Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from WES – Step by Step guide

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Getting a ECA is mandatory to apply for Express Entry if your highest degree is not from Canada or any Canadian University. ECA from WES is pretty simple but since WES is pretty strict about the documentation, it is beneficial for you to double check your file before sending it to WES.



Step 0: Use the preliminary assessment tool to find out what the outcome of the evaluation *might* be. This should be used only for reference and must not be taken as an official assessment of your credentials.

WES – Preliminary Assessment

Step 1: Understand what documents you require. You can see what documents you require using the below link.

WES – Documents Required

Every country has a different procedure. In some cases, there are different requirements for different universities belonging to the same country. There are different requirements for people who studied in an affiliated institution and in an autonomous institution. Please go through the above link to know more.

Step 2: Request your University to issue you the transcripts. Please check your university website/give them a call and understand how to request transcripts.

Step 3: Create an account in WES and make the payment. This is a very easy process, just follow the steps on the site. check out the below link.

WES – Create Account

You get a “ECA Package” that will provide:

1) A hard copy of your ECA report.

2) A soft copy that you can access online.

3) CIC will be able to check your ECA report online.

Please note that an ECA done for the purpose of Canada Immigration is valid for 5 years.

Step 4:

Send the documents to WES/have your institution send it to them. Use a reliable courier service. Information on how to send your documents can be found in the link provided in Step 1.

Step 5:

WES receives your documents and the status will change from “Waiting for required documents” to “Documents received – Review in Progress”.

Step 6:

After reviewing your documents, WES will either accept those documents and change the status to “Evaluation in Progress” or they will request you to send more documents (if need be). If the documents were not received by them in the format specified, they will reject your documents and you will have to start from Step 1 again. So, be careful while sending the documents. Try to get it right the first time.

Step 7:

After WES completes an evaluation (The standard processing time is 20 Business Days), they will send out an E-mail that says “Evaluation Completed” and dispatch the hard copy of your report to the address mentioned in your account. You will be able to view the report online. The below image shows how your online account would look once the Evaluation is completed.eca-wes-evaluation-completed

At the end of the business day, you will be able to see the tracking number of your package in the “Report Shipping and Tracking” section of your WES account. Please note that the tracking facility is available only for those who choose “International Courier” as the delivery mode of the ECA report. Tracking is not available for Standard Mail. The “Report Shipping and Tracking section would look like as shown below after your hard copy has been dispatched.


Step 8:

You will receive the hard copy of the report in under a week; depending on where you live, there might be delays.

A sample ECA report is provided below.



Did you complete your ECA from WES, do share with us in Comments section.

Adrienne is an immigration consultant and follows the CIC updates keenly. She has special interests in laws and upcoming policy changes in Canadian Immigration which may have impact on interested applicants.

5 thoughts on “Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from WES – Step by Step guide

  • August 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Please confirm the educational credentials is must for saskatchwan Sinp program?
    I shall be grateful to you.
    Nadeem from Pakistan

  • May 22, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    My graduation year is 2013, I wrote the attendance of course as From 2009-2013 But mistakenly the year of graduation as 2014. What shall I do now? I ve emailed them regarding the same. Can they change it or I have to cancel the previous application and file a new one.

    • mm
      May 30, 2017 at 8:19 am

      If you did ECA for the degree, it will state 2013 and that should do the work.
      Raise a CSE and let them know your mistake. Just wish your file goes to a kind agent, who overlooks this.

  • August 30, 2017 at 5:03 am

    i will apply for sinp. i did 3 years diploma but my institute is not approved by any government body. is it necessary for education credential ? i have 77points. can i apply without diploma? or i can add only post – secondary education?


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