Processing Time

Please note: ICES does not offer rush service.

For general applicants

The estimated processing time for a Basic Evaluation Assessments: four weeks from the date all required documents are received.

The estimated processing time for a Comprehensive Evaluation Assessments: seven weeks from the date all required documents are received.

For immigration

The estimated processing time for an ECA is approximately twenty weeks from the date on which all required documents are received in our office. Timelines apply to all applicants including those already in progress.

Special notice - 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. 


* Note: Timelines are calculated from the day that all required documents are received in their entirety at ICES and not counted from the date of application. Please note that timelines are an estimate only and not a guarantee. Timelines may be affected by incoming volume, additional research or inquiries required to complete the evaluation report. Timelines are subject to change at any time. Lastly, processing times do not include the time it takes for mail delivery.