Language skills can translate into big points for Express Entry candidates
It’s common knowledge that immigrants are highly proficient in English and/or French have a strong opportunity to integrate into the Canadian labor force and society.
Canadian immigration system reflects this reality with a standard language ability to obtain permanent residence and Canadian citizenship.
The Express Entry system is a case in point.
Launched in 2015 to manage a pool of candidates for three of the main skilled worker immigration program Canada, Express Login raised the bar to determine the immigration candidate most likely to succeed in the economy of the country.
Express Sign candidates assigned Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that is based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills.
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Under the CRS, candidates without a partner who has high ability in English and French in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) CRS can earn up to 290 points.
Throughout 2019, the candidate has needed CRS Express Login about 460 points to have a competitive shot at getting Invite Register (ITA) for permanent residence. This means that language skills can constitute up to 63 percent of the points needed to qualify for permanent residence.
It’s not a stretch to say that in addition to the nomination provinces (CRS extra 600 points) or an offer of employment (50 or 200 extra CRS points), acing your language test is one of the best tickets to Canada under the express Log.
More international students become immigrants because of the strong language skills
Canada now has nearly 600,000 international students with a survey showed half of them want to get a permanent residence.
International students tend to require the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 (out of 12) if they wish to apply for immigration under the federal or provincial programs, although there are many exceptions.
Several federal and provincial immigration programs have language requirements as low as CLB 4. Other programs do not have the language requirements at all (for example, for international students and those with a job offer).
However, higher levels of CLB can make a world of difference when it comes to obtaining the ITA.
Consider the hypothetical example of Nadia. He is 25 years old with a master’s degree received in Canada. He has CLB 8, with one year of skilled Canadian work experience. As he gets more CRS score of 457.
Nadia is working on his language skills, regained his English test, and improve to CLB 9. He now has scored CRS of 489 – far above what is currently needed to secure the ITA.
Given that many international students arrive in Canada with at least CLB 7 or achieve this standard to improve their language skills while studying in Canada, a significant portion of their actual qualifications for immigration.
The federal government’s Express Entry report for 2018 showed that 25 percent of the nearly 90,000 people who gained an ITA that year was former international students with a Canadian degree or diploma.
The federal government demonstrated language proficiency studies support the economic integration
High standard Canadian language skills are rooted in evidence that highlights the importance of language skills for the integration of immigrants into the labor force and the Canadian economy.
A 2015 Statistics Canada report found that language skills to get a permanent residence is one of the best predictors of immigrant earnings in the short term. This means that immigrants with greater language fluency as international ex-students are more likely to earn a higher income in their early years of Canadian immigrants with fluency weak.
Evidence such as playing a major role in shaping the federal and provincial selection criteria and weights assigned to language skills.
CLB 4 required to become a Canadian citizen
Canada considers the acquisition of citizenship as the key to the integration process. In 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) noted that 91 percent of Canada’s immigrants who had lived in the country for at least 10 years held citizenship, compared with the OECD average of 63 percent.
Since 2010, Canada has had language proficiency requirements in place for those applying for citizenship in an attempt to encourage immigrants to improve their language skills as they work towards becoming citizens.
Today, applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 must show they meet a CLB level 4 or higher.
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