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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.
16th Oct '15 5:51:49 PM jormis29
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* In ''Tropico'', your loyal, boot-licking lackey Penultimo apparently got his degree at the University of Atlantis, an (obviously) fictional college (which may explain his 5 spelling errors...in ''[[EpicFail spelling his own name]]'').

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* In ''Tropico'', ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'', your loyal, boot-licking lackey Penultimo apparently got his degree at the University of Atlantis, an (obviously) fictional college (which may explain his 5 spelling errors...in ''[[EpicFail spelling his own name]]'').
16th Oct '15 4:10:05 PM WC-83
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* In ''VideoGame/Tropico'', your loyal, boot-licking lackey Penultimo apparently got his degree at the University of Atlantis, an (obviously) fictional college (which may explain his 5 spelling errors...in ''[[EpicFail spelling his own name]]'').

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* In ''VideoGame/Tropico'', ''Tropico'', your loyal, boot-licking lackey Penultimo apparently got his degree at the University of Atlantis, an (obviously) fictional college (which may explain his 5 spelling errors...in ''[[EpicFail spelling his own name]]'').
16th Oct '15 4:09:07 PM WC-83
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* In ''VideoGame/Tropico'', your loyal, boot-licking lackey Penultimo apparently got his degree at the University of Atlantis, an (obviously) fictional college (which may explain his 5 spelling errors...in ''[[EpicFail spelling his own name]]'').
29th Aug '15 5:56:02 AM RogherNahasa
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** Also, Russian literature tends to be useless when the only people who appreciate it are under a government that wants you dead (his father was a counter-revolutionary).
26th Aug '15 10:29:13 AM Willbyr
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* In the epilogue of MahouSenseiNegima Yue runs into this problem as [[SpaceElevator ISSDA]] didn't accept her degree and career history from MagicWorld.

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* In the epilogue of MahouSenseiNegima ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Yue runs into this problem as [[SpaceElevator ISSDA]] didn't accept her degree and career history from MagicWorld.
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