English proficiency testing centres reopening
English language tests through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) will restart as lockdown restrictions begin to loosen across the country.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued on June 11 invitations to apply for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry system.
Canada’s Express Entry system manages the profiles of candidates for three of Canada’s main economic class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.
When new immigrants apply for Canadian permanent residence, they need a score to apply through express entry system or Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
These scores are calculated under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and the candidates need to pass their English proficiency tests from either IELTS or CELPIP to gain permanent residency status.
Many candidates have been waiting for the reopening of IELTS test centres.
Starting June 15, IELTS centres are open for testing in 72 countries and the CELPIP test available in six countries including Canada.
“The IELTS and CELPIP test is important to apply for Canada’s permanent residence because half of the scores for Express entry and PNP, a candidate got after clearing the IELTS,” said Manu Dutta, the managing director of ICC Immigration Inc. in Mississauga.
Dutta said immigrants who complete their studies in Canada need one-year full-time work experience to apply for Canada’s permanent residence.
“There were many immigrants who complete their requirements during the pandemic, and many candidates were waiting for the IELTS exam,” Dutta said.
IELTS testing centres will be following COVID-19 health guidelines from the World Health Organization to protect the health of their test takers.
Participants, staff and candidates who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to attend the IELTS test.
The following infographic outlines the COVID-19 guidelines being put in place at IELTS testing centres.