Four Canadian immigration programs now accept copies of language test results instead of originals.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now clarified that it will accept copies of the language tests for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), Agri-Food Pilot Program (AFP), the Rural Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP), and the Starter Visa Program.
Immigrant applicants who apply for Canadian immigration must meet the requirements of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) specific to each program. There are 12 levels in each skill: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
AIPP – Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
The AIP is a fast-track immigration program for foreigners with job offers in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Canadian employers who hire immigrants through this program may ignore the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement. Once the foreign national has accepted the job offer, the employer connects them with a designated settlement service provider organization.
If the employer needs a foreign worker in a hurry, they can get a temporary work permit so that the future immigrant can come to Canada as quickly as possible. To obtain the work permit, the foreigner must undertake to apply for Canadian permanent residence within 90 days of applying for a temporary work permit.
Among other requirements, applicants need a CLB of at least 4 to immigrate under this program.
Agri-food Immigration program
AFP is intended for foreigners who work in certain professions in the Canadian agri-food sector.
Eligible applicants have full-time employment opportunities for a period of 12 months in meat processing, harvesting, greenhouse production, and agricultural supervisor positions, among others. AFP applicants need a CLB of at least 4, among other eligibility requirements.
Rural Northern Immigration Program (RNIP)
The RNIP is aimed at foreigners who wish to settle in one of the participating communities across Canada.
So far, nine of the participating communities are accepting nominations. Each municipality has its own entry requirements, but applicants must first meet federal government standards.
On the federal government side, the language requirements for RNIP programs depend on the job offer. People who must work in jobs with a National Occupational Classification (NOC) code of 0 or A need at least a CLB of 6. These are management and professional occupations that require a university degree.
For NOC B professions, which are technical professions, applicants must have a BEC of at least 5. And for occupations that require job-specific or on-the-job training, with CNP codes C and D, applicants must have a CLB of at least 4.
Start-up Visa Program
Foreign entrepreneurs who wish to start a business in Canada can go through the Startup Visa Program.
In order to be considered for immigration under this program, applicants must prove that their business is supported by a designated organization through a venture capital fund or group of angel investors, among other requirements.
The minimum language requirement is a CLB 5 in all areas.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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