A credential evaluation report is an important part of your application to schools, jobs, or immigration authorities in the U.S. and Canada—it is how these institutions understand the value of your academic achievements. Our goal is to help you complete the credential evaluation process with ease. In fact, applying for a WES credential evaluation is a quick and simple process that consists of three easy steps:
- Create an online account (if you are a first-time applicant) and complete the online application.
- Send in your required documents, indicating your WES reference number on the sealed envelope.
- We verify your credentials and send your credential evaluation report to you and your chosen recipients.
Our tutorial videos and the instructions below will guide you through the WES application process for both the U.S. and Canada.
Keep reading for tips on completing the online WES application, as well as recommendations for tackling the sections that tend to be the trickiest for many applicants.
Adding Your Academic Credentials
After you have created your online account, filled in your personal information, and chosen the purpose of your application, you will come to the Your Education page. On this page, you will need to add, one at a time, all the academic credentials that you want to have evaluated.
For all U.S. applications and the Canadian Standard Application, you may choose to have educational credentials or degrees that are in progress or incomplete evaluated. Just be sure to indicate “in progress” or “incomplete” in the dropdown menu. However, if you have chosen the ECA Application for IRCC, only completed degrees or diplomas may be evaluated.
Most importantly, however, be sure to enter your full name exactly as it appears on your credential.
Note: If the name on your application differs from the name that appears on your academic transcripts or other required documents, this could cause delays in the evaluation process.
Selecting Your Recipients
As part of the application, you will need to choose your recipients. The recipients are the institutions or schools that will receive a copy of your credential evaluation. By default, you will also receive a copy of your credential evaluation report. You cannot opt to have your credential evaluation report sent to a different recipient (instead of you).
Also, you may change your recipients after you have submitted your application. You have the option in My Account to add or delete recipients even after you have submitted your application, so long as your credential evaluation is still in progress and has not been completed.
If you are applying for an ECA Application for Canadian immigration, IRCC will automatically be listed as one of your recipients. You can also choose to add immigration recipients from a pre-approved list of Canadian immigration institutions, if needed.
Sending Your Required Documents
After you have chosen your evaluation report and selected your delivery options, you will see a list of the required documents that you will need to send WES. Either you can send your academic documents to WES, being sure to carefully follow our sealed envelope guidelines, or you can have your educational institution(s) send your official academic records to WES. We highly encourage you to have your institution(s) send your official documents to us directly, so that your documents arrive in the appropriate sealed envelope.
Quick Tip: Do not send original documents to WES, unless specifically requested to do so, as originals will not be returned to you. Instead, official document copies should be sent.
Your WES online account does not expire. Likewise, there is no WES deadline for sending in your required documents. You can log into My Account to see your required documents at any time. But remember, we do not begin evaluating your credentials until we have received full payment and all your required documents.
Related Reading: Understanding WES Required Documents
Paying for Your Credential Evaluation
After reviewing your order, you will be taken to the Payment page. You can pay via credit card, a bank transfer via Western Union, or you can choose to pay via check or money order, which will allow you to pay after you have submitted your application.
Here are some helpful payment tips:
- If you choose to pay with a credit card, please note that you cannot pay with a debit card that does not have a credit card logo.
- If you are having trouble making a payment via credit card, first make sure that the billing zip code or postal code you have input is correct and that it matches the zip code or postal code on the credit card’s billing account. Then contact your bank to notify them of the attempted payment to ensure that your bank is not blocking the transaction.
- You can change payment methods at any time by logging into My Account, where you will be able to make a payment via the method of your choice.
- All Canadian credential evaluations are subject to the Harmonized Sales Tax. The Canadian government requires that we collect this tax.
What to Expect After You Submit Your Application
After you submit your application online, you will receive your WES reference number. If you ever forget your WES reference number, you can find it by logging into My Account, where it will appear at the top of the page, or by clicking on Account Menu, and then Order History.
Once we have received, reviewed, and accepted all your required documents and obtained payment in full, a credential evaluation takes about seven business days to complete. The ECA for IRCC credential evaluation takes a bit longer, however; upon receiving, reviewing, and accepting all your required documents, as well as payment in full, this credential evaluation report takes 20 business days to complete.
Are you ready to get started? Begin your credential evaluation application today!