Proficiency in English or French opens many doors for immigrants to Canada

posted on November 29, 2019

By CIC News |

It’s common knowledge that immigrants who are highly proficient in English and/or French have stronger odds of integrating into Canada’s labour force and society.

Canada’s immigration system reflects this reality with language proficiency standards for obtaining permanent residence and Canadian citizenship.

The Express Entry system is a case in point.

Launched in 2015 to manage the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main skilled worker immigration programs, Express Entry raised the bar for determining which immigration candidates were most likely to succeed in the country’s economy.

Express Entry candidates are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score that is based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills.

Under the CRS, a candidate without a spouse who has a high proficiency in both English and French in all four language abilities (reading, writing, speaking and listening) can earn up to 290 CRS points.

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