FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Yes. They are 100% legally accredited.
Yes we are.
We have been running this confidential service since 2001.
We are proud to have been reliably shipping high quality, 100% legal and verifiable degrees and transcripts to satisfied clients for over 11 years now.
We have been a valued and
trusted client of CCNOW, an FBI audited and Hackersafe Certified service who
have been the authorized retailer of InstantDegrees.com since 2001. CCNow.com
The Hague Convention Apostille is a form of Government issued ‘legalization’ that is guaranteed to be accepted as legal in any participating country. It is a VERY powerful legal tool.
The Graduation Package comes with a detailed explanation of the Apostille, the advantages of supporting your degree with one and instructions on how to apply for one under privileged and discounted terms and conditions.
The fees quoted are ONE TIME fees. You will only be asked for a further fee if you make a further order.
This can vary greatly depending on what kind of Credit or Debit Card you use, your location and the location of the institution.
Credit or Debit Card clearance is not done by us, it is done by CCNOW (a trusted authorized retailer). This can take anything between minutes and a few working days to process. We can only begin your application when we are informed by CCNOW that your Credit or Debit Card transaction has been approved.
Because of the effect of different time-zones, your application may be approved the same day or the next working day. For the same reason, we may receive your Graduation package for forwarding the next working day or the day after. To take account of these variations, we like to allow 5 working days from the time you make your purchase online to us receiving your Graduation package for forwarding.
NO OTHER provider, no matter what they promise, ships orders as fast as we do.
We are required by our contracts to ship orders by Registered Mail, which gives legal proof of shipping and delivery. It is important that you understand that once the Graduation Package has been entrusted to the care of Registered Mail, we have no direct control over it. We pay for every Graduation Package to be shipped by Global Priority Airmail. The envelopes are actually printed stating that delivery should take place worldwide in “up to 5 working days” and over 90% of our packages are delivered within that timeframe.
However, since 9/11 we have been advising that customers should allow 10 working days for delivery before opening an inquiry to allow for delays that can be caused by extra postal security put in place since then. This is a reality that we have to live with.
Regardless of where you live, delivery will always be made by the National Postal Service that serves your country. It is your responsibility to ensure that your address is complete and valid for the delivery of Registered Mail by your county’s national Postal Service. If you have any doubts about what we mean by that, then you can refer to this list of national Postal Services at the website of the Universal Postal Union.
Simply look up your country in ‘Postal Administrations’ listed in the ‘Contacts and Links’ to see the entity responsible for delivery of your Graduation Package. This is the most up to date list we can get and it shows websites where available.
Registered Mail is a very secure form of mail that encounters few problems and which must be signed for. If you are not physically present when delivery is attempted, then the Postal Service will leave an ‘attempted delivery’ card and your package will be held at your local Post Office for collection. It is your responsibility to check your mailbox for this card. 10 working days is important because this is the period in which the Registered Mail ticket is ‘live’ and delivery is still actively being attempted but it is before an item would be returned to sender as undelivered or unclaimed.
Only payments via Credit or Debit Card are accepted.
It is fundamental to our Security Guarantee that we ONLY accept payments thru Credit or Debit Card processed thru a THIRD PARTY PROCESSOR and we ONLY ship to the billing address of the Credit or Debit Card’ by Priority Registered Mail which must be signed for. This way, all parties are protected.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT BY ANY OTHER MEANS. This protects you as much as it does us.
Orders specifying a delivery address other than the billing address of the Credit or Debit Card are automatically declined by the processor. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of how an authorized retailer works, we suggest you educate yourself prior to ordering by contacting CCNOW.com or any other reputable company offering such services. We have been a client of CCNOW for well over 10 years now.
Bottom line: If we do not deliver, we do not get paid.
No. Only RETURNING CLIENTS who have already obtained an instant degree from us in their OWN NAME and received it thru Priority Registered Mail (which must be signed for) can order for a third-party, i.e. close friends, family etc. Instructions of how to order are contained in the Graduation Package.
The degree can only be shipped to the billing address of the Credit or Debit Card, in this circumstance, the Cardholder and the person named on the degree are each equally bound by the Confidentiality Contract (see http://www.instantdegreescom/tos.html. for further details) The person named on the Credit or Debit Card automatically declares that the person named on the degree has given their permission for the degree to be obtained in their name.
