Although the US government does not have a specific agency for title validation, there are associations that can perform these tasks.
In the United States, the validation processes for university and postgraduate degrees taken abroad vary depending on the profession. There are some professions that require going through longer processes so that foreigners can practice their profession. In addition, it is a process carried out by associations and private organizations.
Organizations such as the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), have a directory of associations dedicated to the validation of academic documents from abroad. For example, Foreign Credential Services of America, which validate degrees for engineering and teaching, or Center for Applied Research, Evaluations and Education The Center for Applied Research, specialized in validating university degrees in law, medicine, dentistry, nursing, accounting, among others .
On the other hand, organizations such as the American Translators Association (ATA), are responsible for certifying translations of documents in foreign languages.
To start this process you need to meet the documentation requirements, which are:
- University degree, either undergraduate or graduate
- High school diploma
- Study Plan
- Transcript, certificate of qualifications or similar
- Other certification documents (optional)
- All documents must present a certified translation.
When gathering all the documents, it is necessary to fill out an application form before the organization that will carry out the validation. This procedure has a cost from 80 to 185 dollars.
Subsequently, and this depends on your profession and the state where you decide to practice, you may be eligible to take the theoretical and practical exams to obtain your professional license.
In addition, this process not only serves so that you can practice your profession but also to continue and complete your university studies in the United States. One of the advantages is that this process can be carried out digitally, if necessary.
It is worth mentioning that there are professions that do not require certifications, such as journalists, merchants, designers, public relations. However, this depends on the state where the foreign professional wishes to practice his profession.