Canadian Citizenship Applicants Must Meet New Language Requirements

According to the office of the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, as of November 1st, 2012, new applicants for Canadian citizenship will have to prove that they have proficient language abilities when they apply for their citizenship. 

As of right now, Canadian citizenship applicants must pass a written test that proves their language ability. If they were to fail this test, they need to pass an oral interview with a Canadian citizenship judge. Citizenship and Immigration officials also confirm some of the application details with the applicants, which tests their verbal language ability. If they don’t seem to understand, a citizenship judge will take over.

What are the new requirements for Canadian citizenship applications?

On November 1st, Canadian citizenship applicants will have to prove that they meet Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 for speaking and listening in one of the official languages. They must have physical evidence to prove this, which could include:

Evidence of participating in government funded language programs
Evidence of completing education (secondary or post-secondary) in an official language
Evidence they’ve passed a language test conducted by a third-party approved by Citizenship and Immigration canada.

These new language requirements will affect Canadian citizenship applicants who are between the ages of 18 and 54. If any applications that are filed after November 1st, 2012, do not include evidence of passing a language test or third-party evidence that indicates language ability, the applications will be returned.

Do you need assistance with your Canadian citizenship application? We can help you. Canadian citizenship is a huge step for anyone in Canada. Don’t let it be affected by difficult language testing – we understand that many people become nervous in testing situations and should not be judged on a single test! Contact us for assistance.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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