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Statement of Comparability with Translation Waiver Service

The UK NARIC Statement of Comparability is a document that can be used in support of your international qualifications.

It guides universities, colleges, employers and professional bodies on how your qualifications relate to UK qualifications and certificates.

Normally, we need from you copies of your qualifications in English, or certified translations in English, to produce a Statement of Comparability.

Using the Translation Waiver Service means we work with your qualifications in their original language.

This avoids the need for a translation.

This saves you the trouble and expense of obtaining a certified translation from a qualified translator or a translation agency.

The service costs extra, but may be worthwhile for you if it saves you the cost of translation.

At the moment, the Translation Waiver Service is available for these languages:

Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish.

Note – we do NOT provide you with a translation of your certificates as part of this service. This service is designed to give you a Statement of Comparability in English without needing a separate certified translation of your certificates.

How to apply for a Statement of Comparability using the Translation Waiver Service

If you require a written Statement of Comparability with Translation Waiver, you can apply online.

You can register and complete your entire application online. You can track the progress of your application, and contact UK NARIC using the built-in messaging function.

You can also apply by post. We will need paper copies (not originals) of all your documents (detailed below) and a letter giving your contact details and the purpose of your enquiry.

We need the following from you:

If you apply online, you can upload scanned files. If you apply by post, send photocopies. Do NOT send original certificates.

  1. A copy of your certificate(s) together with copies of final transcript(s) in the original language.
  2. Select a postage/delivery option and include payment for services plus postage/delivery.

If applying by post, include your contact details and a note to explain the purpose of your enquiry. Do not send a self-addressed envelope - your postage payment includes postage and packing. If you apply online, include any extra information in the “Application Notes” field on the screen.

If you are applying by post, please send all documentation to the following address:

Oriel House
Oriel Road
GL50 1XP


The Translation Waiver Service costs £30.00 + VAT* (£36.00) in addition to the Statement of Comparability price, plus postage for your selected postage/delivery option.

How long does it take?

Normally – 10-15 working days (non-Fast Track) from the date we receive all documents and payment from you - plus postage/delivery time.

Note that this is not guaranteed. In some cases, less common qualifications may require additional research and may take longer. In these cases, we will let you know - you will be able to withdraw your application, if you wish.

You can call us on +44 (0)871 330 7033 for advice over the telephone (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline; mobile providers and other networks may vary), Monday to Friday (9:00am to 5:00pm).

*VAT is payable within the EU