Saskatchewan claims to have the best educational credential assessment system
According to Saskatchewan Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan has the best Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) system in Canada. The province provides financial assistance of up to $6,000 to healthcare workers to upgrade or remediate their educational credentials, enabling them to work in their respective fields.
According to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), immigration to Saskatchewan is rising. Last year, the number of new permanent residents in the province increased by 97.6%, reaching a record-breaking 21,635.
Saskatchewan is using its advanced educational credential system to assist foreign nationals who immigrate to the province. This recognition for their international training enables them to secure employment more rapidly than in other regions of the country.
There are guaranteed time frames, according to the provincial minister of immigration. By law, if you submit an application to a regulator, you must receive a response within 20 days if you are in Canada and 50 days if you are outside of Canada.
If the response is “no,” you will know exactly why and how to correct the situation: “This is the course you need to take to have that credential recognized.”
Educational Credential Assessment System (ECAs)
To ensure that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other forms of credential verification) is valid and equal to a Canadian one, you can use an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). ECAs come in an array of types. You need an ECA in order to immigrate. Depending on the ECA’s type and/or issuing organization, you might be able to receive a different sort of ECA issued to you.
ECAs can be used as part of an application to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program of the Express Entry system to show that a foreign national’s degree or diploma is valid and equivalent to a Canadian one.
But ECAs can also be important to foreign nationals once they enter Canada, helping them in showing to employers that they have the education required to obtain jobs in their fields and demonstrating to licensing organizations that they are qualified to practice their professions.
Where to get an ECA?
The immigration department of Canada demands that each ECA be carried out by a designated organization or professional body, which afterward generates a report confirming that international education is equivalent to that in Canada. Each organization and professional body has a different processing timeline and cost.
There are five designated organizations eligible for ECA:
- Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada.
- World Education Services.
- International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS).
- International Credential Evaluation Service – British Columbia Institute of Technology.
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