Canada To Require Tests In English Or French For Skilled Immigrants

Thursday, April 22, 2010 |

The Canadian government requires that all applicants enter Canada in the category of skilled migrants must demonstrate knowledge of English or French, to prove fluency in official languages, through a test.

Canada, the Federal Republic officer of Citizenship and Immigration announced today that as of 10 April 2010, applicants whose native language is not English or French will submit test results from an independent third party test.

Until now, candidates take an exam or receive a written communication in a language from visa office. But the department now believes that the written declaration is not sufficient to test the English skills of the candidate or French.

Therefore, the new regulation.

This rule applies only to those who wish to apply for immigration to Canada under the skilled worker category and experience, and not to those who are in the family class (see article Family class).

An applicant can take up to 24 percent of 100 points of mastering the language.

Some critics question the logic of asking the mastery of English or French of skilled labor such as construction workers or cooks, including Canada desperately needs, but not necessarily be comfortable or Canada, here both official languages.
Language testing organizations

English:

    * International English Test (IELTS)

This is a test from the University of Cambridge ESOL, British Columbia, the British Council and IDP Australia Pty Ltd managed.

IELTS has two options for reading and writing tests: general and academic education, and applicants should have the choice of general education.

    * The Canadian Index of English language development program

University of British Columbia, Canada, administers the test.

French:

    * Test d ├ä├┤evaluation of French (TEF)

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry administers these tests.

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