ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for Canada Immigration.
ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for Canada Immigration.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

When one actually starts planning to relocate from one country to another, they have to figure out many aspects without which they cannot immigrate. Passport and Visa come first to mind, but you also know that this is not enough. Applicants willing to immigrate have to gather several other documents, Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) being one of the most essential documents that fulfill the need to verify educational credentials.

What is an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Canada?

The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is a report designed to verify the Canadian equivalency of foreign degrees, certificates, diplomas, or other academic credentials. An ECA document is used by overseas immigrants to prove that their foreign degrees, certificates, or diplomas are equivalent to the Canadian education standards and that they are eligible to immigrate to Canada. An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Canada is required in the majority of “Federal Economic Immigration Streams”, including Express Entry.

What are the Credentials that need to be assessed?

Every level of education is not required to be assessed under this method. Applicants only need to get their higher levels of education assessed. If applicants have a Master’s Degree they only need to assess for that degree, they do not require one for their graduation or Bachelor’s degree. 

Applicants who have done multiple credentials will require to assess each one of the credentials separately. For Example, if an applicant has a degree in marketing and a degree in psychology, he/she needs to get both his/her degree evaluated individually. You should know that for 10th and 12th-grade certificates, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is not required.

What are the organizations through which I can get my ECA report?

No matter which program a candidate uses to apply for immigration, he or she must apply for an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Canada in India. An applicant should get his/her assessment from an ECA organization or a professional body designated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  

Here are some of the top designated ECA organizations from where you can get your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Canada done. 

  1. World Education Services (WES)
  2. International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
  3. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
  4. International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
  5. Comparative Education Services (CES): University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
  6. Medical Council of Canada (MCC) (Professional body for doctors)
  7. Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)

Who needs an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)?

Applicants who have completed their education in Canada don’t have to worry about the Educational Credential Assessment report. You will require ECA when you have not completed your education in Canada and you are planning to immigrate to Canada under the Express Entry Programs for better work opportunities. 

If you are willing to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) you need to have an ECA. Albeit, if applicants are applying for Federal Skilled Trades Program or Canadian Experience Class, they do not need an ECA report but if they want to gain some extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points they will need to have an ECA report.

An individual wishing to claim CRS points for any of the programs managed by the Express Entry system must also obtain an ECA Canada for the foreign education of his or her spouse or common-law partner. In the case of accompanying spouses or partners, an ECA for Canada is not required, however, no points would be awarded without an ECA.

What is the Cost and Processing Time for Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Canada?

Various agencies can take different amounts of time to process the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Canada. 

In the following table, we have included the ECA Canada processing time and the basic ECA Canada fees taken by various agencies for credential assessment.

ECA OrganisationProcessing Time (approx.)Fees
World Education Services (WES) ECA4 Weeks220
Comparative Education Service14 Weeks210
International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)12 Weeks230
International Qualification Assessment Service (IQAS)15 Weeks200
International Credential Assessment of service of Canada13 Weeks200
Medical Council of Canada – (Professional body for doctors)6 Weeks290
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (For Pharmacists)13 Weeks600

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