The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta government service that issues certificates comparing credentials from other countries to Canadian education standards. International Qualifications Assessment Service is designated by the Government of Canada to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for its Express Entry immigration system.
IQAS ECA (Education Credential Assessment)
An ECA issued by IQAS:
is valid for Express Entry for 5 years
does not mean that your credentials are recognized for licensure in Canada
does not guarantee a job or successful immigration application; but, if you are successful with your immigration application, this assessment may also be used when applying for jobs
An ECA will not be issued if your credentials cannot be authenticated and/or are from an educational institution/program that is not recognized. International Qualifications Assessment Service will let you know that your application has been cancelled.
An ECA may not result in an outcome you want for an Express Entry application. Your credentials are compared to Canadian education standards, which can be different from those in the country where you were educated.
IQAS receives a high volume of applications and does not provide rush services. All applications are processed in the order they have been received.
An ECA will not be issued within shorter timelines to meet your deadlines. You are responsible for applying early enough to meet any deadlines you may have.
ECA Process – Quick View
Gather your documents to apply.
Complete application online and mail application package by post. Monitor delivery through courier.
IQAS sends you an email confirming we opened your package. Note: It takes time to process mail, so it could take several weeks for IQAS to email you.
Request your official transcripts from your school.
International Qualifications Assessment Service emails you after receiving all transcripts.
Note: Processing time starts after all required documents, transcripts, and payments are received. Applications currently take 15 weeks to process.
International Qualifications Assessment Service completes your assessment. Note: You will receive an electronic copy of your assessment, and a hard copy by mail.
Submit your assessment to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your file number.
Processing times take longer if extensive research or verification is required.
Processing times will increase with higher volumes of applications. Currently IQAS is receiving a very high volume of applications.
Mail delivery time is not included in the processing time.
Applicants are responsible for applying early enough to meet any deadlines they may have. IQAS does not provide rush services.
IQAS Canada assessment for employment, education or licensure
If you plan to work or study, you can get an IQAS Canada assessment that compares your credentials to educational standards in Canada.
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