IQAS assessment for immigration purposes

To immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for education received outside of Canada.


The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta government service. IQAS is designated by the Government of Canada to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) assessments for immigration purposes. An ECA issued by IQAS can be used for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program under Express Entry for 5 years.

IQAS does assessments and issues certificates that compare credentials from other countries to educational standards in Canada.

Who can apply

You can get an assessment for immigration purposes if you’re:

  • planning to immigrate to Canada, and
  • in need of an ECA for Canadian immigration purposes

If you have a formal academic / technical diploma / degree from an institution outside of Canada you can apply.

If you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, you do not need to get an ECA for that credential.

Why get an assessment

The ECA is for formal academic / technical education.

An ECA issued by IQAS:

  • is valid for Express Entry for five years
  • can be used for immigration to any province/territory in Canada
  • does not mean that your credentials are automatically recognized for licensure in Canada
  • does not guarantee a job or successful immigration application; but, if you are successful with your immigration application, this assessment may also be used when applying for jobs


Application fee (regardless of the number of credentials): $200

Courier fees:

  • to an address in Canada: $15
  • to an address outside of Canada: $75

Fees apply to each applicant; spouses cannot submit their credentials under one application.

Processing times

  • An assessment takes 9 weeks to process after all required documents and payments are received.
  • Assessment of some applications may take longer if extensive research is required.
  • Times may vary based on the volume of applications.
  • Mail delivery time is not included in the processing time.

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