You would be required to have your credentials assessed when immigrating to Canada as a Federal Skilled Worker, to engage in a specific occupation or trade, or for the purpose of education. The credential you got in a country other than Canada must be assessed, including your educational certificates, diplomas, and degrees and work experience and professional permits.
Having your credentials assessed comes with a number of benefits. It demonstrates to the employer that you meet the requirements of the job and understand the job description and the duties involved. It will also make it easy for you to check whether your credentials are at par with the Canadian workers’ standards and whether you require additional training, education, or professional exposure.
The best time to start the assessment process is before your arrival in Canada because the process takes time and monetary commitment. If you are applying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must have your diplomas, foreign degrees, certificates, and other credentials assessed. The immigration authorities will use Educational Credential Assessment (ECAs) to check the credibility and equivalence of your credentials in Canada. There are also specific professions and jobs that would necessitate the assessment of your training and technical skills.
Furthermore, your language skills would need to be assessed no matter what type of job or education you are looking for in Canada. If you want to study in Canada, you must have your educational credentials assessed. While some schools in Canada do the assessments themselves, there are others that would require you to use the service of an assessment agency. You should ask your school what type of assessment they require and accept. Keep in mind that assessment agencies charge fees for assessing credentials and there is no guarantee they will recognize your qualifications.
Are your eligible to become a Canadian citizen?
In order to be eligible for getting Canadian citizenship, you would be required to meet certain conditions:
PR status – No matter what your age, you would be required to be a permanent resident of Canada when applying to become a Canadian citizen. Also, your PR status must not be under question or have a bad history. How well you performed your responsibilities under the PR status would be reviewed.
Time you have lived in Canada – If you have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days in the last 6 years prior to applying for citizenship, you may be eligible to become a Canadian citizen. Also, you must have lived in Canada for at least half a year in at least each 4 of the 6 years before applying for citizenship.
However, these conditions do not apply to children under 18 in case a parent or guardian has applied on their behalf for citizenship. Moreover, the conditions under the time lived in Canada do not apply to Crown servants or family members of Crown servants.
Income tax filing – You must have performed your personal income tax filing responsibilities in 4 tax years that are completely or partly within the 6 years before applying for Canadian citizenship.
Language skills – In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must demonstrate that you are proficient in at least one of the two official languages of Canada: English and French. Your language skills would be determined during an interview. This condition does not apply to children under 18 years of age applying under the subsection 5(1) grant category.