The Effect of COVID-19 To Canadian Immigration System
The Canadian immigration received a blow from the effect of COVID-19 limiting applicants from completing language tests. However, Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, and several immigration systems remained operational during the epidemic. Many affected had incomplete tests and had to wait longer on both CELPIP and IELTS general tests.
In the recent few weeks, Canada has eased limitations in movement and the lockdown in general. The provinces as well have acted upon reopening areas and get activities up and running within a few days. The same applies to resume immigration activities that will, in turn, continue on language testing of applicants.
IELTS and CELPIP Tests Becoming Readily Available
Candidates who wish to apply for Canadian immigration visas can now smile as going through IELTS, or CELPIP tests can now be readily available. Some provinces have already eased restrictions making more language testing centres to open. For instance, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Alberta provinces already offer IELTS tests. CELPIP, on the other hand, is already available in British Columbia and Hong Kong for those applying from China.
Ontario is yet to reopen while Labrador, Newfoundland, and Alberta are also preparing to begin offering CELPIP tests in the coming few weeks. As an international testing method, IELTS has expanded to 29 countries allowing more people to apply. Besides, the IRCC announced that any immigration application disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak will remain eligible.