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IQAS: Process time, Documentation, Cost and Comparison Table

Understand the 10 essential information to get an ECA report from the IRCC-recognized IQAS - Your first step towards Canada Immigration.     

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IQAS is the Canadian Government Body that performs the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for all of Canada’s Immigration Programs. It is headquartered in Alberta.

It provides detailed guides, transcript comparisons and skill assessment for major countries that want to create a foreign-balance in the migration process with Canada. 

This article will give you an in-depth look into the functions and credibility factors of the IQAS.

1. What is the IQAS?

IQAS or the International Qualifications Assessment Service is an elaborate Guiding and Assessment Body for countries of all socio-economic standards with the highest immigration population to Canada.

The recognition offered by IQAS is valid all over Canada.

2. How much time does it take to complete the assessment?

IQAS assesses Canada applications quicker than any other assessing body. It takes 6 weeks to complete the in-depth ECA of a candidate.

3. What is the Cost of IQAS ECA?

The ECA done by the IQAS is less expensive than other bodies.

It costs CAD220 or INR13,354.

4. What is the Validity Period for IQAS?

Your IQAS Report will be valid for five years.

5. How to apply for IQAS ECA?

Follow these 5 steps:

Step 1: Check your eligibility for the program.

Step 2: Keep all the necessary documents ready.

  • All your educational transcripts must be translated to English or French.
  • It must be duly attested and sealed by a notary.

Step 3: Fill the IQAS Form online.

  • Ensure that all your enter all the details accurately.
  • Misspelling of names can cause a delay in receiving the IQAS Report.

Step 4: Complete the application process online.

  • Submit your final application online and note down the IQAS Reference Number.
  • You will need this number for your final visa application.

Step 5: Send all your documents by post to the IQAS Head Office.

  • If you're unable to submit your documents online, you can courier them to the IQAS Head Office in Alberta.
  • Remember that the envelope must contain the IQAS Reference Number.

6. The IQAS Form essentials for Indians

  • The official name of the credential (For e.g. “Secondary School Examination 2013-2014”)
  • English Translated Reports
  • Date of Issue of the reports
  • Issuing Body Name (For e.g. "Central Board of Secondary Education")
  • Admission Requirements of the chosen program
  • Program Information
  • IQAS Comparison of the credentials

7. Why is India a Major Preference by The IQAS?

In 2019, The Federal Republic Of India accounted for 1/4th of the total immigration to Canada.

Also, today The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to more than 500,000 Indo-Canadians.

India has a 3 division schooling system of 12 years as recognized globally:

  1. 8 years of elementary education.
  2. 2 years of high school education. (9th and 10th std)
  3. 2 years of pre-university education. (11th and 12th std)

The examinations for all of these divisions are verified by central or state government bodies.

This ensures that the reports submitted to the IQAS are pre-verified by Indian Assessing Bodies.

8. Find out what your Degree can do

Did you know that Indian MBA Degrees are given immense importance by The IQAS?

Have a look at the table below to know more:

Degree or Certificate

Documents Required

Length of Study

IQAS Standard

10th Standard

Result Certificates till 9th Standard

2 years

Completion of 10th Standard.

12th Standard

10th Result Certificate

2 years

Completion of 12th Standard.

Diploma Degree

10th Result Certificate, 12th Result Certificate

2-3 years

Completion of a diploma course with good academic records.

Bachelor’s Degree

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12 years)

3-4 years

Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University.

Master’s Degree

3 years/4 years Bachelor’s Degree

2-3 years

Completion of a Master’s Degree from a recognized University.

MBA or Executive MBA

3 years Bachelor’s Degree

3 years

Completion of a specialized Master’s Degree in Business. Administration

Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.)

Master’s Degree, LOR, Experience Letter, Rank Card

3 years (Minimum)

Completion of a Ph.D. Degree with at least 2 published papers in recognized journals.



9. Recognized Indian Government Assessment Bodies 

  • CBSE: The Central Board of Secondary Education
  • NCERT: National Council of Educational Research and Training
  • AICTE: All India Council for Technical Education
  • CIVE: Central Institute of Vocational Education
  • IGNOU: Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • NOS: National Institute of Open Schooling
  • NIEPA: National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration
  • NCTE: The National Council for Teacher Education
  • UGC: University Grants Commission
  • NIC: National Information Centre

10. Latest updates on Canada Immigration 

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) announced the latest migrant targets for the upcoming years 2022 and 2023:

  • 431,645 Permanent Residence Invites  in 2022
  • 447,005 Permanent Residence Invites in 2023
  • 451,000 Permanent Residence Invites in 2024
  • In 2021, Canada Welcomed 405,330 New Immigrants
  • Ontario Invited the most number of immigrants in 2021 with 198,085,  the second most popular province British Columbia issued 69,270 permanent residents and Quebec welcomed 50,170 new permanent residents.
  • You can now get a job in the Quebec Region directly.
  • Our Quebec Immigration Experts at Kansas specialize in handling Arrima.

You can book a free consultation with us to know more.

What are the latest health precautions for migrating to Canada?

COVID-19 has caused stricter health regulations in Canada.

Hence, you must mandatorily get a COVID-19 RT PCR Test done prior to your travel to Canada.

With a negative test result and a health certificate, when you land in Canada, you will have to be in self-isolation for 14 days. Post which you can go about your daily-routine in Canada.

Canadian Authorities will provide you with free healthcare for any severe health complications. However, you must complete all your documentation and visa filing processes before availing this benefit.

You can download this PDF to know more.

Countries that IQAS Provides Guides For

  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Former USSR
  • France
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Syria
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Justin Trudeau and India

...If a student studies in Canada, he or she is more likely to land a well-paying job and settle down in the country. This is the primary reason for the numbers going up..”- Karan Gupta, from Canada, told the Times of India.

Justin Trudeau’s visit to India in 2018 was an immense success. Progressive discussions on human rights with Indian Diplomats and the Prime Minister were the highlight of the visit.

Did you know that 4 of the Canadian Prime Minister’s Cabinet Members are Indo-Canadians?

Navdeep Singh Bains, Harjit Singh Sajjan, Bardish Chagger, and Anita Anand.

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