Completing an English or French language test is an important requirement for skilled worker immigration candidates when they apply for permanent residence in Canada. The test scores are submitted to the Canadian immigration authorities as a proof of the official language proficiency of the immigration candidate. A high score in these tests increases the odds of the candidates for obtaining Canada PR.
The four language tests accepted by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) are:
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program(CELPIP)
- International English Language Testing System(IELTS) General Training Test
- Test d’évaluation de français(TEF Canada)
- Test de connaissance du français(TCF Canada)
As most of the immigration applicants speak English, they choose either the CELPIP or IELTS General Training Test. Those candidates who know both English and French may take both tests and earn some additional points.
Despite the restrictions imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Canada has been conducting a Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws regularly and processing applications for immigration. But immigration candidates across the world were finding it difficult to complete the language tests such as CELPIP and IELTS owing to lockdowns in their respective countries.
As the restrictions are being eased, language test providers are making their tests more readily available for candidates. IELTS is currently operational in 29 countries including India, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In Canada, IELTS is available in British Columbia (BC), Alberta and Manitoba. They have also set tentative test dates in more countries in the coming weeks and months.
CELPIP is also available in British Columbia. Paragon Testing Enterprises, the company which administers CELPIP, is planning to deliver tests in Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador within the coming weeks. The company has informed that CELPIP test will be delivered in international centres as soon as the conditions are favourable.
However, the authorities of both CELPIP and IELTS have made clear that they will be taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of test takers, employees and test centre personnel.
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