I DON'T HAVE ANY DOCUMENTS TO PROVE THAT I HAVE STUDIED OR THAT I HAVE WORK EXPERIENCE. WHAT CAN I DO?

There is a pilot project from the Council of Europe and the Greek Ministry of Education, which is called "European Qualification Passport for Refugees" (EQPR). If you don't have any documents to prove that you have studied, had vocational training, language skills, or work experience, you can apply for the EQPR. The document will be valid for 5 years and allows you to verify your qualification if, for example, you want to apply for a job or for educational programs. Unfortunately if you want to enroll at a Greek university, you will still need original documents to prove your qualification. So far the EQPR is not accepted as a substitute for this. Other universities of some other European countries however accept the EQPR for enrollment.
Not only people that already have an asylum status can apply, but also people that are still in the asylum procedure. To apply you need to send an email to the following email address: refugees.qualifications@coe.int. Ideally the email should be in English, but you can also write in your mother tongue. The email should contain your name, where you are from, an overview about your higher education and that you want to apply for the EQPR. You will receive a reply, asking you to fill in a detailed questionnaire. After you have filled and send the questionnaire back, you will have to wait for a little bit of time. The next round of interviews to assess if somebody will get a EQPR, will take place in October this year. You will get a notification, where and when your interview will take place. If you need assistance with writing the email or if you have questions about the EQPR, you can send us a message on Facebook.

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