Submit Highest Degree for ECA to immigrate to Canada

Only Submit Highest Degree for ECA to Immigrate to Canada

Published on : December 28, 2020


Key Highlights:

  • ECA Report for Canada Immigration
  • About World Education Services (WES)
  • New Approach to ECA
  • What It Means
  • WES Requirements
  • Specifically Concerning Indians
  • ECA for Express Entry


Now, you only need to submit the highest degree for Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration to Canada.

ECA Report for Canada Immigration

Your ECA allows you to show how your education compares to Canadian education. Immigrants now will only have to submit their highest degree ECA report to Canadian immigration officials and future employers.

Up till now, Canadian immigration applicants had to submit the ECA document verifying the validity of all their foreign certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

About World Education Services

In short, World Education Services or WES is one of the certified providers by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to handle ECA documents. 

New Approach to ECA

WES recently announced that applicants henceforth would only have to submit the highest completed credential for evaluation. 

Candidates are now discouraged from submitting any additional educational documents for evaluation as it only slows down the process. 

What It Means

It means that those who have done a Ph.D. will no longer have to submit their master’s degree or bachelor’s degree for assessment. Their Ph.D. document will suffice. 

The same goes for master’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees. 

WES Requirements

WES does not require documentation submitted in French to be translated into English. However, all documentation in other languages will have to be translated.

There may be some exceptions to the above guidelines.

Specifically Concerning Indians

Some Canadian immigration applicants from India may have to submit additional credential documentation. Those sending a master’s degree or postgraduate diploma will also have to submit their bachelor’s degree.

People with Master of Engineering, Master of Technology, Master of Education, and Master of Philosophy, alongside Ph.D.s are exempted from the above rule. 

ECA for Express Entry

Canadian Express Entry applicants require an ECA to be eligible as primary candidates for the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) and earn Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Moreover, Express Entry candidates applying with a spouse can also earn additional CRS points if the partner also gets an ECA done. Points are allotted if the credential is equivalent to Canadian high school or post-secondary education.


Topics: Migrate, Canada




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