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Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review)

The Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review) is a visa screening service for applicants who need the Health Care Worker Certificate, for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) clearance for immigration and employment as a licensed physical therapist (PT) in the U.S.

This service is the only visa screening service FCCPT currently offers. The Type II Certificate was discontinued in 2009. Learn more about visas by visiting the USCIS website.

What does the Type 1 Review include?

  • Educational Credentials Review: FCCPT determines whether your education is substantially equivalent to the first professional degree in physical therapy in the U.S.   
  • License Verification: FCCPT verifies the eligibility to practice physical therapy in your country of education and elsewhere if you currently hold or have held other licenses in other countries.

    Important: USCIS regulations require verification of eligibility to practice in the country where you earned your first professional degree in PT. FCCPT will NOT be able to issue a Type 1 Certificate unless FCCPT receives verification of past or present registration or licensure in your country of education. If the country where you earned your first professional degree does not require licensure or registration, please notify FCCPT upon submission of your application for your Type 1 Review.

  • Verification of English Proficiency: FCCPT verifies whether you have passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. Learn more about TOEFL Requirements.

    Important: The following jurisdictions require the Type 1 Review for licensure:

    • California
    • Louisiana
    • Massachusetts
    • Minnesota
    • Nebraska
    • New Mexico
    • North Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Utah
    • Washington, D.C.

Note: Jurisdiction requirements may change, therefore you should verify jurisdiction requirements at the time of application.

Important: If you require the Type 1 Review for the purpose of licensure only (not for immigration purposes), you will need to submit a Type 1 For Licensure Only form to FCCPT.

USCIS Requirements for Issuing a Healthcare Worker Certificate

Effective January 1, 2017, in order to be issued a Health Care Worker Certificate (Type 1 Certificate), USCIS regulations will require the following:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree
  • A minimum of 234 total semester credits (general + professional education)
  • Equivalency on CWT6

Who should apply for the Type 1 Review?

  • If you are a qualified foreign-born physical therapy professional seeking to immigrate to the U.S. and obtain licensure to practice as a PT in the U.S.; or
  • If you need the Health Care Worker Certificate for immigration; or
  • If the U.S. jurisdiction in which you would like to practice requires the Type 1 Review.

Important: You should not apply for the Type 1 Review if:

  • You do not need a Health Care Worker Certificate or visa, and
  • You are not applying to a jurisdiction that requires the Type 1 Review (above).

Before you apply - read the following important information

What you must do to apply:

  • Complete the online application and pay for the Type 1 Review.
    • Be sure to check with the jurisdiction(s) you want to apply for licensure in for any update in licensure requirements, prior to application.
  • Complete the applicant portion of the following academic and licensing request forms and send them to all appropriate institutions (U.S. and foreign).
    • Request for Academic Credentials Verification (page one to be filled out by applicant, page two to be completed by registrar or principal of academic institution)
    • Request for Verification of Physical Therapy License (page one to be filled out by applicant, page two to be completed by licensure/regulatory authority)
      • Important: USCIS Regulations require verification of eligibility to practice in the country where you earned your first professional degree in PT. FCCPT will not be able to issue a Type 1 Certificate unless we receive verification of past or present registration or licensure in your country of education.
  • Complete and submit a signed and notarized Type 1 Attestation form with one (1) recent passport-size photo (2 x 2” or 51 x 51 mm).
  • Submit a copy of your physical therapy education diploma(s), degree(s), or certificate(s) to FCCPT, which have been notarized as a true copy of the original.
    • Note: FCCPT will accept notarized copies of diplomas, degrees, and/or certificates from the issuing institution, if received with the Academic Credentials Verification form.
  • Contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request to have your TOEFL scores sent to FCCPT. Contact the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and request transfer of your National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) score to FCCPT. This is only required if you have taken and passed the NPTE.
    • Review Submitting Documents for instructions on on requesting an TOEFL and NPTE score transfer to FCCPT.

Additional steps you may need to complete:

  • If you want a third party (an authorized representative) to contact FCCPT on your behalf, you must submit a notarized Release of Information form.
  • If FCCPT sends you a request for translation, you must arrange for translation of the original language documents. See Foreign Language Documents for more information.

