It is the responsibility of the applicant to know the requirements of the receiving institution and to provide the appropriate documentation. Please submit all relevant educational documents (i.e. diploma, transcript, mark sheets). The evaluation will indicate if originals, certified copies, or photocopies were submitted. Credentials equivalent to completion of professional or vocational training will not be included in the evaluation. If both secondary (high school) and university-level credentials are submitted, the Foundation for International Services, Inc. (FIS) will analyze the post-secondary studies only, unless requested at the time of application. English translations (preferably certified translations) are required for all non-English documents that are necessary to perform an evaluation. FIS offers translation services (these fees are in addition to the evaluation price).
Requests for Next Day Services must be received before 2:00pm (Pacific). Requests for Same Day Services must be received before 12:00pm (Pacific). Adding translation services will extend the turnaround time/due date.
- The fastest turnaround timing we offer for a combined Document by Document evaluation with translations is a total of 3 business days (this is with the purchase of a Next Day Service).
- One Week Document by Document evaluation combined with a translation service is extended to a total of 7 business days.
- The fastest timing we offer for Course by Course evaluation with translations is a 2 Week Service.
- FIS translation services are separate fees in addition to the evaluation price.
- Timing begins once payment is received and all necessary/requested documents are on file.
Evaluation reports are delivered via email as a high-resolution, color PDF. Organizations and institutions requiring paper/hard copies will be invoiced an additional fee for the cost of two paper reports and First Class Mail. FIS can send paper copies via express courier for an additional charge ($40 minimum for domestic /$70 minimum for international courier service) or if a courier billing number is provided by the client. Additional hard copies (beyond the first two) are available for $30 each. FIS strongly recommends sending and returning original documents via express courier. When sending original documents via express courier, a return envelope can also be purchased in order to avoid the FIS additional charge.
In preparing an evaluation report, every effort is made to consult appropriate resources in order to provide the most accurate evaluation possible consistent with the purpose of the request. The Foundation reserves the right to contact institutions/agencies and to verify the accuracy/authenticity of any documents submitted for evaluation. This may affect the timing of the evaluation. The decision as to whether a formal evaluation report will be completed rests solely with FIS. Any file inactive for more than six (6) months may be cancelled.
Document-by-Document Evaluations: A Document-by-Document report evaluates each foreign academic program to determine its corresponding US educational equivalent. These reports include institutional accreditation/recognition, program duration, dates of study, and entrance requirements. For an additional fee, the report may be modified to include a cumulative grade point average (GPA) per program/degree.
Expert Opinion Services: Expert Opinion services include Industry Standard, Extraordinary Ability, and Business Necessity letters. Expert Opinion evaluations may be needed for some types of immigration applications. Copies of the proposed job description, the RFE or DOL audit, and evidence of education and employment should be submitted to our Expert Opinion department for initial review.
Course-by-Course Evaluations: Course-by-Course evaluation fees include all post-secondary years of study. In addition to discussing institutional accreditation/recognition, program duration, dates of study, and entrance requirements, this comprehensive report includes a listing of the coursework completed within each program, along with the equivalent US credit hours and US grade per subject.
As a corporate member of the American Translators Association (ATA), FIS provides translation services in nearly every written language. Complete and legible documents are required and should be submitted electronically. FIS translations are completed by professional translators.
If you need a price quote, go to: Request Certified English Translation Quote
ADDITIONAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
How can I pay for my evaluation?
Applications for individuals must be prepaid by cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard. Personal checks will not be accepted for next business day service. Corporations, law firms and other approved organizations may be invoiced upon credit approval. A $25 minimum service charge will be assessed on all returned checks.
How can I obtain a refund?
Refunds will be made only in the event of overpayment. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing of refunds.
Evaluations: Files cancelled prior to evaluation will be subject to a $50 minimum cancellation fee. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing of any refunds. Files under verification may be cancelled, but the refund will be applied only if the documents are verified as authentic.
Translations: After payment is received and the translation process is underway, cancellations may be possible, but are often subject to a fee. If the translation has already been partially or fully completed at the time of the cancellation request, no refund is possible
Is there a military rate?
Special prices have been established for armed services recruiters. These fees are for high school equivalency only, and regular FIS fees will be applied if the evaluation includes postsecondary education. One copy will be emailed directly to the recruiter listed on the application. The applicant/recruit does not receive a copy, but can request a copy as noted below. In order to be eligible for special military prices, the application must be submitted by a recruiter.
Do I have to submit my original documents? Do my translations need to be certified?
FIS prefers, but does not require, the submission of original documents, especially for credential evaluations used for continuing education, licensure, certification and employment purposes. If copies are submitted, the final report will indicate this. FIS prefers, but does not require, the submission of certified translations. If certified translations are not provided or if FIS cannot verify the credentials of the translator, the final report will indicate this.
What is the Foundation’s policy on fraudulent documents?
When FIS suspects that documents submitted for evaluation were forged or altered in any way, no report will be prepared. All recipients indicated and appropriate agencies or organizations will be notified. No fees will be refunded and documents will be retained by FIS.
Is it possible to request a revision if I have additional information I want added to my report?
When additional evidence is submitted or additional language is requested, a re-evaluation fee will apply for Document-by-Document reports. A fee will apply for Course-by-Course report revisions. Revisions may only be requested by and performed for the client (company, law firm, or individual) who submitted and paid for the original report. Revisions may be requested up to six years beyond an evaluation report’s original issue date.
For Expert Opinions, re-evaluations occur when there is additional evidence or criteria submitted, which will incur a fee. Revisions to Expert Opinions which consist of only word changes must be made within five business days, or a late fee will apply.
Can I obtain additional copies of my report?
Additional paper/hard copies may be requested for an additional fee. A copy request form is required before a copy can be issued. The additional copy can only be issued at the request of the owner (person or company that submitted the initial evaluation request), unless a release form is provided. The release form must state that the person and/or company authorizes FIS to provide the report to the person/company requesting it. The release form should be signed. Reprints may be requested up to three years beyond an evaluation report’s original issue date.
Acceptance of Terms and Conditions:
By submitting an application of service to FIS, you are affirming and accepting the following:
- You certify that the information provided on the application is true, accurate and correct to the best of your knowledge.
- You understand that the evaluation is advisory in nature and the Foundation for International Services, Inc. assumes no liability for consequential damages when the desired equivalency cannot be recommended.
- You agree to reimburse the Foundation for International Services, Inc. for any and all costs, including legal expenses, which it may incur as a result of any claim that you (or anyone having an interest in your earnings or services) may make based on the evaluation determination which the Foundation makes relying on this application.
- You hereby certify that you have read the instructions and terms and conditions provided with the application forms and posted on the website and agree to the terms stated therein.
The Foundation for International Services, Inc. reserves the right to update equivalency/ placement recommendations. All policies and prices are subject to change without notice. Applicants are advised to contact the receiving organizations to confirm that reports from private evaluation agencies such as FIS are acceptable.