I have a friend with an interesting dilemma. He is a graduate of a relatively large religious seminary in Ukraine. Religious degrees were not part of Ukrainian education system, although schools were "registered" (no clue what it meant). However, in 2015, new Education Law was passed, making seminaries eligible for accreditation. Now, as part of a new law, the state established a process for seminary graduates to get their degrees "approved" (get an additional paper saying their degree is equivalent to accredited one) if the degree was granted before the law came to effect. My friend's seminary got accredited in 2016. Problem is, he graduated in 2015 - right after the new law, but before accreditation! Graduates before him can apply for equivalency (and get it - it's a flagship school of a major Church); graduates after him have state-accredited degree. He has neither. Here's a $250,000 question: is there any way to use this degree in North America? Preferably Canada, where he wants to settle.