Canada is a highly reckoned and most liveable country with the largest number of people migrating to the destination in the world to study or work and live according to the high standards and culture with the multicultural communities there. When you think about moving to Canada and get a permanent residency(PR) through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), one needs to clear the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination to consider an applicant eligible for immigration to the country. One can opt for the two choices of test i.e. IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training test. The score is on a scale from 1–9 in four skills: Listening(Duration: 30 minutes), Reading(40 questions in 60 minutes), Writing(Duration: 60 minutes) and Speaking(Duration: 11-14 minutes). The IELTS exam is conducted in either Paper-based IELTS or Computer-delivered IELTS.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements?
A: To get permanent residency(PR), one needs to ensure that he/she can communicate well and have English proficiency. For this, you need to provide proof of your language skills which is through the IELTS. Apart from language proficiency, other criteria for assessment are your education, work experience and age. The score of the exam may depend on the company or profession you plan to study or work and the type of visa you are applying for. The minimum eligibility requirements for a Canadian permanent resident(PR) visa are:
- Good band score in the IELTS exam.
- A minimum of 67 points out of 100 points.
- The occupation one chooses to be listed in Canada's demand list.
- Should have or maintain the required funds in the account.
- Need to produce papers like Valid Passport and DOB copy, employment or work offer and work experience, Education certificate and mark sheet, Language proficiency(IELTS), Medicals & Police Clearance Certificate, etc.
Q: What are the score requirements of IELTS?
A: The score requirements of IELTS may differ for each category or requirements set by the organization that one chooses to work or study, i.e. a nurse needs a minimum overall score of 6.5 and 7.0 for Speaking whereas a lawyer requires a minimum score of 7.0 in each section. The base or common IELTS score required for Canada permanent residency(PR) is 6 bands or Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7. The results have the validity of 2 years.
Q: How do I proceed with this?
A: To prepare for the IELTS exam, One can join any reputed learning program but the best is self-preparation through different platforms available i.e. online and offline mode. After clearing the IELTS exam with the minimum required band or CBL, one can apply for under Express Entry program wherein the individual and their family members can apply for permanent residents of Canada in a few months or 6 months. There are 3 types of express entry program:
a)Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
b)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
c)Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The procedure to follow is: Check for eligibility, Get documents ready, Submit Express Profile and Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA) and apply for Canada Permanent Residence(PR). The minimum points cutoff in 2018 December for Canada PR was around 439.
Q: Is there any government agency that can help in this matter or one has to approach private agents in this process?
A: Many agencies help you through the PR process and also help you clear the IELTS exam. Some of them are given below:
i) AP Immigration Pvt. Ltd. - 701 & 722 A, 89 Hemkunt Chamber, Nehru Place, New Delhi 110019
Phone: 011-46780007/49423459 and 9899146637 -[Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 06:00PM]
ii) Nationwide Immigration Services - 1112A, B Wing Kanakia Wall Street, Near Western Express Way Metro Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400093
Phone: +91-9292929281 -[Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 06:00PM]
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
iii) One-click Visas - 603, 6th Floor, Wave Silver Tower, Near Noida Sector - 18 Metro Station, Noida, UP-201301
Phone: 0844-844-1085 ; +91 9821533309 -[Monday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 06:30PM]
iv) IDP India - Coastal Chambers, Opp Mercy estate Hotel M G Road, Cochin
Phone: +91 484 4411888, 04 84 4211888 ; 1800 102 2233 (9am – 7pm)
v) Kansas Overseas Careers - 5th Floor, The Belvedere, 6-3-891/892, Somajiguda, Raj Bhavan Road, Above HDFC Bank, Hyderabad - 500082.
Phone: +91 7680883412 / 1800-102-0109
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