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International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) for Canada Immigration

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International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) helps people get recognition for education and training they received outside of Canada.

International Qualifications Assessment Service issues certificates that compare educational credentials from other countries to educational standards in Canada.

International Qualifications Assessment Service helps to assess your foreign-earned credentials for immigration or work and study in Canada.

How does the IQAS process work?

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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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.

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The applicant will need to submit the assessment to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada with the file number.             

Eligible Applicants:

  • 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.

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IQAS for Canada immigration purposes

IQAS for Canada immigration purposes: To immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for education received outside of Canada.

To learn more about an ECA, visit the IRCC website Educational credential assessment: What it is

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.

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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

NOTES:

  • 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

ApplicantIQAS
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.

See the ECA Process infographic (PDF, 74 KB)

Who can apply for IQAS Immigration Assessment?

You can get an IQAS assessment for immigration purposes if you:

  • plan to immigrate to Canada
  • need an ECA for Canadian immigration purposes, and have a formal academic diploma or degree, or a technical diploma or degree from an institution outside of Canada

If you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, you do not need to get an ECA for that credential.

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Why get an IQAS assessment?

The ECA is for formal academic / technical education.

An ECA issued by IQAS:

  • is valid for Express Entry for 5 years
  • can be used for immigration to any province/territory in Canada
  • does not mean that your credentials are automatically 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

Cost

Application fee (regardless of the number of credentials): $200

Mailing fees:

  • 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 at the same household.

Processing times

  • Average processing time after all required documents, transcripts, and payments are received can be found at the links below:
  • 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.

In Canada, some occupations are regulated. Regulated occupations have legal requirements or restrictions in place to protect the public. To work in these occupations, you must register with the appropriate professional regulatory organization.

Regulated occupations in Alberta

Who can apply for International Qualifications Assessment Service assessment?

You can get this type of assessment if you have a formal academic or technical degree, diploma or certificate earned outside Canada.

IQAS Canada doesn’t evaluate training received in these areas:

  • trades
  • vocational
  • professional

Why get an assessment by International Qualifications Assessment Service?

You can get an assessment by IQAS Canada to support your:

  • job search
  • application for professional licensure
  • application for post-secondary education

Go to IQAS contact page


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.