Canada’s excellent living, diversified culture, and robust economy make it an attractive place for immigrants. The ability to demonstrate English or French language competency through examinations like the IELTS is one of the prerequisites for admission to Canada.
Yet, for certain applicants, language assessments may serve as a deterrent to immigration. This blog post will explore the possibility of getting a Canadian visa without taking the IELTS.
Why Immigrate Without an IELTS Score?
Candidates who cannot take the language exam due to various factors, such as disability or restricted access to testing locations, may still be able to immigrate to Canada. Candidates who are fluent in either English or French but want to avoid taking the language test for various reasons may also choose this alternative.
IELTS is not a requirement for immigration to Canada. However, applicants must still achieve the following standards:
Possess a degree in either French or English: The language test is not required of applicants who completed their degree at an English- or French-speaking institution. But, language training programs are not covered by this exemption.
Have at least one year of experience in an English- or French-speaking skilled employment: The language test is optional of applicants who have worked in a skilled occupation for at least a year, whether in Canada or overseas. The job must require a certain level of linguistic proficiency and be included in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Have completed an English or French language program at an accredited institution: Applicants who have finished an accredited English or French language program are exempt from taking the language exam. The course has to be completed within the previous two years and last at least eight months.
Have a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is willing to sponsor them for immigration: Applicants are excluded from the language exam if they have a family member who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is willing to do so.
The only scenario in which moving to Canada is possible without taking the IELTS test is if you are doing so temporarily, such as through a visitor or work visa. As a permanent resident, you must speak English well enough to interact with coworkers, neighbours, your doctor, and others.
How to Apply for a Visa Without IELTS
Without IELTS, determine if you qualify for immigration: Check if you meet the requirements listed above to see if you are excused from the language exam.
Create your Express Entry profile and submit it: IELTS can be substituted with another exam to qualify for Fast Entry. You can construct and submit an Express Entry profile and provide evidence of your language proficiency by taking the CELPIP or PTE (approved in the latter part of 2023) exams. The profile will analyse your eligibility for permanent residency based on variables such as age, education, work experience, and language skills.
Await an Invitation to Apply (ITA): If your profile is qualified, you will be sent an ITA to apply for permanent residence. The ITA will specify the application submission deadline.
Submit your permanent resident application: You can submit your application for permanent residency as soon as you get the ITA. Provide all necessary information and documentation, including evidence of your qualification for the language test exemption.
The Advantages of Immigration Without IELTS
The following advantages can come from moving to Canada without having IELTS:
Keeping away from the hassle and expense of the language test: It can be difficult and expensive to study for and take language exams, especially for candidates who have trouble getting to testing facilities.
Quicker immigration procedure because language test results can cause delays: The receiving of language test results can take weeks or even months, slowing the immigration procedure.
For candidates who are fluent in either French or English but don’t wish to take the test, there is more latitude: Although some applicants may be fluent in either English or French, they may choose not to take the language test for a variety of reasons, including nervousness or personal convictions.
- The main requirement for Canadian Immigration
- Fluent in English/French exempt
- Skilled occupation experience
- Alternative tests accepted
- Visitor/sponsor visa option