Canada ECA

An important step while applying for your Canada PR visa is to apply for the Educational Credential Assessment or the ECA which is required if you have done your education outside Canada. The ECA is required if you are applying for a visa through the Express Entry program to prove that your foreign education degree or credential is valid and is equal to a Canadian degree.

Who needs the ECA?

Applicants who have completed their education outside Canada and are applying for PR visa under the Federal Skilled Workers Program

Applicants who need to earn points for education received outside Canada.

Applicants whose spouse or partner is coming with them to Canada and who need to get an ECA for them as well in order to earn points for their education in the PR visa application.

Where can you get your ECA?

You can get your ECA from one of the designated organizations given below:

  • World Education Services (Date designated: April 17, 2013)
  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (Date designated: April 17, 2013)
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (Date designated: April 17, 2013)
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (Date designated: August 6, 2015)
  • International Credential Evaluation Service (Date designated: August 6, 2015)
  • Medical Council of Canada (professional body for Doctors) (Date designated: April 17, 2013)
  • Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (professional body for Pharmacists) (Date designated: January 6, 2014)

The IRCC will only accept assessments that are issued on or after the date the organizations were designated to issue ECA reports for immigration applicants.

FAQ
What is PR visa for Canada?

A permanent resident visa (PR visa) allows you to work and live permanently in the country with your family. It allows you to subsequently apply for citizenship.

A PR visa in Canada allows an immigrant to live and work in the country. It provides permanent residency. For the PR visa, the candidate must submit an application to the IRCC.

What are the requirements for PR in Canada?

If you wish to migrate to Canada on a PR visa, there are various immigration programs under which you can migrate. Some popular programs for getting your Canada PR are:

  1. Express Entry Program
  2. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
  3. Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Each immigration program has its own set of criteria. If you are applying under a program, you must meet the eligibility requirements. There are some general minimum requirements common to all these programs:

  • Applicants should be above 18 years of age
  • Applicants should have the minimum educational qualifications equal to higher secondary education in Canada
  • Applicants must score the minimum marks in language proficiency tests such as IELTS or CLB Applicants require minimum one year of work experience
What are the Canada PR eligibility points?

The eligibility requirement for the Canada PR is 67 points out of 100. You will need to score at least 67 points under various eligibility criteria to apply for your PR visa. 

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Adaptability
  • Arranged employment
How can I get 67 points in Canadian PR?

You will need to score at least 67 points under various eligibility criteria to apply for a canada PR visa. Your application will be given a score based on the following factors:

Age – maximum 12 points

Points will be awarded to applicants for their age. They can obtain a maximum 12 points. The age calculation is done from the day your application is received.

Education – maximum 25 points

You can score a maximum 25 canada immigration points for your education. If you have an overseas education, you must have an ECA report from an authorized agency.

Experience – maximum 15 points

Canada immigration points will also be incurred for your work experience. You can obtain points for the number of years you worked full-time or part-time. You can obtain a maximum 15 points for this factor.

Language skills – maximum 28 points

Knowledge of english and or french will help you obtain a maximum 28 points.

Arranged employment in canada – maximum 10 points

You can also obtain canada immigration points for a job offer of minimum 1-year from an employer in canada. You must get this offer prior to submitting your PR application.

Adaptability – maximum 10 points

Based on your past study, jobs, and relatives in canada, you will be awarded points. If you are immigrating to canada with your common-law partner or spouse, you could be eligible for additional points under the adaptability category.

How can I get 450 score for Canada PR?

The best way to gain more points for your Express Entry profile is to get a qualified job offer. An ITA is unlikely to be awarded to a profile with a score of 400 points. However, the same profile with a qualified job offer receives a minimum of 450 points.

Is a CRS score of 400 points enough for Canada PR?

It is difficult to get an ITA for Canada PR with a CRS score of 400 points, however if you apply for a PR visa under PNP which is linked to the Express Entry, you can get 600 additional points if you obtain a PNP nomination. This will be added to his CRS score under the Express Entry system.

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