Employment - Experiential Reports
Services and Fees
Applications must be submitted through the attorney on behalf of the applicant. Please note that this type of evaluation cannot be used for educational or licensure purposes.
A file number will be assigned and notification will be sent upon receipt of the application. Every effort will be made to mail the evaluation within 10 business days. Yet, if additional documentation and/or fees is/are required, the turnaround time will be effective from the date of receipt of all requested materials.
This report provides evaluations based on combined academic and professional experience.
According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, individuals may be regarded as having a degree equivalency based on a combination of academic achievement and significant and broad professional experience, regardless of whether studies were completed.
IERF provides an assessment of these experiences for immigration and employment certification only.
IERF evaluation reports are issued on special script-safe paper that cannot be altered.
If requesting a Rush service, please note that ALL fees must be paid by cashier's check, money order or credit card only. No personal checks will be accepted.
24-Hour Rush (Next Business Day)
- $200 in addition to the report fee
- Turn-around time is 24 hours from receipt of the application, required documents and fee
- $85 in addition to the report fee
- Turn-around time is 5 business days from the receipt of the application, required documents and fee
Please submit a set of photocopies (front and back) of all original documents, including translations. Otherwise, you will be assessed a $20 fee.
Evaluations are sent via regular mail unless otherwise requested.
You may request:
- Domestic Secure Mailing for $20 per address
- Domestic Next Day Delivery for $35 per address
If original documents are submitted, we recommend either Secure Mailing or Domestic Next Day Delivery (which will have a tracking number) for the return of the academic records. Otherwise the documents will not be returned, unless we receive written instructions to return them via regular mail. IERF accepts no liability related to the loss or damage of documents during mailing.
- Payment in the form of a check (unless requesting a RUSH service), cashier's check, money order or credit card must accompany all applications, and must be payable to IERF.
- Overseas payments must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a United States bank. If payment is being made by a bank draft, an additional $15 processing fee is required.
IERF Document Requirements
(please note that there are also IERF Country-Specific Requirements)
The following must be submitted:
- Transcripts / Mark Sheets / Examination Certificates / Academic Records indicating courses/subjects, hours of study/units/credits, and grades/marks/examination results, issued in the original language. These must be issued on institutional letterhead and include official signatures and seals. If the hours/units/credits are not included on the academic records, please submit program descriptions/syllabi issued by the institution, where applicable.
- Diplomas / Graduation Certificates / Degree Certificates issued in the original language (indicating that a degree/qualification has been earned or that a program of study has been completed)
- If available, plan of studies / curriculum indicating the structure of the program of study
- Copy of the title page, abstract, table of contents, and first ten pages of the dissertation for the evaluation of doctoral studies
- Proof of name change (if applicable), e.g. copy of a marriage certificate or other legal document
Please note that if an applicant has continued on to postsecondary studies, he/she is not required to submit academic records for secondary studies. Also, if the applicant has completed graduate studies, the undergraduate academic records are still required as supporting documentation, although he/she may request to not include them in the evaluation.
To prevent any potential delay in the processing of an application, it is recommended that original documents are submitted. Original records are required for licensure (i.e., accounting, architecture, teaching, etc.). IERF reserves the right to request original documents at any time during the evaluation process. Official certified true copies of academic records issued by the institution of study or relevant government body may be acceptable as original, whereas notarized copies are not.
Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
This must include details of employment and supporting documents must be submitted in order to establish professional experience. The documentation should include letters from employers verifying employment and specific responsibilities. Additional examples include copies of payment stubs, performance reviews, and service awards. If applicable, copies of publications and portfolios should be submitted.
Description of the Position
Please provide us with a detailed description of the position being offered, if applicable.
Original documents (including translations) must be accompanied by clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back). Otherwise, a $20 fee will be assessed. Photocopies become the property of IERF.
Translations must be submitted for all records not officially issued in English. These must be in the same format as the original-language documents, line-by-line, word-for-word, and must be typed. IERF reserves the right to request translations prepared by professional translation services. If submitting official or original translations, a set of clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back) should be included.
IERF has negotiated a special discount with University Language Services for our applicants who use their translation services. They can be contacted directly through their website for the discount.