How secure is my payment by Credit Card or Debit Card?
100% secure. We use nothing less than the very highest security that exists online!
Since we ONLY accept payments thru Credit Cards processed thru an authorized retailer and we ONLY ship to the billing address of the Credit Card by Priority Registered Mail which must be signed for. All parties are protected.
We never see your Credit card details, these are known only to CCNOW thru their highest security payment gateway.
No! (see below)
As we explain clearly on the site, our service ensures that the confidentiality of the Institutions and the security of YOU the client and your Credit/Debit Card payment. Only those who graduate should learn the name of the Institution they graduate from, this is to reduce the likelyhood negative publicity being directed towards the Institution or the graduates. Instantdegrees.com offers further security to the you by not releasing your payment to the Institution UNTIL they have sent to us your qualifications. We then forward them on to you.
Yes! You can click to see an example of a typical Graduation Package below.
Professionally printed, embossed titles, elaborate embossed Gold Foil and Holographic Seals. NOT cheap "stick on" seals like our competitors.
We have strict guidelines on Degree certificate quality and we only deal with Institutions that conform to common design standards. A general guideline to the type of degree certificate that conforms to academic norms and common standards is usually:
No! The choice of Institution is made by our experts, based on your choice of DEGREE and SUBJECT.
No! Many loophole institutions operate legally by the clever use of jurisdictions (this is done for your benefit). We offer our services to an international client base without preference to any particular country. We guarantee that all the institutions we represent are legally formed and operating tertiary level institutions in ENGLISH SPEAKING (first world/developed) jurisdictions that have English as the institutional language of operation.
It is probable (although not guaranteed) that your degree will come from a country other than the country of your residence. If you feel that the degree you seek must come from a location near you or that you cannot explain your degree thru distance programs (which by definition mean that physical attendance at the institution is not required) then you should not apply.
Yes! The act of making payment is a declaration that you have read and agree to be bound by the Terms of Service and that that the person named on the diploma has sufficient Life/Work Experience or Prior Study to justify the award. We then make an application to the College or University on your behalf in a way we know will be accepted.
We do not require a CV or any documentary evidence to back up your declaration. You also agree to the legally binding Confidentiality Contract which prevents your or anybody else from directly or indirectly disclosing the link between the awarding institution and instantdegrees.com This is designed to protect the interests of both our clients and the institutions we represent. (see http://www.instantdegreescom/tos.html. for further details)
Not necessarily. All of the institutions we represent are legally formed and operating private academic, rather than mainstream public, institutions. They provide non-traditional, distance programs and correspondence degree courses, using outsourced campus facilities when required, for instance, Summer Schools and Short Residential Courses. Distance Programs by definition mean that physical attendance at the institution is not required. However, all the institutions we represent have their own Administration Centers for administering the degree courses and post graduate services such as the FREE Verification Service. None of the institutions we represent advertise directly to the public nor is their association with instantdegrees.com.
Yes! Providing you are over the age of 21, you can use this LEGAL loophole to get an Instant Degree.
We recommend the following:
At at 21 years old, you should only consider an Associate or Bachelor Degree.
A Master's Degree at 23 years old or more.
Doctorates Professorships and Fellowships should only be considered at 25 years old or more.
Yes! Transcripts (also known as Student Records, Record Cards, Grade Cards, Mark Cards, Marks, Cards etc.) are available to purchase in the Returning Clients Section.
Each degree level has its own stand alone Transcript scaled as follows:
Associate 60+ Credits. Bachelor 120+ Credits. Master 30+ Credits.
Doctorate, Professorship and Fellowship 30+ Credits.
Each level assumes the prior completion of lower levels. e.g. Graduation at Doctorate level is 180 Credits which would be made up of a Bachelor of 120 Credits, a Master of 30 Credits and a Doctorate of 30 Credits = 180 Total. The Doctorate Transcript would only show 30 Doctoral Credits.
This is all calculated
automatically when you order.
You must not forget that your degree is obtained by exploiting legal loopholes.
We are often asked what this means and the best definition, that neatly encapsulates the concept, is that an institution is legally formed and operating in such a way that it makes the granting of a degree legal, whereas this would otherwise be illegal.
In about 97% of degree usage scenarios, there are NO limitations.
The only real limitation is the exact same limitation that can affect ANY degree no matter where it is granted or how it is earned; accreditation. Accreditation is not legally required and is often poorly understood. This limitation affects conventional, traditional degrees as well.
