Eligible candidates that are aspiring to secure the immigration visa to Canada will soon be able to book official language tests more easily as the Covid-19 ban ease in Canada and also across the world

May 17, 2020

Talented and professional candidates applying under the federal skilled worker visa category for immigration to Canada

Completing an English language test or a French language test with valid scores that are officially accepted and recognized by the Government of Canada is mandatory for all the candidates that are applying under the skilled worker category for securing the permanent residence (PR) visa to immigrate to Canada.

Moreover, obtaining a high band score in these language tests has always been recognized as the best ways of increasing your overall chances of successfully getting the permanent residence visa for immigration to Canada.

The four language tests accepted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are as follows:

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program
  • IELTS General Training Test: International English Language Testing System
  • TEF Canada: Test d’evaluation de francais
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du francais

Most immigration applicants should necessarily know spoken English and therefore, they choose either to take the IELTS General Training and CELPIP Test.

Candidates with knowledge of both English as well as French language and who want to secure additional points (for instance, under the Express Entry System) can also choose to take tests acceptable by the IRCC for both the languages.

Express Entry Program, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and also all other Canada’s immigration system continue to process applications and operate internal procedures also during the coronavirus pandemic, and in recent times, there took place numerous Express Entry as well as PNP draws that have taken place.

However, the Covid-19 situation has resulted into lockdown across Canada and also all around the world, which has made it really difficult for the aspiring and potential immigrants to take their language tests, which mainly includes IELTS General Training and CELPIP tests in the recent times.

The official language test providers are required to adhere with the local laws and regulations, which they should comply with in order to ensure the health and safety of the potential candidates for immigration to Canada along with their employees.

More CELPIP and IELTS exam centers becoming operational, as lockdown eases

In the past weeks, all the provinces across Canada have been announcing plans to lift the lockdown and the restrictions associated with the same. For example, the largest province of Canada, Ontario, has already announced their plans to further increase the total number of businesses that can become operational in the coming days.

Language test providers, therefore, are simultaneously preparing to make their language proficiency tests readily available.

In Canada, IELTS test dates are readily available for booking in provinces such as, Alberta, British Columbia (BC) and Manitoba.

CELPIP test is also available currently in British Columbia (BC). The company which administers the CELPIP test and known as the Paragon Testing Enterprises has anticipated that it will be operational to deliver tests in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Alberta in the coming week’s time.

Outside Canada, the CELPIP test is available only in Hong Kong.

We monitor the situation closely with respect to the Covid-19 on a daily basis and will make more locations available across Canada and also outside the country for delivering the CELPIP test as early we would find it to be safe and secure for everyone”, Michelle Avelena from the paragon testing Enterprises was found to report to a local newspaper.

The IELTS test, on the other hand, is currently available for booking in total 29 countries across the globe. These mainly include important source countries that produce immigrants for Canada, and include Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Vietnam and Nigeria. IELTS has also set temporary test dates in more countries in the months that will follow.

Monica Aguirre from IDP IELTS Canada explained further to the media as more number of places are starting to get open up, the IDP will assess the situation while also following the local measures and regulations to make sure that the test providers are completely complying with the health authorities. IDP is one of the three, most important co-owners of the IELTS examination, along with the Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council.

Both Aguirre and Avelena acknowledges that extra health related precautions should be in place at the IELTS and CELPIP test centers to protect the health and safety of the candidates, test center personnel and their won employees.

Canadian government accepting applications for immigration

Meanwhile, Covid-19 related disturbances should not dishearten potential and skilled candidates for immigration to Canada from moving ahead and completing their applications and preparing for the subsequent action.

Candidates can also plan to make use of the opportunity to invest more time towards preparing for their IELST and CELPIP test and thus, improve their overall chances of realizing their immigration goals.

Finally, along with many provinces, the IRCC has also stated that under provision of valid explanation from the applicant, they will not reject any application in situations where the application held incomplete because of the Covid-19 pandemic interruptions.

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