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Answers to Your Indian Credential Evaluation Questions

Thursday | February 21, 2019 | by Justine D’Souza

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Getting your credentials evaluated is an important part of migrating from India to the United States or Canada. To complete the process as easily as possible with World Education Services (WES), you must carefully follow all of the instructions during the application process. However, if you still have questions, this blog post might offer some answers for you!

Keep reading for answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) about getting an Indian credential evaluation from WES.

(If you are not from India, please review our Required Documents page for the most up-to-date information for your country.)

WES Credential Evaluation Criteria for Indian Students

Does WES evaluate my college or university?

WES has evaluated documents for thousands of individuals educated in India. If you attended a duly authorized and recognized institution, it is likely that WES can evaluate your documents.

I completed a research-based program that did not issue a transcript. Can I still get an evaluation?

Yes, WES can evaluate research-based programs.

Please send us a degree certificate by postal mail and have your school send this form directly to WES in a sealed and stamped envelope.

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Document Requirements

Do I need to send transcripts or mark sheets?

WES accepts both consolidated transcripts and yearly mark sheets, provided they are issued and sent by degree-granting institutions.

I have a master’s degree. Do I need to send my bachelor’s degree, as well?

The following criteria will help you determine if you need to send your bachelor’s degree documents:

  • You do NOT need to send your bachelor’s degree documents if you have one of the following degrees: Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy, or Master of Technology.
  • If you have a master’s degree from India, and it does not fall into the categories above, you MUST also submit your bachelor’s degree documents. WES cannot evaluate the master’s degree without the bachelor’s degree.

If you got your master’s degree outside of India, you will probably not need to send bachelor’s degree documents. Our evaluators will contact you if they require further documentation for your evaluation.


Sometimes our evaluators review your documents and determine that they have further questions. WES reserves the right to verify all documents submitted for evaluation. WES will contact your institution or other authorized source to authenticate your documents. Once WES receives a response, it will proceed with your evaluation.

Keep reading for the answers to frequently asked questions on this topic:

My school has not received your email for secondary verification (VDR). What email address did you send it to,and what can I do?

WES sends documents for secondary verification to the appropriate designated official at each institution. You typically do not need to take part during this transaction.

Why does WES verify documents?

Our goal is to evaluate documents accurately and confirm that each one is valid. Because of our rigorous authentication practices, many academic institutions, licensing bodies, and immigration authorities trust credential evaluations from WES.

Document Requirements

WES updated its document requirements for India on December 1, 2018. For orders (including new applications and upgrades) submitted on or after December 1, WES only accepts documents mailed directly by the appropriate institution in a sealed envelope, following the format stated on our website. WES will not accept documents sent by students, third party agents, or anyone else.

Did WES issue your reference number on or after December 1, 2018? If so, then the new policy applies to your documents.

Below are the answers to some common document requirement questions:

What are my options if my institution will not send my documents directly to WES?

Please contact your institution. WES only accepts documents in sealed envelopes that are mailed directly by the institutions (universities or autonomous colleges) themselves.

My institution will not send documents directly to WES, but I have an attested copy in a sealed envelope. Can I submit the documents myself?

No. WES only accepts documents in sealed envelopes that are mailed directly by the institutions themselves.

Will the new requirements impact my current account?

If WES issued your reference number on or after December 1, 2018, then the new policy applies to you. If your WES reference number was issued before December 1, 2018, then the new policy does not apply. For more information, please visit our Help Center.

If my account was cancelled, but I sent my documents to WES prior to December 1, 2018, do I need to resubmit my documents? Or can WES use the documents I previously sent?

If your previous account was cancelled and you submit a new application, a new reference number is issued to you. So, you must follow the new document requirements.

If you have further questions, please refer to our Help Center.

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Justine D'Souza

Justine D’Souza is the Social Media and Community Management Associate at World Education Services.