- Timelines: Summer is fast approaching and our processing times may be affected. Please understand that the information listed under processing time is only an estimate. These dates are always in flux and dependant on incoming volume. Currently, credentials from Africa are taking longer than 20 weeks from the date all the requirements have been received.
- Africa: due to a recent increase in the number of fraudulent documents originating from this continent, applicants who submit credentials from the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and other African countries will experience further delays due to verification procedures we have put in place. This applies to both general and ECA evaluation reports.
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) has been designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for Canadian immigration purposes (Express Entry and Permanent Residency).
An Educational Credential Assessment is a statement of the general comparability of international educational credentials to a completed Canadian educational credential, in the format that Citizenship and Immigration Canada / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires.
- Under the guidelines provided by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), ICES will only provide ECA reports for fully completed academic credentials. A certificate, diploma, or degree must have been completed and awarded.
- If you intend to apply as a Physician/Specialist Physician (NOC 3111 or 3112) and plan to pursue licensure you are advised to be assessed by the Medical Council of Canada.
- Individuals applying as a Pharmacist (NOC 3131) and intending to pursue licensure are advised to have an assessment from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
- If you are applying for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, please visit Atlantic Immigration site for further details.
- For more information about the immigration process related to services offered by ICES please visit Canadian Immigration and Express Entry.
ICES does not evaluate:
- Trade qualifications
- For more information about the Federal Skilled Trades Program see Determine your eligibility — Skilled trades at the CIC.
- Military training
- Second language training
- Professional licenses
- Work or life experience
- Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
- Non-credit professional development courses
- Incomplete or provisional academic credentials