There is no such thing as universal, global, guaranteed, recognition or accreditation and any supplier that tells you there is simply lying. Here are some examples:
Try using a nationally accredited Israeli degree in an Arab country.
Try using a nationally accredited Cuban degree in the United States.
Try using a nationally accredited North Korean degree in South Korea, or vice-versa.
Try using a nationally accredited degree from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Greece.
Try using a nationally accredited degree from Northern Cyprus in Greece.
Try using a nationally accredited degree from Southern Cyprus in Turkey.
Try using a nationally accredited degree from Taiwan in China.
The closest thing to global recognition is supporting the degree with a Hague Convention Apostille. The legality of the Apostille legalization MUST be recognized in any country that adheres to the Apostille Convention. The Apostille is dealt with in a separate FAQ.
For Credit transfer purposes, Institutions will normally only recognize degrees from other institutions registered with the same accreditation agency. As there are literally thousands of accreditation agencies it would be impossible to join them all. Therefore you must assume that your Instant Degree, although legal, registered and verifiable will not be useful for Credit transfer purposes, this includes using the degree as a "stepping stone" to a higher degree or other post graduate programs. It is often misunderstood that this is a problem often encountered by holders of conventional degree holders as well.
In about 97% of cases accreditation is NOT and issue but in 100% of cases LEGALITY IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE and the degrees available thru us are 100% LEGAL.
All degrees available thru us are fully accredited with legal, private, non-national accreditation and fulfill the legal definition of an accredited degree. However, if you feel that you require a degree with specific accreditation, then you should NOT apply.
Accreditation is voluntary but there will always be those whose understandings of the law are imperfect and will see a lack of a certain kind of accreditation as grounds to opine negatively about an institution or degree, no matter how legal the degree or its accreditation is. Neither we nor the institutions can prevent this kind of ill informed prejudice. However, the law is on the side of the legally granted degree, regardless of its accreditation.
Although the Institutions themselves operate completely legally, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the possession and use of a non-nationally accredited degree is commensurate with local legislation before ordering.
We are the ONLY supplier who explains this HONESTLY to their customers UP FRONT!
You must not forget that your degree is obtained by exploiting legal loopholes.
Critics have NO LEGAL
Our security protocols reduce the probability and impact of negative publicity,
but we cannot remove the threat altogether. In the event that the institution
you have graduated from is the target of such comments you should frankly,
ignore it. Opinions of this nature (usually made anonymously or by people with
very questionable histories involved in non-traditional degree granting
institutions) carry NO legal
These are people who have frittered away years in classrooms absorbing blindly and thoughtlessly second hand information in a theoretical environment completely removed from real life, and for what? In order to acquire the right to use the same Title or post-nominal letters that you can legally acquire in a matter of days for the price a meal in a decent restaurant.
Who is really smarter?
An Instant Degree allows the holder the legal use of Titles (such as Dr or Professor) or post nominal letters (such as MBA or Ph.D) An example of this includes putting a Title on your passport, driving license, letterheads and Credit or Debit Cards, Business Cards etc.
The immediate advantage to the holder is the natural tendency in society to defer to people with degrees of this nature. This is particularly true in older countries such as those in Europe. The deference shown to holders of Doctoral Titles in Germanic and Latin Countries is legendary. Fully booked restaurants suddenly find vacancies, hotels miraculously discover the availability of "more pleasant" rooms, airport checking counters open inexplicably to offer special service while others wait in line and holders have found themselves being upgraded to First Class tickets at no extra cost.
Absolutely! We only deal with legally operating Colleges and Universities that provide a FREE Verification Service for all awards that meets the general verification and data protection guidelines. This means that a THIRD PARTY i.e. another person or organization (graduates cannot self-verify – this is a violation of the TOS) can verify your degree if required by contacting the institution directly by mail. Please note that Colleges and Universities do not verify awards over the phone or by FAX. For legal reasons, verification requests must be submitted by mail, in writing and accompanied by the graduate's written, signed letter of consent. Unless a verification request is submitted by mail, in writing and accompanied by the graduate's written, signed letter of consent, it is not considered legally valid and will not be responded to or acknowledged. The institutions are required by contract to respond to a valid verification request within 21 days of receipt.
