Immigration candidates will now be able to book official language tests that are needed as part of their immigration application. Some test centres around the world are reopening after closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Submitting an English or French language test is a crucial step for skilled worker candidates to secure a permanent residence (PR) visa.
However, recently it has been increasingly difficult for candidates to take the required language tests due to coronavirus-related lockdowns in Canada and around the world. These measures were being taken to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
Recently, many Canadian provinces have been planning on easing the restrictions in place, and have set out to allow certain businesses to reopen.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests are now available in Alberta, British Columbia (BC) and Manitoba.
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) tests are also available in BC.
As for abroad, CELPIP is currently available in Hong Kong only.
Other testing locations around Canada are yet to reopen. However, many are planning on administering tests as soon as it is safe to do so.
Immigration candidates should know that these disruptions due to the coronavirus should not demoralize you. Candidates should still prepare their applications.
Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws are still being conducted. In addition, Canada and many provinces have announced that they will not refuse an incomplete application if a candidate provides a reasonable explanation that it is because of coronavirus-related disruptions.