ECA Overview


  • 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.

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
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work or life experience
  • Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
  • Non-credit professional development courses
  • Incomplete or provisional academic credentials
Note the credential must be at least comparable to one-year of full-time study.To proceed with the application for an Educational Credential Assessment please click Step 1 below.

Step 1: Requirements