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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

Canada – Foreign Trained Professionals and FARPA

Canada – Foreign Trained Professionals and FARPA (“Fair Access To Regulated Professions Act”)

July 26, 2010

John Richardson

Barrister and Solicitor

Toronto, Canada

Admitted to the bars of Ontario, New York and Massachusetts

“It’s a story that replays for thousands of new arrivals each year: a skilled immigrant arrives in Canada with high hopes. He or she is an engineer, a teacher, a lawyer, a financial planner, a business executive, a [insert profession here]. With no luck finding relevant work in Canada, he or she realizes going back to school, retraining and even getting re-licensed may be the first steps necessary before he or she can even dream of getting a job in his or her area of expertise.”

Canadian Immigrant Magazine

When it comes to immigrating to Canada, for foreign trained professionals, there has been both good news and bad news. Continue reading

All immigrants face mandatory language test

July 20, 2010
Nicholas Keung

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/838085–all-immigrants-face-mandatory-language-test

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Dodi Robbins, a Harvard-educated corporate lawyer whose first language is English, says she is insulted at having to take Immigration Canada’s language test in order to prove she speaks English well enough to settle here. She has been working as a lawyer in Toronto on a work permit since 2006.

RENE JOHNSTON/TORONTO STAR

Born and raised in New York, Dodi Robbins graduated from Harvard University and has been practising law for 13 years. Continue reading