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Important Steps in the Language Assessment Process

Eligibility

Generally, newcomers to Canada are eligible for language assessments at no cost. Eligibility must be verified when scheduling an appointment.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Age:

  • Adults, 18 years of age or older or, if younger, with proof of high school completion from the country of origin.

2. Status in Canada

  • Canadian Citizen (born outside Canada who doesn’t speak English as a first language)
  • Permanent Resident
  • Convention Refugee/Protected Person
  • Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada, and who have been informed by a letter from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment
  • Refugee Claimant
  • Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence
  • Foreign Domestic Worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program
  • Provincial Nominee (or Dependant) approved through Opportunities Ontario
  • Temporary Foreign Worker (or Dependant) approved through Canadian Experience Class

Identification

Original documents indicating immigration status in Canada, and photo identification must be presented at the time of assessment.

Identification Documents:

Status in Canada

  • Documentation (original or certified copy must be presented)

Canadian Citizen born outside of Canada

  • Canadian Passport
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (Citizenship card)

Permanent Resident

  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Permanent Resident Visa – Passport Sticker

Convention Refugee/Protected Person

Convention Refugees:

  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000) Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509)
  • Letter of Notice of Decision from the IRB confirming that the client has been determined to be a Convention Refugee.

Protected Persons:

  • Letters issued by CIC indicating that an client’s application for protection has been allowed (successful Pre-Removal Risk Assessment PRRA).
  • Protected Persons Status Document (IMM5520) Urgent Protection cases sometimes enter Canada on a temporary resident permit called a "Permit to come into or Remain in Canada (IMM 1263)." The permit will have the words “Protected temporary residents class” written on it.

Persons in Canada whose applications for Permanent Resident status are being processed in Canada and who have been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of their application subject to an admissibility assessment.

  • Approved in Principle letter (pending verifications)
  • Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.

Refugee Claimant

  • Refugee Protection Claimant Document

Temporary Worker or Student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. This includes Temporary Foreign Workers or their Dependant who have been approved through the Canadian Experience Class.

  • Work or Study Permits that include a notation indicating initial approval of a concurrent Application for Permanent Residence. The Work or Study Permit must have words like “Initial Approval of PR” written on it.

Foreign domestic worker admitted under the Live-In Caregiver program.

  • Live-In Caregiver Work Permit (Case Type 20 for Nannies and Live-in Caregivers) issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. An expired Live In Caregiver permit, which has been converted to an Open Work Permit is acceptable.

Provincial Nominees, or their dependants, are individuals who apply to CIC to fast-track their PR status after successful nomination by Ontario employers via PNP; may also apply for temporary work permit while awaiting PR status.

  • PNP Certificate
  • Letter of Nomination
  • Nominee Work Permit Request Letter
  • PhD International Masters or PhD Graduate Stream Letter of Nomination or Certificate

Assessment

Certified assessors conduct the assessments by appointment only. The assessment process can take 3 hours or more.

Referral

Upon assessment completion, clients are provided with information on the range of training options available in their local communities, and are referred to appropriate language training classes of their choice.

Gathering Information

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) helps immigrants, including refugees, to settle in Canada. To do this, CIC funds organizations across the country to provide newcomers with services such as language training. To make sure newcomers get the right services, CIC requires that the CLARS Language Assessment Centre collect personal information from you under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and all information collected is protected under the federal government’s Privacy Act.

Click here to learn more about “Gathering Information”.

Employment Ontario
Toronto Employment & Social Services
Government of Saskatchewan
Service Canada
Region of Peel
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Employment Ontario
Toronto Employment & Social Services
Government of Saskatchewan
Service Canada
Region of Peel
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada