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10 FAQs by WES Applicants about Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for Canada Immigration

Educational Credential Assessment for Canada immigration.

Educational credential Assessment (ECA) is one of the mandatory documents to submit by the WES applicants who are planning to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry Pathways as per IRCC guidelines. 

IRCC: Immigration, Refugees, and Canadian Citizenship has made it mandatory to submit Education Credential Assessment for the applicants who are pursuing immigration pathways, especially Canada Express Entry.

Education Credential assessment verifies the applicant's degrees if done in foreign countries and converted to Canadian level. There are multiple types of ECA for immigration purposes, a different kind for re-issuing, etc.

IRCC verifies each ECA submitted by a prospective immigration application, evaluates the degree finished in a foreign country, and compares the grades with the Canadian Education standards.

World Education Services (WES) is one of five organizations approved by IRCC to issue ECAs for applicants who have done their degrees outside Canada (excluding ECAs for doctors and pharmacists). Here we address some of the most commonly asked questions by the WES applicants below.

Frequently Asked Questions by WES Applicants regarding the ECA

  1. What can you do with an ECA in Canada?

  2. ECA will be one of the mandatory applications to apply to specific IRCC programs. Applicants with a WES ECA can:

    • Meet the requirements of the Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
    • Meet the needs of the IRCC program for Physicians and pharmacists to immigrate to Canada.
    • Be eligible for the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Project run by the IRCC.
    • Recognition for education so they can pursue other goals in Canada.
    • Save their report and certified academic documents in their WES Account for future reference.
  3. How long does it take to get the ECA report from WES?

  4. Just 35 Days. WES has the shortest processing time compared to any other ECA provider in Canada. Please note that these 35 days' count starts after receiving the WES application, verification, and completion of payment.

  5. Can I have my credentials reviewed and included in an ECA report?

  6. ECA, in general, evaluates only the highest degree gained by the applicant from the USA, UK, Australia, and other similar countries. Indian students may need to send all their post-secondary degrees for ECA.

    After submitting their ECA application to WES, an applicant may request that all of their academic qualifications for review.

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  7. Can I add another recipient to my ECA application?

  8. WES applicants can submit this request using their WES Account. Applicants can choose to have their ECA sent to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offices, specific immigration lawyers, or licensed immigration advisors either during the initial credential evaluation application or later.

  9. Can I submit my ECA report to a recipient or institution in the United States?

  10. No, WES exclusively provides ECAs to IRCC, PNP offices across Canada, specific immigration law firms, and certified Canada immigration advisors.

  11. Can I send IRCC my ordinary (non-ECA) evaluation report?

  12. Applicants can submit this request via their WES Account.

  13. How can I renew my expired ECA report for IRCC?

  14. A WES ECA is valid for five years from the date of issuing. Applicants can sign into their online WES account and order a second copy of the ECA for IRCC to prolong the validity of a WES ECA. It will allow the applicant's ECA to be valid for an additional five years.

  15. Do I need to upgrade my ECA to a WES standard evaluation report?

  16. When necessary, WES can assist applicants immigrating to Canada to upgrade their ECA. ECAs declares explicitly that the report is helpful for immigration purposes. However, companies, schools, universities, and professional licensing agencies in Canada may require information not included in an ECA at some point.

  17. How to send transcripts to WES Canada from India?

  18. Indian applicants cannot send their transcripts by themselves. Instead, universities or colleges must send applicants' transcripts directly to WES Canada.

  19. Can I Send my and my spouse's academic documents together to WES?

Yes, if the applicant is applying with a spouse, they can send their documents required for Canada Immigration together and save their courier charges.


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