What you should not do:

  • Do not send original diplomas or certificates. All documents sent to FCCPT become the property of FCCPT and will not be returned.
  • Do not send any copies of transcripts, mark sheets, syllabi, or license verifications to FCCPT. These documents must come directly from the issuing institutions.
  • Do not collect transcripts or verifications in sealed envelopes and forward them to FCCPT. These documents must come directly from the issuing institutions.
  • Do not send the Attestation forms and copies of diplomas to your schools and request the school send them with your academic documents. This will delay your process significantly. The Attestation form and your notarized copy of your PT diploma should be mailed directly to FCCPT by you (the applicant).

Academic Institution Do's and Don'ts

What academic institutions do:

  • Academic institutions must fill out page 2 of the Request for Academic Credentials Verification form and mail it with the complete, final transcript and, if required, the official detailed course descriptions and/or syllabi to FCCPT.
    • We will accept electronic transcripts from some U.S. institutions. Please see Submitting Documents for a current list of U.S. institutions that we will accept electronic transcripts from.
    • Note: Institutions that issue Marksheets (Statement of Marks) instead of a full transcript must submit both Marksheets and Transcript of Hours to count as a full transcript.
  • Academic institutions should provide documents in English if available.
    • If translations are not available, the academic institution should provide original language documents to FCCPT. See Foreign Language Documents for details.

What academic institutions should not do:

  • Academic institutions should not send any documents to the applicant to forward to FCCPT.
  • Academic institutions should not forward documents to a translator to forward to FCCPT.
  • Academic institutions should not forward the applicant's notarized Attestation form to FCCPT.

FCCPT Do's and Don'ts

What FCCPT does:

  • FCCPT collects and verifies all documents upon receipt.
    • FCCPT may contact academic institutions and/or licensing/registration agencies if further verification of documents is needed.
    • If all documents are not received within twelve (12) months of the application date, FCCPT will close the service. Please see the Reactivation section of the website for more information.
  • FCCPT sends original language documents to you (the applicant) once the documents are verified, with instructions on how to arrange for translations.
  • FCCPT will begin the review when all documents listed on the checklist are received and verified.
    • If additional documents arrive after the review begins, you must send a signed fax requesting to restart the current review. The fax must be received by FCCPT prior to the completion of the review. If you do not send a fax requesting to restart the review, FCCPT will complete the review with the documents received on or before the review start date and you must apply for Re-evaluation to add the new information to your evaluation report.
  • FCCPT completes the review and will issue a report to you and your selected jurisdiction(s) and/or requested recipient.
  • FCCPT issues evaluation reports via e-mail. The final reports are secure .pdf documents that can only be accessed by the applicant, jurisdiction, or recipient to whom the e-mail was delivered.
  • FCCPT mails the original Health Care Worker Certificate (Type 1 Certificate) to you at the mailing address on file, if the Type 1 review is found equivalent.

What FCCPT does not do:

  • FCCPT does not request documents from the academic, licensing, or examining institutions on your behalf.
  • FCCPT does not issue a license.
    • The jurisdiction board is responsible for licensure.
  • FCCPT does not issue the visa.
    • USCIS is responsible for visas.
  • FCCPT does not issue the Health Care Worker Certificate (Type 1 Certificate) if the applicant does not meet all of the requirements.
  • FCCPT does not give out specific information to any third party without your notarized Release of Information.
  • FCCPT does not retain any documents received that are not required for your review.

Licensing Authorities Do's and Don'ts

What licensing authorities do:

  • Licensing authorities must fill out the license verification form and return it to FCCPT.

What licensing authorities should not do:

  • Licensing authorities should not send any documents to you, the applicant, to forward to FCCPT.

Examination Services Do's and Don'ts

What examination services do:

  • Educational Testing Services (ETS) forwards your TOEFL scores to FCCPT.
  • FSBPT transfers NPTE scores directly to FCCPT (This is only required if you have taken and passed the NPTE).
  • Refer to Submitting Documents for information on submitting exam scores to FCCPT.

What examination services should not do:

  • Examining services should not send documents to you, the applicant, to forward to FCCPT.

Have questions?

Go to Frequently Asked Questions.

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