Navigating the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Process

Navigating the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) Process

Samuel Francis Gills Published:
October 26, 2023

The dream of migrating to Canada, the land of diverse opportunities and cultural richness, often begins with understanding and completing essential immigration processes. One of such crucial steps is the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), which validates the equivalence of your foreign education credentials in Canada. In this article, we'll guide you through the ECA process – how it works, how can we help, etc.

What is ECA & how does it work?

The Educational Credential Assessment is a mandatory process for individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada under various immigration pathways. Its purpose is to assess the authenticity and value of your foreign (non-Canadian) educational qualifications with respect to Canadian educational standards. The ECA process helps Canadian institutions, employers, and immigration authorities understand the quality and equivalency of your education. Below is a brief & step-by-step elucidation of the ECA process. Select a Designated Organization: the first step in your ECA journey is choosing a designated organization authorized by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to conduct ECA assessments. These organizations include recognized universities, evaluation agencies, and other institutions.

Gather Required Documents: you need to provide transcripts, diploma/degree certificates, and any other relevant academic documents to the designated organization. Ensure that these documents are official and authenticated. Submit Your Application: prepare and submit your application for an ECA assessment to your chosen designated organization. Pay the required fees. We can always help you if you need any assistance in this area. Assessment and Report: the designated organization will evaluate your credentials and provide an ECA report, indicating the Canadian equivalent of your education. Use of ECA Report: once you receive your ECA report, it can be used in various immigration streams, including Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and more.  


Designated ECA organizations and other details  


Designated ECA organization name Provides ECA services for Processing time Fee Website
World Education Services (WES) General Around 7 business days or less Around CAD 100 plus taxes
Comparative Education Service (CES) General Around 8 weeks Around CAD 90 plus taxes
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) General Around 14 weeks CAD 200
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) General Around 14 weeks CAD 220
International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) General Around 7 weeks CAD 50
Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Doctors/Physicians Up to 3 weeks CAD 114
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Pharmacists Up to 8 weeks CAD 100

How can we help?

At Owlspriority Immigration, we understand that the ECA process can be intricate and time-consuming. That is where our expertise comes into play. Our dedicated team of professionals specializes in navigating the Canadian immigration landscape.

ECA Guidance: we provide comprehensive guidance on selecting the right designated organization, preparing your documents, and ensuring a smooth ECA application process.

ECA Application Support: We assist in preparing and submitting your ECA application, ensuring all necessary details are in place. 

Immigration Pathway Assistance: Beyond ECA, we offer support in identifying the most suitable immigration pathways for your profile, such as Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, and more.

Personalized Solutions: Each client's situation is unique. We tailor our services to meet your specific needs, ensuring a personalized and hassle-free experience.

The Educational Credential Assessment process is a pivotal step in your Canadian immigration journey. With the right guidance and support, you can successfully navigate this process and move closer to your Canadian dream.

At Owlspriority Immigration, we are committed to making your immigration journey smoother, from ECA to settlement in Canada.

Contact us if to know if you qualify to migrate to Canada. Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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