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Prove Your English or French Language Ability, New Proposal of CIC to Canada Citizenship Applicants

Monday, October 17, 2011

How's your English? Comment est votre français?

Are you dreaming of becoming a Canadian citizen someday? It is best to start becoming fluent or at least be conversant in either French or English.

Applicants for citizenship are required to communicate in either of Canada's official languages. Makes sense because how can you adjust well in working or living in Canada if you couldn't understand the people around you or be understood in return?

There is a new proposal from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) tha aims to change the way citizenship applicants prove their language ability.

How's your English? Comment est votre français?
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CIC currently uses the citizenship knowledge test as well as the applicant’s interaction with CIC staff to assess language ability. If it appears an applicant does not meet language requirements, they are invited for an interview with a citizenship judge. There can be a significant time delay between the submission of the application and the subsequent hearing for language.

The proposed new rule that applicants must provide objective evidence that they meet the language requirement when they file their application would give citizenship judges better evidence on which to base their decision. CIC would also be able to return applications of those who do not provide evidence they meet the requirements more quickly, thus improving application processing.

[... Applicants would be able to demonstrate language ability by submitting a variety of evidence, including:

the results of a third party test; evidence of completion of secondary or post-secondary education in English or French; or evidence of achieving CLB/NCLC 4 in certain government funded language training programs.]

Read more about it here.

Thankfully, the proposal does not mention increasing the language level required or increasing the number of tests or evaluation.

This proposal is already published in the Canada Gazzete. The Notice of Intent, requesting comments from the public on the proposed change, will be posted for 30 days.

Language fluency on either English or French do not only help CIC to evaluate citizenship applicants. The applicants themselves will greatly benefit in doing so.

Pardon my french but Que pensez-vous?

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rosalyne carter said...

Your blog about French language is really informative . French learner can improve their language skill by taking Language course, learning French grammar and Vocabulary books , dictionary etc and in this way they can improve wonderful French language .

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