Immigrants making an application for entering Canada have to get prepared with a better knowledge of any of the two Official languages of Canada that is English or French.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made an announcement that the year 2013, is going to be a period when applications made under various categories will have to have a high level of proficiency of either English or French.
The impact of the announcement
The announcement would affect various application categories like “The Federal Skilled Worker Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Program and even the Canadian Experience Class”.
Validity of Assessments
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) is the standard against which the proficiency of an applicant in any of the two official languages of the country is being assessed.
The standards assess all he four aspects of a language that is, speaking, reading, writing and listening.
Agencies approved for Assessment
CLB validates the assessment coming from International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
For French, the approved agency is test devaluation de Francis (TEF).
CLB awards levels from 1 to 12. An applicant scoring anywhere between 1 to 4 falls under the category of “Basic proficiency level”, an applicant scoring somewhere between 5-8 would be placed under the category of “Intermediate level” and those scoring 9-12 would be placed under the highest category of “Advanced” level.
An applicant will be required to hold a proficiency in any of the two languages, however, someone knowing the second official language will receive more points when their applications are being assessed.
Benefits of language proficiency
An applicant holding a sound score in “language proficiency” will have better opportunities than the others. The salary offered would be better; they will hold a better position and also will find it easier than before to integrate with the society.
Year 2013 will be the time when applicants will have to focus more on “language proficiency” along with other areas. The seriousness has to be more, after the announcement coming from Immigration Department.
The Department has realized the significance of the role of language proficiency in the lives of immigrants. Hence, the new rules are made so that immigrants can settle down faster and lead a better life than they did ever before.