Canada Immigration Guide: How to do ECA with Sunderland HK?

ECA for Canada immigration with Sunderland HK diploma/degree

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If you’re looking to taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and immigrate to Canada to start a new career life, the good news is that your degree from the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong can be a great steppingstone for your future Canada immigration. We’ve gathered the essential information to teach you how to apply for Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to verify your academic equivalency to a Canadian educational credentials, which is required for the new Canada work permit and immigration application.

On 4 February 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the Government of Canada announced the new Hong Kong Immigration Pathway for Hong Kong people, opening the doors for Hong Kong residents to apply for the new open work permit, and permanent residency from the Canada Immigration and Citizenship department (CIC).

Am I eligible for the new Canadian work permit for Hong Kong applicants?

This newly announced 3-year Canadian work permit requires the Hong Kong applicants to have an educational prerequisite of –

1) a degree (including bachelor, master, or doctorate) from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada or an equivalent educational credential earned abroad, or

2) a higher diploma from a post-secondary DLI in Canada or the equivalent credential from an overseas institution.

Your educational credential must be assessed and verified through educational credential assessment (ECA) by a designated organisation approved by IRCC to confirm the Canadian equivalency. The duration of your study programme should be at least 2 years.

Make sure your educational credential was obtained within the 5 years immediately preceding your application submission. If your degree is issued outside Canada, your application will require an ECA report.

Can I apply for ECA with a diploma/degree from Sunderland HK?

We can assist your educational credential assessment (ECA) application in the following way if you completed a diploma or degree from University of Sunderland in Hong Kong. This will aid your application for the Canadian work permit and permanent residency to migrate to Canada.

Method 1:

You can sign up for an online portal account from a designated agency, such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES), to acquire an educational credential assessment (ECA) application reference number.

After you received your application reference number, you can contact our officers at the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong for the documents required to verify your academic credentials and certifications.

The University of Sunderland in Hong Kong will deliver the hard copy of your credential documents in a sealed envelope, with the university chop and a signature on the cover to your appointed agency (WES, ICES etc.) through courier.

The envelope should remain sealed until the officers from your agency open it. The courier cost will be borne by the applicant.

Method 2:

As an alternative to method 1, you can request our officers at the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong to send you the sealed, chopped and signed envelope with your credential documents inside, and deliver the sealed envelope to the agency via courier yourself.  The envelope should remain sealed until the officers from your agency open it.

Which are the designated organisations (DLI) for processing educational credential assessment (ECA)?

You should note that the educational credential assessment (ECA) offered by the designated learning institutions (DLI) is valid for five years from the date of issue if it’s for Canadian immigration purpose, but is valid indefinitely if used for general purpose.

Below are the learning institutions designated by the IRCC:

  1. Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (CES)

The University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies has been designated on 17 April 2013 to offer the Comparative Education Service (CES) to provide the educational credential assessment (ECA) that indicates the equivalency of your international educational credentials to those offered in Canada.

  1. International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) 

Designated on 17 April 2013, the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) is a well-known authorised agency to provide the educational credential assessment (ECA) to those who wish to acquire a working visa and immigrate to Canada.

  1. World Education Services (WES)

World Education Services (WES) is one of the most popular designated agencies since 17 April 2013 to offer educational credential assessment (ECA) for Hong Kong students who wish to migrate to Canada.

  1. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) has been designed on 6 August 2015 by the IRCC to offer the educational credential assessment (ECA). Its website provides clear instructions and guidelines to those who wish to migrate to Canada with an equivalent overseas academic credential.

  1. International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

The International Credential Evaluation Service is offered by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), designed on 6 August 2015 by IRCC to assess the compatibility of an international certificate, diploma, or degree to its equivalent Canadian educational credential.

What kind of documents do I need from Sunderland HK for my ECA application?

Usually, your educational credential assessment (ECA) application would require these document items from the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong if you acquired your diploma or degree from us:

– A signed hard copy of your academic transcript

– A letter proof of enrolment with a chop and a signature from the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong

How much does it cost for Sunderland HK to provide my ECA documents?

We will charge a small sum of administrative fee per item for your educational credential assessment (ECA) application. The courier fee will be borne by the applicant.

The cost might vary depending on the university policy. In the event of any disputes, the University of Sunderland in Hong Kong reserves the right to the final decision.

 

Due to Covid-19, the application might take some time to be processed, so plan early and sort out your documents! If you encounter any question during your application for educational credential assessment (ECA), please do not hesitate to contact us at studentsupporthk@sunderland.edu.hk for more details.