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:
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- 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).