post! It goes to show that consistency in educational equivalency reporting and collaborating with other expert professionals in the industry protects the international candidate against the very problems faced by the individual whose experience you’ve shared in this post.

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