Evaluations of foreign credentials such as foreign degrees may or may not be issued prior to the verification of the authenticity of the credentials that were evaluated. Some companies verify these credentials and others do not. One difficulty in verifying these credentials is that it can take weeks or months for institutions abroad to respond to requests for verification.
In more than 99% of the cases overall, verification requests turn up negative for fraud. That is, the credentials are found to be authentic. Universities want to make admissions decisions on a timely basis based on the four corners of the credentials presented to them with the assumption that those credentials will turn out to be authentic. For that reason, many people do not think that verification of foreign credentials is important or worth the time and expense involved.
SpanTran disagrees – the company believes that the integrity of the whole system of education and licensing demands that evaluations of these credentials be based upon due diligence of the authenticity of those credentials. How else to honor the work of those that actually earned those degrees and to ensure that people with fraudulent credentials are not given a pass into institutions of higher learning or professional licenses that are not qualified? Do you want to be operated on by a doctor who got his license because some evaluations company said he was qualified without even taking the time to try and find out?
One way to keep the trains running on time and to do right in the meantime is to release a credential evaluation “pending verification.” Meaning that the evaluation is issued under the assumption that the credentials that were evaluated will be authentic upon verification, but that if in fact they are found to be inauthentic, the evaluation will be rescinded.
SpanTran now offers candidates and institutions a real-time method of finding out the status of a verification request through its website. By putting in one’s name and SpanTran case number, one can query the SpanTran database to find out whether (i) the verification request remains pending, (ii) the verification has been completed and the documents were found to be authentic, (iii) the request remains open due to the failure of the institution to reply to repeated requests for verification; or (iv) the credentials have been found to be not authentic.
Once a person has queried the database, the person can enter an email address so that notification can be sent once the verification process is complete. Notification will only be sent automatically if the credentials have been found to be not authentic. Otherwise, the person can continue to query the database or assume that no news is good news for the meantime.
SpanTran invests heavily in maintaining and sharing information about fraud with other member companies of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and institutions of higher learning. SpanTran is committed to maintaining the integrity of the industry of evaluations of foreign credentials. It is that integrity built over a 30 year history of performing credential evaluations and verifying those credentials that makes its evaluations trusted by colleges and universities as well as professional licensing boards.