The fact that you have acquired your degree via InstantDegrees.com is NEVER mentioned.
Up until October 28 2002 all institutions represented by us operated an email contact for Graduate Affairs. Despite having their administration directed entirely off-line, they did so at OUR insistence as we believed that this would be convenient for our clients who come exclusively thru the Internet.
We provided clear explanations that for legal reasons email verification was not possible and that verification had to be presented by mail, in writing and accompanied by the written, signed consent of the graduate. Despite this, large numbers of our clients nevertheless attempted illegal verification requests, along with directing miscellaneous questions about InstantDegrees.com and posing questions answered either in our FAQ or in the Graduation Package. The volume of these emails rendered the email contacts almost useless for genuine Graduate Affairs questions.
Effective October 28 2002, no new institution represented by us will operate an email contact and those existing institutions that have operated email contacts at our insistence will no longer be required to do so. Most have indicated that they will decommission their email contacts immediately.
This in NO WAY diminishes the commitment of the institutions to providing timely responses to valid verification requests, which will continue uninterrupted.
The Customer Service policy of InstantDegrees.com continues to be one that strives towards excellence and we will of course answer any questions directed towards us, as we have always done.
Yes of course. All the schools we represent have an online presence which can range from a simple Alumni Association website to an Online Study Portal, depending on the degree of importance the individual institution places upon a web presence to deliver its Distance Program content.
Distance Programs are not restricted to a web presence as a delivery means and utilize a range of media which includes correspondence by regular mail, email, text, phone, FAX, DVD, video conferencing and Portfolio Assessment.
In general the institutions
have low internet profiles and their web presences are commensurate with the
principle that they do not offer their programs direct to the public.
Confidentiality is re-enforced in three ways:
1. The Institutions are contractually bound not to advertise these "quick degree programs" anywhere in anyway, this includes, Printed Media, Radio, Television and Internet. The contract clearly stipulates that they must never reveal their association with Instantdegrees.com or subsidiary services.
2. Instantdegrees.com and its subsidiaries are contractually bound never to reveal the identity of any Institution it represents.
3. On making your purchase you, the graduate, agree to the undertaking that you will never reveal the link between Instantdegrees.com and the name of the Institution from which you graduate. This is a binding legal contract on your part and on any third parties responsible for the dissemination of this information contrary to the terms of the Confidentiality Contract.
Don't worry, no matter what Discipline you choose, we will always ensure that your degree Subject is processed in a correct Discipline. We reserve the right to amend applications for this purpose. You will always receive the Level and Subject that you request in the Order Form. For Instance, if you applied for a Bachelor of Science in History , this would be amended to the correct form, which is: Bachelor of ARTS in History.
The level and discipline determine the post-nominal form of the degree:
Associate (level) of Commerce (discipline) = John Doe A.Com.
Bachelor (level) of Arts (discipline) = John Doe B.A.
Bachelor (level) of Science (discipline) = John Doe B.Sc.
Master (level) of Business Administration (discipline) = John Doe M.B.A.
Doctor (level) of Science (discipline) = John Doe D.Sc.
Doctor (level) of Philosophy (discipline) = John Doe Ph.D.
Any Doctorate can be referred to either by the pre-nominal form or the post-nominal form, but never the 2 forms together:
Dr. John Doe
John Doe Ph.D.
Dr. John Doe Ph.D.
Professorships and Fellowships are not degrees but Appointments to Faculty that carry great prestige.
Professorships are ALWAYS indicated in the pre-nominal form.
Professor John Doe
Prof. John Doe
Fellowships are ALWAYS referred to in the unabbreviated post-nominal form and indicating the Type and Discipline of the Fellowship.
John Doe, Fellow of Arts
John Doe, Research Fellow of Sciences
John Doe, Postgraduate Fellow of Business Administration
John Doe, Postdoctoral Fellow of Philosophy
Yes! However, there are certain limitations. This process is called "Retro-Active Graduation", this form of back-dating is difficult to arrange, but not impossible. It is perfectly legal providing the person named on the degree was aged 18 or more on the date requested. Under Retro-Active Graduation a degree can be dated any month between August of 1994 and the present day. This limit is because of the implementation date of standard guidelines that we insist all the institutions that we represent abide by.
If you require Retro-Active Graduation you simply select the month and year required from the drop down menus when you order.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can a degree diploma be dated in the future. This is illegal.