Language proficiency required for Canada immigration
Canada, 28th January: Immigrants wanting to come to Canada must possess minimum standards of English language proficiency.
This requirement would help weed out fraud incidents in the nation, Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney has asserted.
Minimum English language standards for reducing fraud in Canada—While highlighting the increased number of cases of fraud by aspirants wanting to come to Canada, Kenney said eastern provinces of Canada are having higher number of such incidents.
Many foreigners possessing lower standards of English language proficiency have moved to Canada through Canada immigrant investor programs. As a result, Canada immigration department-CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) had to be axed, he added.
He maintained that several immigration consultants were luring potential immigrants having huge money but without possessing English language proficiency to come to Canada through unlawful ways.
Reforms needed in Canada PNP--Canada’s PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) was in dire need of several reforms, the immigration minister stated. It had been successful in filling vacant job positions in different Canadian provinces by allowing foreigners possessing skills in demand in Canada.
But, changes were needed in PNP to make it more efficient while controlling misuse of the program.
This included compulsory requirement of having proficiency in either of the two official languages of Canada by immigrants. That’s because provinces giving lesser significance to language proficiency requirements for immigrants saw an increased number of fraud incidents in Canada.
In the recent times, Canada government had closed down immigrant investor schemes in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward following widespread allegations of lawsuits and fraud. A recent study had shown Canada PNP has increased around six times since the year 2004.
Alberta admitted nearly 7,500 immigrants through PNP in 2010.
Eliminate unscrupulous immigration consultants—Higher and strict English language proficiency requirements for immigrants wanting to come to Canada through PNP could prove helpful in better settlement for nominees. It would help not just nominees but also territories and provinces
Canada immigration department has plans to allow around 45,000 immigrants through PNP and has already provided nomination allotments to various Canadian territories and Canadian provinces.
And Canada government needs to chalk out ways in collaboration with Canadian provinces for elimination of unscrupulous immigration consultants and immigration agencies using bogus documents and promising fake offers of jobs in Canada.