Please note that since this article has been published immigration guidance has changed. Please see our post UK NARIC’s Visas and Nationality Service launches on 6 April which contains more up-to-date information.
If you are applying for a job or to study in the UK, but have qualifications from outside the UK, how can you be sure that you satisfy the necessary requirements? UK NARIC can help you!
UK NARIC provides information and advice about qualifications and skills to individuals from overseas; our services are designed to assist you when applying for jobs and courses in the UK.
Both UK NARIC’s Statement of Comparability and Career Path Report can help potential employers and education providers understand international qualifications by comparing an individual’s overseas awards to levels within the UK qualification frameworks, enabling them to make informed decisions about their applicants.
Statement of Comparability
UK NARIC can provide two officially-recognised documents. The first is a Statement of Comparability, which will include information about the standards of your awards in comparison to UK qualifications. It confirms the status of overseas qualifications and their comparable level in the UK, irrespective of it being an academic, vocational or professional award. It is used by universities, colleges, employers and Government departments and agencies, forming part of their decision-making process.
Career Path Report
Career Path Reports provide more detailed information about how an individual’s qualification compares to UK levels, the education system where the qualification was studied and recommendations for future study and/or professional development in the UK.
Both documents are available for qualifications awarded in many different kinds of institutions, including colleges, schools and universities. The main purpose of these documents is to ensure UK employers and education providers understand the level of your qualifications.
UK NARIC Application process
Applying to UK NARIC is easy; the best way to apply is online; simply visit www.naric.org.uk and click on the “Online Application” button. There is a cost for the services and you will be required to submit photocopies of your qualification documents with your application. UK NARIC can also save you the time and hassle of providing English translations for your qualification documents. For certain languages we offer a service whereby we use our in-house experts to evaluate qualifications from the original documents.
The Statement of Comparability and the Career Path Report take up to 15 working days to be produced, although this does not include delivery time. Having your qualifications reviewed and assessed by UK NARIC does not take long, but it could make a huge difference to your whole career in the UK.
Applying through the Points Based System*
If you live outside the European Economic Area and you wish to come to the UK to work or study then you will need to apply through the Points Based System (PBS) for immigration. Under the PBS there are a number of different routes through which you can apply; the main work route is Tier 2 and the study route is Tier 4.*
The Statement of Comparability and Career Path Report can help support your application. These documents will clearly state the level of your qualifications in UK terms.
Before you apply through the Points Based System we suggest you check the Home Office website to ensure that you are supplying the correct documentation.
(this page can be viewed on the UK NARIC website http://bit.ly/Y8GbSx)
Tim Buttress, January 2013
*Please check the Home Office website to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information.