Those applying for immigration to Canada now need to submit only their highest education credential for Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). This was informed by WES, which is an ECA service provider certified by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to handle ECAs. The candidates should not submit any additional credentials for assessment, as it will slow down the process. Also, Canadian educational credentials do not require an ECA.
ECA means the document which verifies that the foreign degrees, diplomas and certificates of the immigration candidates have a valid Canadian equivalent. So, from now on, the immigration candidates need to submit only their highest completed credential. It means those who have a PhD need not submit a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
However, certain applicants from India need to submit additional credentials. Those who are sending a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma have to send their bachelor’s degree. But those with a Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Philosophy, or Master of Technology degree are exempted from this requirement. Further, those who have a PhD need not send a bachelor’s or master’s degree for evaluation.
Educational Credential Assessment for Express Entry
Those who are applying for immigration to Canada through Express Entry need to have their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done. The Express Entry candidates who have completed their education outside Canada must have their ECA done for two important reasons—first to be eligible to become a principal applicant for the Federal Skilled Workers Program and second, to earn Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) points for foreign education.
The Express Entry candidates can also earn additional CRS points if their spouse or common law partner gets their ECA done for their foreign credentials. Points will be awarded if it is proven that their foreign credential is equal to a Canadian high school or post-secondary credential.
The ECA document submitted with an Express Entry profile or a permanent residence application must not be older than five years.
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