Recognizing the Value of International Credentials

Skilled immigrants may have international credentials that are not immediately recognizable to a Canadian employer. Recruiters may skim resumes seeking the names of recognized institutions or face challenges when they try to assess international credentials. Similarly, international experience is often devalued or considered irrelevant in Canada.

According to an analysis of the 2006 Census, only 24 per cent of employed foreign-educated, university-level immigrants were working in a regulated occupation that matched their field of study, compared to 62 per cent of their Canadian-born counterparts.

Of those university-level educated immigrants who weren’t working in their field of study, 77 per cent worked in jobs that don’t require a degree, compared to 57 per cent their Canadian-born counterparts.

Leading companies hire accredited, high-potential candidates. An organization that can recognize the transferability of a skilled immigrant’s training and education can gain a definite competitive advantage. By using Canadian credential assessment services, employers are able to increase their familiarity and comfort level with international credentials.