On April 22, 2021, the federal government of Canada has announced the language requirement for the new temporary pathway to Canadian permanent residence.
Recently, IRCC had announced 6 new immigration streams under a new pathway to Canada PR route that goes through the temporary route.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC], as part of the eligibility criteria for the recently announced temporary pathway to permanent residence, the applicants must have received a language level proficiency of at least –
· A benchmark 5 for international students that had graduated from a Canadian institution, or
· A benchmark 4 for essential workers.
The language benchmarks are as per the Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB] for English, and the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens [NCLC] for the French language.
3 of the newly-announced streams will be open for applications beginning May 6, 2021.
Up to 90,000 newcomers are to be admitted into Canada through these 3 streams.
Another 3 streams have also been announced by IRCC. Nevertheless, there is no cap on the total number of Canadian permanent residents that can be admitted through the other 3 streams that are specifically for French-speaking candidates.
IRCC admits that it is “aware that third-party language testing organizations had to reduce testing capacity” towards meeting the restrictions and health guidelines in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, IRCC goes on to say that “extra testing sessions” were now being added for meeting the increase in demand for the same.
|An applicant can make use of a previous language test from any of the designated organizations, provided the result is not more than 2 years old at the time of the application submission.|
Agencies approved for taking third-part language tests for Canada immigration applications
|For English||Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program [CELPIP] [General test]||Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc.|
|International English Language Testing System [IELTS] [General test]||· The British Council|
· Cambridge Assessment English
· IDP Australia
|For French||Test d’évaluation de français [TEF Canada]||Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry|
|Test de connaissance du français [TCF Canada]|
France Education International [FEI]
IRCC will be accepting language test results received by the applicants either –  through email, or  from the testing organisation’s official online portal.
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