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The Canadian Immigration Process includes an education requirement; this will help to form the basis on which a Federal Skilled Worker applicant will be accepted or refused.

As of May 2013, foreign educational credentials must be assessed by a designated Canadian organization; this will determine the Canadian equivalent of foreign credentials. If you have questions about the education requirement, our full-service Canadian immigration law firm can provide comprehensive assistance.

A maximum of 25 points are awarded based on the following Canadian equivalent:

Level of Education Points
Doctoral Level 25 points
Master`s level or professional degree 23 points
Two or more post-secondary credentials,
one of which is a three-year or longer post-secondary credential
22 points
Three-year or longer post-secondary credential 21 points
Two-year post-secondary credential 19 points
One-year post-secondary credential 15 points
Secondary school 5 points

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will no longer consider applications that do not include an assessment of educational credentials. Only 300 applicants will be considered for each eligible occupation. Ensure that your application includes all of the necessary documents.

Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will only consider educational credentials that have a Canadian equivalent.

*One of the designated organizations will provide the Federal Skilled Worker Applicant with a report; this report will determine the validity of the credentials as well as the Canadian equivalent of the submitted credentials.

*The Federal Skilled Applicant should choose the credentialing organization that best suits the nature of the credentials. A physician must have her or his credentials assessed by the Medical Council of Canada. Documents, costs and wait time for the credential report will depend on the organization.