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Declaration of value

 

Declaration of value

The Qualifications Office only issues "Dichiarazioni di Valore" (Declarations of Value, DV) of qualifications - issued by recognised educational institutions (schools, colleges, and universities) or professional bodies - that fall under the British education/university system and that are based in this Consulate General catchment area (Scotland and Northern Ireland).

To have your foreign qualifications recognised in Italy, whether to continue your studies (school/University), or for work purposes, you will need to contact the relevant Italian Consulate, who will issue a "Dichiarazione di Valore".

The "Declaration of Value" is a document of an informative nature that describes the foreign qualification in question and provides every useful piece of information to allow the relevant Italian authorities to evaluate the qualification itself for the purposes of its recognition in Italy.

The Declaration of Value does not imply any recognition, equivalence, or approval of the qualification to which it refers. It will be up to the relevant Italian institutions (Ministry of Education, Uffici Scolastici Provinciali, Universities, etc.) to subsequently declare if a foreign qualification has a similar Italian equivalent: this is called “equipollenza” (equivalence/certificate of comparability).

 

How to apply for a Declaration of Value

Applications for a Declaration of Value can be submitted by post only, sending all the relevant documents to the following address:

Ufficio Titoli di Studio

Consolato Generale d'Italia

32 Melville Street

EH3 7HA – Edinburgh

 

Which documents do I need to submit?

1) Application form (click HERE) duly filled and signed (handwritten signature). The applicant must provide post and phone contacts;

2) copy of a valid identity document (passport or national identity card);

3) Verified and certified copy of the original Degree Certificate legalised by means of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office apostille

First, a verified and certified copy of the original title must be obtained through a UK-based (not necessarily Scotland- or Northern Ireland-based) notary public or solicitor

For solicitors and notaries public in Scotland click HERE

For solicitors and notaries public in Northern Ireland click HERE

Afterwards, the verified and certified copy of the original document must be sent to the Legalisation Office of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) to be legalised by means of an apostille; for further details click HERE

4) According to your qualification, one of the following:

- For SQA/professional qualifications: Letter of attendance issued by your School/College specifying:

a) name, surname and d.o.b. of the applicant

b) the dates of registration of the student

c) the normal legal duration of the course

d) explanation of the grading system

- For University qualifications: Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) or academic transcript, specifying:

a) name, surname, d.o.b. of the applicant and date of first enrolment of the student at the University

b) normal legal duration of the degree course

c) whether the course included a period of study abroad and if so, where this took place

d) whether the qualification included a dissertation or the presentation of a project

e) explanation of the grading system

- For PhD diplomas: Letter/Academic Statement from University Department or Faculty specifying:

a) name, surname and d.o.b. of the applicant

b) normal legal duration of the course

c) whether the studies were full time or part time

d) whether the course comprised periods of research or work internship

e) entry requirements (whether Bachelor/Master/Honours degree etc.).

5) (if due) payment of the relevant consular fee for a Declaration of Value (art. 66n TC) – check the latest consular fees HERE

6) (if the documents are to be returned to an address in the UK): a self-addressed pre-paid envelope (“Special Delivery” recommended).

Incomplete applications will not be processed and they will be returned to the applicant.

 

Payment methods

- If the payment is received from within the UK, by postal order made payable to the “Italian Consulate General”; please, write your name on the back of it;

- If the payment is received from outside the UK, by bank transfer:

Account name: Consulate General of Italy

IBAN: GB69 BOFS 8011 2000 1780 78

BIC: BOFSGB21002

Bank/Branch: Bank of Scotland, 20/22 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RN

Reference: please specify your Name & Surname + Declaration of Value

The full fee payable shall be credited, net of any service/commission/administration charges applied by the applicant’s bank. £2.00 shall be added to the fee payable to cover the charge applied by the Consulate’s bank for processing foreign bank transfers.

 

Free-of-charge service

The Declaration of Value is issued free of charge only if it is issued to continue the studies in Italy.

The service is free of charge for those who will attach proof of pre-enrolment, letter of acceptance or registration with the Italian University; for all foreign nationals, regardless of where they reside, and Italian nationals residing in Great Britain who can enclose proof of residence at the time of their request (for example AIRE registration, copy of their utility bills, council tax payment, bank statement).

For employment purposes, there is always a charge for this service, both for Italian and foreign nationals.

 

Certificate translation

The Qualifications Office does not require the translation neither of the certificate, nor of the attached documents, for the purpose of the Declaration of Value.

The Consulate does not offer a translation service. If required for any other purpose, the Consulate can certify only the translation of the certificate into Italian language, jointly with issuing the Declaration of Value. If required, in addition to the documents mentioned above, it is necessary to attach:

1) Application form (click HERE) duly filled and signed (handwritten signature).

2) Translation of the certificate into Italian language

3) payment of the relevant consular fee for translation into Italian (art. 72a TC) – check the latest consular fees HERE. A unique payment, including both consular fees, is recommended.

 

Return of documents

If the documents are to be returned to an address in the UK, the self-addressed pre-paid envelope to be included in the application will be used (see point 6 above)

If the documents are to be returned to an address outside the UK, an international tracked service or an international courier and are to be organised by the applicant. In this case, the Qualifications Office will contact the applicant with further instructions, when the Declaration of Value will be ready.

 

For any other information please send an email to the following email address: consolato.edimburgo@esteri.it


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