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Migrating to Canada on a work visa

Canada uses an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) when you apply for a Canadian work visa.

Migrating To Canada On A Work Visa

This process ensures that your qualification is valid and equal to a similar Canadian qualification and is one of the requirements if you want to qualify for a Canadian work visa.


You’ll need an Educational Credential Assessment if you do not have a Canadian degree or diploma and:

• you want to be considered for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) under Express Entry, and
• you are a principal applicant, and you got your education outside Canada, or
• you want to receive Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for your foreign education
• for yourself as an Express Entry candidate, or
• for your spouse or common-law partner coming with you to Canada.

Why an ECA report is important:

• You will have proof that you completed foreign credential (degree, diploma or certificate) is equal to a completed Canadian secondary school (high school) or post-secondary credential
• Only degrees, diplomas and certificates that have an ECA report will be considered in your Canadian work visa application.

What’s really important about your ECA report:

• It must be issued on or after the date CIC designated the organization,
• It cannot be more than five years old on the date that CIC gets a) your Express Entry profile, and b) your application for permanent residence, and
• It must show your credential(s) is equal to a completed Canadian one
• Your permanent residency application could fail if your ECA report is not attached. If you are invited to apply for permanent residence and you do not include this assessment and proof of your foreign credential when you apply, your application is not complete and will not be accepted for processing.


Ask your migration consultant to assist you with this process. With years’ of experience with ECA accreditations and recognition by Canada Immigration and Citizenship, this is the safest way of ensuring your ECA is in good hands.

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