International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - Educational Credential Assessment for Express Entry
Is it necessary to have the Educational Credential assessed for immigration purposes?
Shortly, yes. In order to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, the potential immigrant needs an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for education obtained outside of Canada.
The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta (AB) government service issuing certificates by comparing degrees from other countries to Canadian educational standards. This organization has been designated by the Canadian Government to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Express Entry. ECA Express Entry validity - 5 years.
An ECA cannot be issued if the credentials cannot be authenticated and/or are from an institution/program which is not recognized. If there are issues, IQAS officials will advise You.
The applicant bears responsibility for applying in a timely manner to meet the necessary deadlines.
Please note that there is no RUSH or EXPEDITED services for credential evaluation.
How does the IQAS process work?
The application can be submitted either online or by post. Once received IQAS will email and confirm the delivery. It does take several weeks for IQAS to confirm the delivery.
You will be asked to request your official transcripts from your school. Once received, IQAS will confirm it as well.
The actual processing will start after all the necessary documents, transcripts, and payment information is received. Processing time – 15 weeks.
Once the assessment is completed, the applicant is expected to receive an electronic copy of the assessment, and a hard copy by mail.
The applicant will need to submit the assessment to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada with the file number.
plan to immigrate to Canada
require an ECA for Canadian immigration purposes, and have a diploma or degree, or a technical diploma or degree from an institution outside of Canada
If you studied and obtained your degree, diploma, a certificate in Canada, you do not need to get an ECA for that specific credential.
An ECA issued by IQAS does not mean that the obtained credentials are automatically recognized for licensure in Canada.
It does not as well guarantee a job or successful immigration application.
What is the cost of ECA?
Application fee (regardless of the number of credentials): $200
How to apply for an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes?
How to apply for an IQAS ECA assessment for employment, education, or license?
to an address in Canada: $15
to an address outside of Canada: $75
Fees apply to each applicant. Spouses cannot submit their credentials under one application even if they reside in the same household.
Processing times might take longer if extensive research or verification is required.
Mail delivery time is not included in the processing time.
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How to proceed?
3 simple and easy steps:
1. Email us Your CV/Resume, 4-5 sentences about Yourself/Family Situation, If you or your spouse took IELTS – Test results, family in Canada (if any)
* If Business Immigration / Employee Relocation / Investments - Short description of the issue
2. We review your documents and appoint a consultant/lawyer to contact you with the brief assessment
3. You decide whether to proceed.
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