Language test guidance for Canada’s new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs
April 25, 2021
Applications for the new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs will open for the programs on May 6. To qualify, candidates must have a language proficiency of benchmark 5 for international graduates and benchmark 4 for temporary workers.
Updated April 28, 2021 …
CELPIP has added new test dates in response to high demand following the Canadian government’s announcement of the new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs for workers and students in Canada. The English language test provider released details of the new test dates on its Twitter page on April 26 at about 8:18 p.m. EST.
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The new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs have created a massive surge in demand for language tests, as candidates look to gather their supporting documents. Candidates need to take a General test provided by either IELTS or CELPIP. Both IELTS and CELPIP saw their websites crash after the programs were announced as candidates rushed to complete their language tests in the coming weeks so they can be among the 90,000 applicants for the programs.
Testing organizations were already running at lower capacity due to COVID-19. Both IELTS and CELPIP websites have since been restored and have undertaken to expand operations in the coming weeks to meet the new demand for language proficiency.
IRCC says that candidates for the new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs can use language test results up to two years old to support their applications. This should help to alleviate potential pressure on testing organizations and facilities.
As well language test results can be submitted to IRCC by email or through the testing organization’s online portal.
2021 temporary permanent resident programs
The new 2021 temporary permanent resident programs are available to essential temporary foreign workers in 40 healthcare occupations and 95 other essential occupations. They are also available to recent international graduates. Applicants must be residing in Canada in any province or territory except for Quebec (the programs are not available to those living in Quebec).
IRCC will keep accepting applications for the new programs until Nov. 5 or until the maximum number of applications is reached.
20,000 applications for temporary workers in healthcare;
30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations, and;
40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution.
IRCC will also accept an unlimited number of applications from candidates who speak French.