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Could an ECA report count as Proof of Language?

By: fitter_happier on Oct 08, 2019 10:19 PM EST

So I was reading this:

It seems as though if you have studied a course in English or French and have either of the following:




Then you are able to provide this as proof that you are proficient in either English of French. I am in a situation right now in which I don't have my IELTS certificate anymore to send when I come to apply for Canadian Citizenship next month. I could have requested a copy from IELTS back in March but I'm months too late for that now as I had gotten the certificate in 2017 and IELTS will only provide copies up to 2 years after you got the pass.

I do have an old IELTS certificate from 2014 which I had also sent with my PR application in 2016 but that PR application was refused (because the IELTS certificate had expired). It's not too clear to me that providing a 2014 IELTS certificate will be accepted and I don't want to take the risk.

So I am trying to avoid having to sit the IELTS exam for the 3rd time.

I have my ECA report which was sent to me in April 2015. It validates my Bachelor of Science with honours degree in Computer Networking. The report was carried out by the University of Toronto.

I am wondering, if I was to provide my ECA report which shows and validates my Degree which was obtained in the United Kingdom, if it would suffice as proof of my English language proficiency?

I believe my actual diploma is still back in Scotland so I could maybe have it sent over to be extra careful but wondering if anyone has ever used an ECA report to satisfy the requirements for Language in the application for Canadian Citizenship.

Thank you in advance.
By: Zhang Hui on Oct 09, 2019 12:10 PM EST
Hi Fitter,

ECA report may not be a good idea, and the two-year timeframe for language level proof is required when you apply for PR, not for citizenship.

This webpage of IRCC may help you clear your doubts:

Good luck,

Zhang Hui RCIC
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