"Without a piece of paper - you're a bug, and with a piece of paper - a man" - these words "Songs of a bureaucrat", written by the Soviet poet Vasily Ivanovich Lebedev-Kumach, are familiar to us from childhood. This rule applies particularly well when foreigners are employed in Cyprus. And if for the performance of some works the presence of a diploma is not at all necessary - they are therefore considered unqualified, then other specialists really have to go through all the circles of hell in order to get the right to work in Cyprus. The question of legalization of the diploma is especially acute for doctors, we will tell about this procedure on their example.
Russian medical education has been quoted for many years in Cyprus. The majority of Cypriot doctors were trained in the US, UK and other European universities, but in Cyprus many doctors who have completed and Russian universities. Also, it is no secret how many Russian-speaking people live here, so it would seem, Russian doctors have something to do on the island. And education is suitable, and customers will be exactly ... In fact, our doctors to get the specialty is not so easy.
First, it is necessary either to have a Cypriot passport or to be married to a Cypriot citizen. In other words, you have the right to work. Secondly, the presence of medical experience is important. Further, a translation into Greek and a notarization of all documents necessary for the recognition of professional activity are necessary, including: a diploma of higher education with attachments and inserts, certificates and certificates of completion of internship / residency, a work book. It is possible to confirm the authenticity of the certificate of graduation (it can be requested from the Consulate of the Russian Federation).
So, the documents are collected. Now you can go to the Ministry of Health, where at the meeting of the commission all papers will be examined. With a positive response from the officials, the future Cypriot doctor can proceed to the next stage: a visit to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Special Commission of the Ministry of Education (ΚΥ.Σ.Α.Τ.Σ.) will consider the issue of the completed higher education institution's compliance with European higher education standards. The commission will prepare a request to the Russian Center for Science and Culture with a request to confirm that this institution is really accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The procedure for recognizing the equivalence of a foreign diploma (its confirmation) is also handled by a commission. And do not forget that sometimes meetings of commissions need to wait for several months.
Now there are only two ways: either the document of higher education equivalent to European standards, or, accordingly, no. Recognized diploma allows to obtain a certificate for the right to work as a general practitioner and licensed to work on the existing expertise. That sounds just fine ... And if not, the items and the number of hours in the certificate does not correspond to European standards, you will have to take the specialized exams.
If your university or academy is not listed Russian medical universities, which are well known in Cyprus and could not pass the verification process, you will need to hand over five to eight exams (in surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, etc.). And to do this will have in Greece, in Athens, for the University of Cyprus there are no experts in the field of medicine that can take these exams. An additional difficulty lies in the fact that testing is carried out only in Greek.
As you know, our domestic European physicians to become a doctor is not so simple. It was not easy, and five years ago, and ten. And now, in general, nothing has changed. This whole process even without retake exams may take a year. And with exams ... Since it is unlikely that a Russian doctor teaches in his native University, along with Latin Greek.
On the official website of the Council, you can check whether your institution is on the list of those with whom Cypriot officials have already had to deal, and then you would not have to take exams. However, as the organization says, the list is only informative and does not replace the very procedure of recognition (matching). In other words, the presence of the name list of native alma mater, gives no automatic guarantee that your diploma recognized.
Schools are divided by country and in alphabetical order. Total commission recognizes more and more Ukrainian 15 80 Russian universities.
However, not all are ready to dedicate a few months of life to collecting, translating documents, communicating with the commission and expectations. In Cyprus there are many companies that can simplify this process. For a fee (on average from 1000 euros), they are ready not only to take on all the procedures, but also promise to shorten the waiting time to just two to three months. Some offices do not hesitate to sound shorter terms - no more than two weeks. If the commission decides that some exams must be submitted because of a non-compliance with the European regulations, the amount of payment for the intermediary company's services will increase and may range from 1600 to 4500 euro. The package of services adds textbooks, consultations, writing for courses, visa processing for Greece and so on. Such firms operate on the basis of a power of attorney. And this is the second possible option to confirm the diploma. You can not solve this issue by mail.
The fact that such a situation for doctors and other professionals should be changed, no doubt. Given the long-term good-neighborly relations between Russia and Cyprus, and the number of compatriots living on the island. Discussions on the mutual recognition of diplomas between the two friendly countries have been going on for many years. Sergei Lavrov's recent visit to Cyprus was promising. As we already reported, the talks to mark the 55-anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, held in December 1 2-2015 years.
During the meeting they discussed the reunification of the island, the international situation, moreover, was signed by a number of strategic documents on cooperation. However, in one of the most important documents - the "Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on mutual recognition of diplomas of higher education" - the signature has not been delivered.
As it turned out, the parties could not agree on some aspects of the Agreement (about which - it is not said). As a result, 4 December 2015 issued an Order N 2486-r "On the signing of an agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on the mutual recognition of education, qualifications and academic degrees." The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, DA Medvedev, ordered "to instruct the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia to sign the said Agreement on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, allowing to introduce changes to the attached draft that are not of a fundamental nature". Let's find out whether the signing of this document will facilitate the work in Cyprus for Russians.
The document says that the mutual recognition of diplomas, degrees, etc. It should take place taking into account the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European region, signed in Lisbon in April 11 1997, the Lisbon Convention - a fundamental document in the field of international recognition of education certificates. The convention is a clear glossary defines the principles of the recognition procedure. Find it on the internet in Russian is easy.
The Lisbon Convention is the result of work of two international organizations: the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Development of the document by such authoritative organizations will take them into account a normative experience and avoid duplication of efforts in the field of recognition in the future.
The agreement is intended to facilitate the recognition of educational qualifications and degrees obtained in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus. Since the signing of it will apply to all diplomas, regardless of the year of receipt or training program type (specialty or bachelor).
Article 2 this Agreement recognizes the comparable general secondary education and secondary vocational education of our country. Article 3 dedicated to higher education, supported by a bachelor's degree, the article 4 - education diploma confirming the specialist or master. The agreement not only gives the right to Cypriots and Russians freely continue their education in a particular country, but also to work.
In a separate article 5 considered the question comparing the degree: "PhD degree, provided the state of scientific appraisal system, resulting in the Russian Federation, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), obtained in the Republic of Cyprus, recognized as comparable and give their owners the right to exercise professional activities in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Cyprus in accordance with the laws of each of the States Parties. "
The text of the Agreement states that countries should not only describe all levels of education, but also draw up an impressive and detailed list of professions, specialties and training areas, indicating qualifications for each item. Also, Cyprus and Russia should prepare a list and samples of documents on education and qualifications, as well as forms of diplomas on academic degrees. Plus - to give information about educational and scientific organizations that implement educational programs that have state accreditation in the Russian Federation, and officially recognized educational organizations of the Republic of Cyprus.
In other words, if before a doctor, teacher or other professional should own puzzled questions describing their profession and qualification, recognition of their diploma or academic degree, after the signing of the Agreement it will happen at the state level, and it will not take anything from a particular specialist, except directly diploma and possibly its certified translation into Greek or English.
However, when it will happen - it is unknown. We sincerely hope to sign the document in December last year. Well, that may, 2016 bring us good news in the field of education?