English tests are now more readily available to those who wish to apply for Canadian immigration.
The two English tests recognized by IRCC) are the general IELTS training and the CELPIP. Applicants must take an exam to submit an Express Entry profile or apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or one of Canada’s other federal or provincial programs.
Immigration applicants struggled to complete their English test requirements at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has resulted in government-ordered lockdowns around the world. IELTS and CELPIP operators complied with local laws and therefore could not offer their tests to prospective immigrants at the time.
However, IELTS and CELPIP are now more readily available as governments have relaxed their lockdown restrictions in recent months.
Health and safety measures are in place at the IELTS and CELPIP test sites to protect immigration applicants and test administrators. These include regularly cleaning their sites, using masks and gloves, and maintaining social distancing measures in testing rooms.
The IELTS states on its website that its general education exams are currently available in 89 countries.
Tests are available in popular Canadian permanent residence source countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada (many permanent residents already live in Canada as former international students or foreign workers), China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam and many more.
CELPIP is now offered in the 6 countries of its operation. These countries are Canada, the United States, China, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and India.
Other CELPIP dates have become available across the United States. The United States has become an increasingly important source of immigrants to Canada in recent years.
Canada Immigration during COVID-19
The resumption of IELTS and CELPIP operations as well as the return of the draws for all programs is a welcome opportunity for more applicants to move forward with their Canadian immigration application.
At the start of the pandemic, it was difficult for many applicants to submit their completed applications or enter the Express Entry pool.
Also, some applicants may have delayed the test date or Express Entry submission due to the lack of Express Entry draws for all programs. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) typically has the highest number of successful Express Entry applicants, but between March and early July IRCC only held Express Entry draws for applicants in the Canadian experience and the PNP.
There have been two draws since July that included FSWP candidates, including a draw last week.
Therefore, it may be in the candidate’s best interest to take their English test and submit their Canadian immigration application now. This will help them avoid unnecessary delays in eventually coming to Canada if their application is successful.
If you get a Provincial Nomination through a Stream aligned with Express Entry, or if your Complete Ranking System score is high enough without a Provincial Nomination, you may be lucky enough to get an invitation to apply for permanent residence within a short period to enter the Express Entry pool.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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