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May 19, 2010

New Language Test Policies

On March 10, 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that all Federal Skilled Worker Class or Canadian Experienced Class applications will be assessed on the basis of a language test or the documentary proof “provided at the time of application.”

Before, the applicant maintained the choice to either submit documentary proof of their language skills in English and French or to take an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) English language or its French equivalent, the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF).

The new “Action Plan for Faster Immigration”, announced in November 2008 by Minister Jason Kenney, was aimed at getting applications for permanent residence processed within 12 months. Assessing voluminous documentation on a person’s language ability was perceived to meet these new targets.

In other words, only the material submitted at the time of the application will be considered. If there are any doubts, clarification will not be sought and the application will be assessed “as is” as far as language is concerned.

This new policy will apply to applications received on or after April 10, 2010. Click here for the full article.

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