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 (“Fair Access To Regulated Professions Act”)
July 26, 2010
Barrister and Solicitor
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.”
When it comes to immigrating to Canada, for foreign trained professionals, there has been both good news and bad news. Continue reading
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
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