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Evaluating Foreign Credentials for H-1 B Petitions

The evaluation of foreign credentials for H-1B applicants is required when the applicant’s degrees are from other than the United States.  If the H-1B applicant has a U.S. Master’s degree or PhD. degree previous degrees from outside the U.S. do not need to be evaluated.

The following documents should be included in order for the H-1B’s transcripts to be evaluated:

  • The applicant’s CV  (Curriculum Vitae) including all tertiary level degrees awarded
  • An official Bachelor’s degree in the original language with literal English translations
  • An official Bachelor’s transcript in the original language with literal English translations
  • An official Master’s degree in the original language with literal English translations if applicable
  • An official Master’s transcript in the original language with literal English translations if applicable
  • An official PhD. Degree in the original language with literal English translations if applicable

Whenever an evaluation of a foreign degree is part of the H-1B package, practitioners should submit transcripts of coursework completed along with the educational evaluations to avoid requests for evidence. H-1B units have been issued an increasing number of RFEs requesting transcripts where an Educational evaluation has already been submitted.