3 days or less
8 days or less
6 days or less
*Processing times may vary. Processing starts once all documents have been received, reviewed, and accepted by WES and payment has been made in full.
To be eligible for the WES Gateway Program, you must be:
WES corroborates these claims using the best information and resources available. If only a partial transcript is available, WES may be able to reconstruct the degree profile and courses likely taken to achieve that credential.
If you have your academic documents in a sealed envelope, you are not eligible for the WES Gateway Program. You can apply through the standard process. Learn about the standard process.
Note regarding education obtained in Ukraine: Please visit the Important WES Notices page for updates on our evaluation policy.
Note regarding education obtained in Afghanistan: WES evaluates education from 31 universities if it was completed before August 15, 2021. Study completed between 1996 and 2001 cannot be evaluated at this time.
A report issued through the WES Gateway Program validates and assesses the education of individuals who cannot get verifiable academic documentation. The documents used for this evaluation come from the applicant and are not authenticated as in a standard WES evaluation.
Because academic institutions and licensing bodies value authenticated documents, we recommend you attempt to obtain your official documents for a standard WES evaluation before applying through the WES Gateway Program.
There are two types of credential evaluation reports through the WES Gateway Program:
This fee includes:
For applicants that demonstrate a financial need, the partner organizations may be able to access funds to cover the cost of the evaluation. Eligibility criteria for financial aid differ from organization to organization.
The WES Gateway Program will initially focus on Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Türkiye, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Our research team will continue to review all factors and, whenever possible, expand the country list. A public announcement will be made if countries are added to the list.
Depending on your goals in Canada, you may be able to use another credential evaluation service provider to help you meet admission or licensing requirements. Additionally, you may also try our free degree equivalency tool when pursuing employment pathways or upgrading your education through bridge training programs.
If you cannot find an organization in your region, please contact us (select “WES Gateway Program” as the question category).
For WES to process your WES Gateway Program application, you must have originals or copies of at least one of the following documents issued by an institution:
Documents that are not in English or French must be translated.
Your WES credential evaluation highlights your academic achievements and serves as proof of your qualifications. Your credential evaluation report may help you meet the requirements for:
Please note each organization has a different recognition process and may have its own internal requirements.
An evaluation through the WES Gateway Program takes about 15 business days after we receive, review, and accept all your documents and we receive payment in full.
If you were educated in more than one of the eligible countries, you will have an opportunity to add that information later in the application. If you have additional education in a country that is not eligible for the WES Gateway Program, you must submit a separate application for that credential and meet the WES standard document requirements. Fees apply to only one application.