- Timelines: Our current 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.
- Important note: If you are applying with credentials from Africa
- Due to an extreme increase in evaluation requests from Africa, ICES can no longer meet the completion target of 20 weeks. Note that if you have already applied and all required documents have been received, we are working hard to complete evaluations as close to the 20 week estimated timeline as possible. New applicants with credentials from Africa need to be aware that the timeline for completion cannot be estimated at this time, but will exceed 20 weeks.
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.
- Under the guidelines provided by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), ICES will only provide ECA reports for fully completed academic credentials. A certificate, diploma, or degree must have been completed and awarded.
- If you intend to apply as a Physician/Specialist Physician (NOC 3111 or 3112) and plan to pursue licensure you are advised to be assessed by the Medical Council of Canada.
- Individuals applying as a Pharmacist (NOC 3131) and intending to pursue licensure are advised to have an assessment from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
- If you are applying for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, please visit Atlantic Immigration site for further details.
- For more information about the immigration process related to services offered by ICES please visit Canadian Immigration and Express Entry.
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
- Work or life experience
- Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
- Non-credit professional development courses
- Incomplete or provisional academic credentials