The Minimum Education Requirement (for Applications Received on or after May 04, 2013)
The authorities have prescribed certain educational requirements that applicants would need to meet. To meet these requirements, applicants would need to:
- Submit their completed Canadian educational credentials or,
- Submit their completed foreign educational credentials and the Equivalency Assessment (ECA) report issued by a designated assessment organisation or institution
The applicants would need to submit these documents along with their applications to the Centralised Intake Office (CIO). The equivalency assessment would need to be less than five years old on the date on which the Centralised Intake Office (CIO) receives the application.
Situations could arise where the authorities have designated a professional body for the primary occupation specified in the application. In this scenario, the applicant would need to submit:
- A completed foreign diploma, certificate or credential relevant to that occupation and,
- The Equivalency Assessment (ECA) report issued by a designated professional body
This Equivalency Assessment (ECA) report would serve to establish that the completed foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to the completed Canadian educational credential required for practising that occupation. The report would enable the applicant to practice the specific occupation in at least one of the provinces in which the authorities recognise the equivalency assessments issued by this professional body.
It is worth noting that this Equivalency Assessment (ECA) report would need to:
- Be issued by the designated professional body and,
- Be less than five years old on the date on which the applicants make the application
This is in accordance with the provisions specified in R75 (2.1).
In addition, the authorities would use these Equivalency Assessment (ECA) reports as conclusive evidence that the applicant’s completed foreign diplomas, certificates or credentials are equivalent to the completed Canadian educational credentials. This is especially so to meet the provisions specified in R75 (2) (e), R75 (2.1) and R78.
Typically, these Equivalency Assessment (ECA) reports would also need to include an assessment by the organisation or institution. This assessment would verify the authenticity of the completed foreign diploma, certificate or credential.
Applicants might wish to acquire more details on this subject. For this, they would need to refer to the section that concerns the authenticity of foreign educational credentials given subsequently in this document (refer to Appendix C).
- The applicant would also need to submit at least a completed Canadian secondary educational credential or its equivalent
- This would enable the applicant to meet the minimum education requirement
- It is worth remembering that the Centralised Intake Office (CIO) will only accept reports issued by a designated organisation or institution designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as an equivalency assessment for the purpose of a Federal Skilled Worker Class application.
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Designated Assessment Organisations
Officers might come across applicants who list the following as the primary occupation in their applications:
- Specialist physician – NOC 3111 or,
- General practitioners and family physicians – NOC 3112 or,
- Pharmacist – NOC 3131
These individuals would need to submit an equivalency assessment (ECA report) issued by a designated professional body. At the time of publication, the authorities have specified the following designated professional bodies for equivalency assessments (ECA reports):
- Medical Council of Canada (MEC)
- Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
Similarly, officers might come across applicants who list any other occupation as their primary occupation in their application. These individuals would need to submit an equivalency assessment (ECA report) as well. However, these individuals would need to obtain the equivalency assessment (ECA report) from any one of the following designated assessment organisations:
- Comparative Education Service (CES), University of Toronto
- International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
- World Education Services (WES)
The Process to Follow Regarding Concerns with Respect to the Authenticity of Foreign Educational Credentials
Situations could arise where officers have concerns about the authenticity of the applicant’s foreign educational credentials. In this scenario, they would need to:
- Communicate these concerns to the applicant and,
- Provide the applicant with an opportunity to respond to those concerns and provide any additional information and / or documentation
This is in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness.
In addition, the officers would need to contact the Centralised Intake Office (CIO) first. This would enable them to obtain access to the online verification system of the designated organisation or institution. Obtaining this access would further enable them to validate the source documents assessed for the purposes of issuing the equivalency assessment (ECA report).
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)