Completion of English or French language test that is officially recognized by the Canadian government is mandatory for skilled worker candidates that want to secure a permanent residence (PR) visa to move to Canada.
Getting a good score in Ielts test is among the best ways of increasing the chances of successful completion of your application for Canada PR.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) accepts the following four language tests:
- CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
- IELTS General Training Test: International English Language Testing System
- TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
- TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français
Most immigration applicants speak English, and hence, choose to either take the CELPIP or IELTS General Training Test.
Candidates with knowledge of English and French and who want to obtain additional points (e.g., under Express Entry) may choose to take tests in both languages.
Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and the rest of Canada’s immigration system continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in recent days, there have been numerous Express Entry and PNP draws held
However, the coronavirus has led to lockdowns in Canada and around the world, which has made it difficult for immigration candidates to complete their language tests, such as the CELPIP and IELTS General in recent months.
The official language test providers are subject to local laws, which they are complying with to ensure the health and safety of immigration candidates as well as their employees.
Is Canada still accepting immigration applications?
In the meantime, coronavirus-related disruptions should not discourage immigration candidates from still going ahead and preparing themselves and their applications.
Candidates may wish to capitalize on the opportunity to spend more time studying for their CELPIP or IELTS exam to improve their chances of achieving their Canadian immigration goals.
Finally, IRCC and numerous provinces have stated they will not reject applications if candidates provide an explanation that their application is incomplete because of COVID-19 interruptions.