Foreign Credentials in Canada

2005-07-24

The vast majority of potential immigrants to Canada have been trained in an occupation or profession outside Canada. The big questions on everyone’s mind: Will my qualification be recognized in Canada? Will I be able to work in my field of expertise? If not, what additional education will I have to complete?

Until recently, it was difficult for potential immigrants to determine if their credentials would be recognized by Canada once they arrived. However, the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) offers assistance in helping determine credential recognition for an incredible 180 different occupations, from Accountants through to Welders.

The CICIC does not itself recognize credentials. Rather, it is an information resource — it collects, organizes, and distributes information, and acts as a national clearing house and referral service to support the recognition and portability of Canadian and international educational and occupational qualifications.

The CICIC was established after Canada ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees concerning Higher Education in the States belonging to the Europe Region to assist Canada in carrying out its obligations under the terms of this convention. The convention promotes international mobility by advocating wider recognition of higher education and professional qualifications.

About the author

Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

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