As part of your immigration application to Canada, you will need to prove your English proficiency through a test. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognize two English language tests: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). The IELTS is available in 89 countries, while the CELPIP is available in six. Candidates must complete either exam to submit an Express Entry application or apply for permanent residency.
However, many immigration candidates have struggled to complete their English testing requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. As worldwide governments ordered lockdowns to stem the virus’s spread, this has consequently limited access to tests. As the operators of these two tests complied with local laws, they could not offer testing during these periods.
Now that the world is slowly opening back up, it is now easier to take an IELTS or CELPIP exam. Here’s what you need to know about it:
Taking the IELTS
Given the IELTS’s wide availability, you can take it in countries where many of its citizens seek permanent residency in Canada. These include Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, and the UK. The testing centres have implemented health and safety measures to ensure that all candidates can take the test without risk while protecting the test administrators. To find out the IELTS center’s testing schedule, be sure to visit their website.
Taking the CELPIP
Meanwhile, the CELPIP is available in all six countries in which it operates. These countries include Canada, the United States, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, India, and China. More American citizens have been migrating to Canada over the last few years, resulting in increased CELPIP testing dates across the country. To find out more about their testing schedule, visit their website.
Proceeding With Your Canadian Immigration Application During COVID-19
Now that IELTS and CELPIP have resumed their operations, more candidates can continue their Canadian immigration application. However, some candidates may have delayed their testing date or submitted their Express Entry profile late because of the lockdowns. The highest number of successful Express Entry applicants come from the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), closed between March and early July. In that period, the CIC continued only with the Canadian Experience Class and the Provincial Nominee Program for Express Entry draws.
Regardless, immigration lawyers in Toronto highly recommend that candidates proceed with their English language test and submit their application as soon as possible. Doing this will help them enjoy a smoother process and avoid unnecessary delays with the ongoing pandemic.
If a candidate has obtained a provincial nomination through an Express Entry-aligned program or received a high Comprehensive Ranking System score, they may be eligible for permanent residency. In this case, the government will send them an invitation to apply even after entering the Express Entry pool for a brief period. If you’d like to know more about this, be sure to consult with immigration lawyers in Canada.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the timeline of many processes, including an Express Entry application. However, now that the English testing centers have resumed operations, candidates can now proceed with their application.
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