Original Language Test Result Requirement Changes
Canada updates its policy on the original language test result requirement for certain immigration programs. Requirements for the language tests for immigration pathways, such as the Start-up visa program and regional pilots are clarified by the immigration department.
Now the candidates can provide copies, instead of original documents, of the language test results for 4 Canadian immigration programs.
According to the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government will also accept copies of language test results for the following programs:
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot
- Start-up Visa Program
- Agri-Food Immigration Pilot
- Rural Northern Immigration Pilot
Each particular program has its own language ability criteria that immigration applicants need to meet when they apply one of those programs above. The language skills are assessed by Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), which has 12 levels for each language skill: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Foreign skilled workers wishing to reside in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces can use the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which allows candidates to reside in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is not required for employers hiring through AIPP. The employer’s role is to connect a foreign national, who accepted the job offer, with a designated settlement provider organization.
When the business wants to have a foreign worker in a hurry, they can obtain a temporary work permit, which allows the applicant should settle in Canada as quickly as possible.
To secure the work permit, the candidate needs to submit an application for permanent residency in Canada within 90 days of applying for a temporary work permit. Candidates also need at least a CLB of 4 to immigrate under this program, among several other criteria.
If you work in certain occupations related to the agri-food industry in Canada, you may apply through the AFP.
Among several other factors, qualifying applicants have full-time job offers in the meat processing, farming, greenhouse cultivation, and farm supervisor positions for a 12-month duration.
Among other qualifying factors, AFP applicants are required to have a CLB of 4 or more.
The RNIP is designed for candidates seeking to move to Canada in one of the participating communities.
Nine of the participating communities have so far approved submissions. Nonetheless, as each municipality has its own eligibility criteria, applicants must first satisfy the requirements of the federal government.
As per the requirement of the federal government, the language skills requirements needed for RNIP programs are based on the type of job offer. If you’re competing for jobs with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) code of 0 or A, you’ll need a CLB of at least 6. This is because, at the management and professional level, such jobs require university degrees.
Candidates require to have a CLB of at least 5 for jobs at NOC B which are considered technical occupations.
Yet, applicants need to have a CLB of at minimum 4 for occupations that require job-specific or on-the-job training, with NOC codes C and D.
The Start-up visa program can be used by foreign entrepreneurs who intend to launch a company in Canada.
If you wish to apply for immigration through this program, you need to show that a designated organization supports your business. In all areas of the immigration pathway, the lowest CLB requirement is 5.