Request for Additional Information
Be certain that all the necessary documents have been gathered before sending the application, as missing documents will delay the processing of the evaluation.
Please note that at any time during the evaluation process, IERF reserves the right to request original documents, additional documents, and/or that documents be sent directly to IERF by the issuing institutions. All records received from the institution(s) of study will become the property of IERF and will not be returned to the applicant.
The requested documentation and/or fees must be submitted within 4 months. Otherwise, the case will be closed and a $80 fee will be required to re-open it.
Work Experience Fields
- Architectural Engineering
- Business Administration
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Computer Information Systems
- Early Childhood Education
- Electrical Engineering
- Elementary Education
- Hospitality Management
- Human Resources
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Technology
- International Business
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Marine Engineering
- Materials or Construction Management
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Music Teaching
- Music/Sound Engineering
- Music Management
- Petroleum Engineering
- Physical Education
- Physical Therapy
- Production Engineering
- Public Relations
- Radio and TV
- Real Estate
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- Translation and Interpretation
- Video Production
Please contact us for other professional fields.
Terms and Conditions
Please review the following terms and conditions:
The evaluation reports prepared by IERF are advisory in nature and in no way limit an agency or institution in making its own determination as to the level of education and allocation of credit to be allowed for the foreign credentials. IERF is not liable for consequential damages if the desired equivalency is not recommended.
Any questions concerning specific requirements and procedures for licensure, employment, or admissions criteria should be addressed by the applicant to the appropriate licensing board, agency or institution.
Altered or Irregular Documents
If forged, altered, or falsified documents are submitted to IERF, the request for evaluation will be immediately cancelled. All documents (original and photocopies) become the property of IERF. No refund will be issued. The information will be made available to the appropriate parties (academic institutions, government agencies, professional organizations and other evaluation services).
In the event of any disputes between the applicant and IERF, such disputes shall be governed by California law and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County courts.
IERF services are conducted solely by regular mail and the internet. Academic records, however, may only be submitted by regular mail or Courier Service.
Changes to an application must be submitted in writing. Once the evaluation is completed, an applicant has 90 days from the date of issue of the evaluation report within which to raise any questions concerning its content. Thereafter, the file will be closed.
Damaged or Lost Documents
Original documents submitted by the applicant are returned by a secure mailing service. While every effort is made by IERF to ensure the proper handling of educational documents, IERF accepts no liability related to the loss or damage of documents.
Limited Liability of Service
While every effort will be made to complete the evaluation within the requested timeframe, IERF cannot guarantee processing times and assumes no liability related to the delay of an evaluation report.
IERF shall not be responsible for any incidental or consequential damages that an applicant may incur if the educational equivalency anticipated by the applicant is not issued as the evaluation report, based on IERF research, may differ from an applicant’s interpretation or that provided by another party. IERF shall not be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the evaluation report. Furthermore, the applicant agrees to reimburse IERF for any and all costs, including legal expenses, which may incur as a result of any claim that the applicant (or anyone having any interest in the applicant’s earnings or services) may make, based on the recommended equivalency.
Reassessment of Equivalencies
IERF bases its evaluation analysis on the best information available to professionals in applied comparative education in the United States at the time when the evaluation is made. When additional information becomes available, IERF reserves the right to reassess educational equivalencies when copies of an evaluation report are requested.
Evaluations based on documents not submitted with the original request are considered to be new evaluations, and a new payment of the fee is required. Requests to change a General Report to a Detail Report (or the reverse) will be subject to the fee applicable to that report. The amount paid for any previous evaluation report is not credited toward the charge for a re-evaluation.
No refunds will be issued once an application has been submitted, even if the applicant disagrees with the evaluation.
A check that is returned due to insufficient funds is subject to an additional $30 fee.
IERF reserves the right to contact educational and governmental institutions for additional information and/or verification of the authenticity of the credentials submitted, including, but not limited to, sending copies of credentials to the institution.
Authorization for Release
IERF may release information about an applicant’s status including copies of educational records where these are required by the agency for whom the evaluation is being prepared.
Refusal of Service
IERF reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
Information Subject to Change
The information provided by IERF on this website and on the application is subject to change at any time.