Foundation for International Services (FIS): Pros and Cons

Foundation for International ServicesFoundation for International Services (FIS) has been a leading provider of international document services since 1978.

The company provides foreign credential evaluations and professional translations for both individuals and organizations.

FIS is a member of NACES.


  • Expensive – starting from $225 for one-month service
  • Online application tracking service not available

Submission Details

  • Original documents are preferred, but not required. FIS will accept clear, legible photocopies of educational documents, but reserves the right to request either original or certified copies.
  • For photocopies, there will be a disclaimer in the report stating that the documents we saw were not the original documents but that they were photocopies*
  • Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by English translations, preferably American Translators Association (ATA) certified translations.
  • Translation services may be obtained through the FIS Translation Department for an additional fee ($100 and up).

* Most state boards require original copies or at least a verification of certified photocopies by the evaluation agency. I recommend that you submit the original copy for the purpose of CPA exam application.

Turnaround Time

  • Does not specify, but if 1-month is considered a rush service, it will probably take longer than that.
  • Rush service available for 2-business day, 3-business day, 7-business day and 1-month service


  • Course-By-Course:
    • One-month: $225
    • 2-week: $275
    • 1-week: $350 (please check for availability)
  • Translation service: $100 and up
  • Please click here for the pricing schedule and step-by step application guide

Payment Method

  • Applications for individual evaluation must be prepaid by cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Personal checks will not be accepted for next business day service


Foundation for International Services
505 – 5th Avenue South, Suite 101
Edmonds, WA 98020

  • Phone: (425) 248-2255
  • Fax: (425) 248-2262
  • E-mail:

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I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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