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English profs not amused by Canada’s immigration pop quiz

Sara Landreth and her husband, James Brooke-Smith, teach English literature at the University of Ottawa. Both have doctorates in English literature, but Canada's immigration rules require each of them to take a $280 test proving they are fluent in the language.

Sara Landreth and her husband, James Brooke-Smith, teach English literature at the University of Ottawa. Both have doctorates in English literature, but Canada’s immigration rules require each of them to take a $280 test proving they are fluent in the language. Brigitte Bouvier for The Globe and Mail

New rules require a $280 language test, even if you hold a PhD in literature

Joe Friesen

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/english-profs-not-amused-by-canadas-immigration-pop-quiz/article1655367/

From Thursday’s Globe and Mail Published on Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010 10:30PM EDT Last updated on Thursday, Jul. 29, 2010 12:24AM EDT

Sara Landreth can only marvel at the absurdity of her situation.

She has a PhD in English literature. She has been hired to teach English literature to Canada’s budding scholars. Yet her application for immigration will not be processed unless she submits to a $280 English language test, thanks to a ministerial instruction signed by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney last month. Continue reading

IELTS may not be necessary for Canada Immigration

For Canada Immigration, the IELTS is sufficient but not necessary to establish proficiency in the English language

Warning! Note the date that is written. Laws and regulations are in a constant state of change. What follows is not offered as legal advice and the accuracy of this information is not guaranteed. If you wish to immigrate  to Canada and you do not wish to take the IELTS, you are urged to get legal advice. Continue reading