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Translation Waiver Scheme

Is your qualification certificate/award in English? If not, then you should take advantage of our Translation Waiver Scheme.

In order to ensure that we are able to evaluate qualifications correctly we require certified English translations of any document that isn't already in English. For certain languages, the Translation Waiver Scheme removes the additional time and expense of acquiring a translation from a third party and enables us to process an application for a Statement of Comparability without the usual requirement of a certified translation. This service is available to those who hold qualifications in the following languages:

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

If you hold a qualification and your documents are issued in one of these languages, you can benefit from this scheme by submitting photocopies of the original award. You do not need to provide a certified translation. This service waives the requirement for submission of a translation; however, UK NARIC does not provide written translations for applicants.

Should you require a translation of your qualification(s), you should contact your local translation agencies or the Embassy for assistance. Please note that if you apply for our Translation Waiver Scheme there is no guarantee that you will be able to speak to someone in your language about your application. The same also applies to any other queries you may have.

Additionally, you can avoid paying for a translation if you have a Diploma Supplement and/or Certificate Supplement issued in English.

Please note that at UK NARIC we are unable to provide a Comparability Statement for the grades obtained in your qualifications. It is recommended that you present transcripts directly to potential employers / admitting institutions for consideration on an individual basis in line with specific grade requirements.

How to apply

The recommended application route for obtaining a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability is online, through the User Portal. If your qualification(s) is (are) from a country covered by the Translation Waiver Scheme, you will be presented with the option to select this service during the application process. Upon registering an account, you can complete your entire application online by submitting your contact details, uploading any required documentation, and making payment. You will be able to track the progress of your application, and remain in contact with the specialists here at UK NARIC by using the messaging function built into the portal. It is possible for you to apply by post, however please note that we will require printed copies (not originals) of all documentation (detailed below) as well as a covering letter explaining the purpose of your enquiry, clearly stating that you are interested in the Translation Waiver Scheme, and providing your contact details.

We require the following documentation in order to process your enquiry:

  • a photocopy or scanned version of your certificate(s) together with final transcript(s) in the original language
  • a covering letter or email with your contact details clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry
  • a photocopy or scanned version of a certified translation in English (if you hold a further qualification certificate and it is in a language not covered by the Translation Waiver Scheme)
  • payment for the service (see details below)
  • if applying by post, please include a covering letter containing your contact details, highlighting that you are interested in using the Translation Waiver Scheme, and clearly stating the purpose of your enquiry. If applying online, please include any relevant information relating to the purpose of your enquiry within the “Application Notes” field prior to submission of your application
  • there is no need to send us a self-addressed envelope; a postage option is provided within the check-out process.

All documentation should either be uploaded directly through the user portal, or be sent to us by post or fax.

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

Oriel House
Oriel Road
GL50 1XP

Or by fax to:

+44 (0)871 330 7005

Please note that UK NARIC Statements of Comparability will be delivered to applicants by post.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the service is £30.00 + VAT* (£36.00) per application in addition to the cost of a Statement of Comparability.

If you are applying from an address outside of the EU, you are not required to pay VAT.

To find out more about the payment options that are available please visit the payment options section of our site.