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Understanding WES Required Documents

Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | by WES Advisor

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Academic credentials are valuable documents (for example, a certificate, degree, or diploma) that you earned at an academic institution. If you are seeking education or employment opportunities in Canada or the U.S., it is important to have your credentials evaluated by WES to prove the validity and authenticity of your documents.

The documents that are sent to WES must be:

  • Issued by recognized educational institutions
  • Issued or translated into English
  • Signed and sealed by authorized officials (view an example)

Instructions on which documents to submit to WES and how to submit them will vary depending on the country you studied in. It is important to carefully follow the provided instructions to make sure your evaluation is completed on time. WES also recommends requesting credentials from the academic institution(s) you attended and submit your application as early as possible to avoid any delay.

If needed, you may need to send the original documents to WES and WES may submit documents for verification to the institution(s) that issued them. If the institution(s) charge a fee in exchange for information, it is your responsibility as the applicant to pay the institution directly.

If you have additional questions about WES credential evaluations, please visit our Help Center.

WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 40 years of experience in international education. We provide tips and advice for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, and immigration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.