ECA: a Degree of Freedom

We decided to do our Education Credential Assessment (ECA) with World Education Services (WES) mainly because of their time limit (20 business days). Moreover, all Brazilian posts we’ve read summarized successful experiences with WES.

The first step is to gather all documents. During this process, we discovered that Universidade de São Paulo already offers undergrad transcripts in English, and some faculties from USP offer grad transcripts in English, too. Excellent, we could save some money in translation!

In our case, we did two ECAS. The principal applicant had a bachelor’s, a master’s and a doctoral degree. Spouse had a bachelor and a master’s degree. We were pretty sure about the equivalency of our undergrad and master’s courses, but we had doubts about the doctorate since we hadn’t find other people from Brazil that did the equivalency.

We sent all documents on April 10th and our envelopes arrived there two days later. On May 2nd (11 business days), the principal applicant received ECA. All courses were considered equivalent, including Ph.D. The spouse’s ECA took longer and was completed only on May 24th (28 business days). We have no idea about what caused the delay, but, in the end, all courses were considered equivalent.

We chose the courier delivery, which is United Parcel Service of America (UPS). They had a problem at the frontier because Brazilian Customs required the applicant’s Cadastro de Pessoa Física (CPF) number to release the document. UPS had to contact us and it caused another delay. Principal applicant’s ECA arrived on May 17th and Spouse’s on May 30th.

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