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3rd Feb '17 2:45:25 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''What Does the K Stand For?'', Stephen K. Amos describes how his parents were a nurse and an engineer in Nigeria, but a domestic and a bus driver in London.
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12th Jan '17 8:07:57 PM NinjaLore
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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so.

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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome And then she's never heard from again.]]
3rd Dec '16 4:08:40 PM lucy24
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* In the ''Literature/WomanWarrior'' (a memoir), MaxineHongKiston's mother was a damn good doctor in China; when she moved to the US, she opened up a laundromat with her husband.

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* In the ''Literature/WomanWarrior'' (a memoir), MaxineHongKiston's the memoir ''Woman Warrior'', Maxine Hong Kingston's mother was a damn good doctor in China; when she moved to the US, she opened up a laundromat with her husband.
30th Nov '16 2:42:11 PM Kombucha
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It's not a constant occurrence, but it's been seen on a few occasions (mainly in {{Sitcom}}s): Whenever there's a foreigner who's a janitor/other mediocre job, they occasionally mention that "In [[TheOldCountry old country]], I was neurogeneticist/aeronautical engineer/other fancy job."

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It's not a constant occurrence, but it's been seen on a few occasions Sometimes (mainly in {{Sitcom}}s): Whenever there's {{Sitcom}}s) a foreigner who's with a janitor/other mediocre job, they occasionally mention job such as janitor mentions that "In [[TheOldCountry old country]], I was neurogeneticist/aeronautical engineer/other fancy job."
30th Nov '16 2:36:34 PM Kombucha
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In RealLife, professional bodies generally treat overseas qualified professionals according to their experience. Someone just a few years out of medical school may find this trope playing straight. An person with years of practice in his field may avert this trope.

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In RealLife, professional bodies generally treat overseas qualified professionals according to their experience. Someone just a few years out of medical school may find this trope playing straight. An A person with years of practice in his field may avert this trope.
22nd Aug '16 1:47:35 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'': Christmas Eve occasionally complains about holding two Master's Degrees from a Japanese university but being unable to get anything other than minimum-wage jobs in America.
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12th Jul '16 10:49:10 AM DaibhidC
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** Parodied in "Super Franchise Me". When Homer starts working in Marge's sandwich franchise because she can't keep staff, Lisa comments "This is so sad. In his homeland, Dad was a nuclear engineer!"
10th May '16 1:09:38 PM Katsuhagi
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* This is one of the blows to Asuka's self esteem that she receives once she moves to Japan in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', since in her native Germany she was already a college graduate at [[TeenGenius the age of 14]] but finds herself put back in high school and struggling with the material due to having trouble reading Kanji.
24th Apr '16 3:30:27 PM KJMackley
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It's often believed, especially by Americans who have never been outside their country, that professionals in poorer countries immigrate to the West because they live in abject squalor in their home countries. The reason for this "interesting" belief is that a professional in a poor country may earn less than a cab driver in the United States. However, this fails to take into consideration that the cost of living is massively higher in the United States. In many poor areas it's possible for a large family to live in comfort, even luxury, on a monthly salary that's less than the average ''daily'' salary in New York. (Some capital cities in poorer countries are very expensive for expatriates, but expats have specific needs that locals rarely have - security above all.) Most professional immigrants either have a Western education and are able to enter the job force, are unaware that their credentials aren't transferable, have been sold a story by an "immigration consultant", or are escaping something other than poverty such as discrimination, political oppression, political instability, rampant crime, or war, or are seeking something other than employment (e.g. better education for their children).

Often overlaps with research failure, especially when universities from Eastern and Central Europe (and to a lesser extent the South Asian subcontinent) are mentioned. Most graduates from such countries have little trouble nostrificating their diplomas, especially if they come from renowned universities and their profession is in high demand (such as Doctors). If anything, this trope is the result of [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucracy]] or a case described below.
7th Apr '16 6:12:59 PM MBI
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* Series/ThirtyRock's Dr. Spaceman got his degree from the Ho Chi Minh School of Medicine. Legally, he has to put quotes around the word "Doctor."
* Shyster lawyer Saul Goodman from ''Series/BreakingBad'' and ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' got his law degree from the University of American Samoa. It's valid, but befitting a low-rent sleazeball like Saul.
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