Applying for the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

Applying for the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR)

Last update1 déc. 2022

What is it?

The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) is an official document that proves your highest level of education and professional skills acquired before your arrival in France.

It is only available to beneficiaries of international protection (refugees, subsidiary protected persons, stateless persons), asylum seekers and temporary protected persons who do not have documentary evidence.

Even if you do not have your diplomas or professional certificates with you, because you could not take them before leaving your country or because they were lost during the journey, the EQPR gives you the possibility of resuming your studies or finding work in France, without having to retake all your diplomas.

The EQPR application is made in 2 steps

- an application on the internet

- an oral interview.

Good to know:

The EQPR is free and can be used in other European countries.

A document presenting the EQPR is available in several languages: Arabic, English, Dari, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Ukrainian.

Who is it for?

Age required
More than 16 years

France entière

Age required
More than 16 years

France entière

What to do?


Prepare the documents to apply

The first thing to do is to prepare and scan:

  • your identity documents

- Certificate of asylum seeker or official letter from OFPRA granting refugee status

- Residence permit or Receipt or Certificate of application for residence permit

- Photo in passport format

> To read: the sheet " Making and using an e-photo "

  • all the documents that you managed to bring about your school, university and professional life in your country before arriving in France

- Certificates (studies, professionals, language, etc.)

- School reports

- Diplomas

- Student card

- Thesis / research work

- CV…

> To read: the sheet " Scanning a document ".


Create an EQPR account

  • Go to the Council of Europe website:
  • Click on "Create a new account"
  • Write your first name, your last name and your email, and click on "Register"

You will receive an email with an activation link and a password (in the inbox or sometimes in spam).

In this email, click on "Activate Account" to arrive on the login page. Your email address is your username and your password is in the email received.

  • Click "Enter" to log in to your EQPR account.

Complete your EQPR profile

  • In the "Profile – Account" section, complete the requested information.
  • Complete the questionnaire directly or download it to complete it on paper and then scan it.

Good to know: This questionnaire is the main document of your file, you must clearly explain your situation.


Complete the application file and send the request

  • Click on "My application – EQPR"
  • You must first upload the questionnaire you have completed (step 3).
  • Then upload your identity documents (first part of step 1)
  • Upload the documents on your school, university and professional life in the "Optional documents" section (second part of step 1)
  • Last step: upload a completed and signed copy of the consent form. You can find a model in the "Info – Consent form" section.
  • Then click on "Confirm".
  • Finally, when all the documents are uploaded, click on "Send request".

Your request is sent.


Take an interview with assessors

If your file is accepted, you will participate in an interview with a team of evaluators .

These evaluators are qualifications specialists (school skills, professional know-how). They have a great knowledge of foreign diplomas, school systems and professional sectors of the countries of origin.

Good to know: The interview lasts approximately 45 minutes and takes place face to face or by videoconference in your mother tongue or in a foreign language that you speak.

And after?

Track demand

You can follow the progress of your request in the "My procedure" section of the home page.

Good to know: For more information or if you have any questions, you can contact the Council of Europe:
- by email
- by phone 03 88 41 20 00
- by contact form, at the bottom of the page on the site

Your European qualifications passport is accepted

If the decision is positive, you will receive the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees.

Good to know: It is valid for 5 years from the date of acceptance.

Your European qualifications passport is refused

If the decision is negative, you will receive an email with the explanations of the refusal.

Good to know: There is no appeal: that means you cannot contest the decision, but the percentage of acceptance is generally very high.

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