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IQAS: International Qualifications Assessment Service

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IQAS, headquartered in Alberta, is the official Canadian government agency responsible for conducting Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) required for various immigration programs across the country. The organization offers comprehensive guides, transcript comparisons, and skill assessments for numerous countries seeking to establish a foreign balance in the immigration process with Canada.

This article aims to provide a thorough exploration of IQAS’s functions and factors contributing to its credibility.

1. What is the IQAS?

IQAS, the International Qualifications Assessment Service, serves as a comprehensive guiding and assessment body for countries across various socio-economic standards, particularly those with significant immigration populations to Canada.

2. What is the duration for the assessment to be finished?

IQAS processes Canadian applications faster than any other assessing organization. The comprehensive ECA for a candidate is completed within a span of 6 weeks.

3. How much does the IQAS ECA cost?

The IQAS ECA is more affordable compared to other organizations, with a fee of CAD220 or INR13,354.

4. What is the duration of validity for IQAS?

Your IQAS Report will remain valid for a period of five years.

5. How to Request an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) from IQAS? Follow these five steps:

Step 1: Confirm Your Eligibility for the Program.

Identify the visa type for which you are applying. Students benefit significantly from having a pre-existing ECA Report. Professionals applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, CEC, or PNP (Provincial Nominee Programs) earn additional points with an ECA Report.


Step 2: Prepare All Required Documents.

Ensure that all educational transcripts are translated into English or French. Documents must be properly attested and sealed by a notary.


Step 3: Complete the Online IQAS Form.

Accurately input all required details when filling out the IQAS Form online. Avoid misspelling names to prevent delays in receiving the IQAS Report.


Step 4: Finalize the Online Application Process.

Submit your completed application online and make note of the IQAS Reference Number. This reference number is essential for your final visa application. Step 5: Mail All Documents to the IQAS Head Office.


If online submission is not possible, courier your documents to the IQAS Head Office in Alberta. Ensure that the envelope includes the IQAS Reference Number.

6. Key Information for Indians Applying for IQAS Evaluation

1. Official Credential Name (e.g., “Secondary School Examination 2013-2014”)

2. English Translations of Reports

3. Date of Report Issuance

4. Issuing Body Name (e.g., “Central Board of Secondary Education”)

5. Admission Requirements for the Selected Program

6. Program Information

7. IQAS Comparison of Credentials

7. What makes India a Key Choice for IQAS?

In 2019, the Federal Republic of India constituted a quarter of the total immigration to Canada.

Presently, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) hosts over 500,000 Indo-Canadians.

India follows a globally recognized 3-tier education system spanning 12 years:

1. 8 years of elementary education.

2. 2 years of high school education (9th and 10th grade).

3. 2 years of pre-university education (11th and 12th grade).


Examinations for each of these stages are authenticated by central or state government authorities, ensuring that IQAS receives pre-verified reports from Indian Assessing Bodies.

8. Discover the potential of your degree!

Did you realize that The IQAS highly values Indian MBA degrees?

Explore the table below to learn 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. Recent updates on Canada's immigration scene!

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has disclosed the migration targets for 2022, 2023, and 2024:

  • 431,645 invitations for Permanent Residence in 2022
  • 447,005 invitations for Permanent Residence in 2023
  • 451,000 invitations for Permanent Residence in 2024

In 2021, Canada embraced 405,330 new immigrants. Ontario led the way by extending invitations to 198,085 individuals, making it the top province. Following closely, British Columbia granted permanent residency to 69,270 newcomers, and Quebec warmly welcomed 50,170 new permanent residents.

Excitingly, job opportunities in the Quebec Region are now more accessible. The experts at Countrywide Visas specializing in Quebec immigration through Arrima are here to assist. Schedule a free consultation with us to delve deeper into the details.

What are the most recent health guidelines for relocating to Canada?

The impact of COVID-19 has led to increased health protocols in the country.

As a mandatory requirement, it is essential to undergo a COVID-19 RT PCR Test before traveling to Canada.

Upon arrival with a negative test result and a valid health certificate, a 14-day self-isolation period is required. After completing this period, you are free to resume your daily activities in Canada.

In case of severe health complications, Canadian authorities will offer free healthcare. However, it is crucial to ensure all documentation and visa filing processes are completed before accessing this benefit.

For more detailed information, you can refer to the downloadable PDF.

Countries that IQAS Provides Guides For




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Justin Trudeau and India

According to Karan Gupta, a Canadian resident, choosing to study in Canada increases the likelihood of securing a well-paying job and establishing a long-term residence in the country. This factor is identified as the primary cause for the rising numbers, as reported to the Times of India.


The 2018 visit of Justin Trudeau to India proved to be a significant success, marked by progressive discussions on human rights with Indian diplomats and the Prime Minister.


It’s interesting to note that four members of the Canadian Prime Minister’s Cabinet are of Indo-Canadian descent: Navdeep Singh Bains, Harjit Singh Sajjan, Bardish Chagger, and Anita Anand.

How Countrywide Visas Can Help You Increase Your Chances To Obtain A Canadian PR?

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