Following decisions by the government and the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities effective August 1, 2013, some modifications have been made to immigration rules and procedures.
Preparing your application
Carefully prepare your application in order to speed up processing time. If it is complete and admissible, its assessment will be made easier. To the contrary, if the application is incomplete, it will be returned to you by regular mail without being processed. From now on, this rule will be strictly applied.
A complete application includes legible required documentation, duly completed and signed:
Knowledge of French and English
Candidates in the skilled worker subclass (principal applicants and spouses) who wish to obtain points for their French knowledge (principal applicant: maximum of 16 points, including 14 points for oral and 2 points for written; spouse: maximum of 6 points for oral) must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of a French evaluation test issued by one of the two organizations recognized by the Ministère, specifically:
The first two tests (TEFAQ and TCF-Québec) only evaluate oral comprehension and production. Only candidates who wish to have points awarded for oral results (comprehension and production) may present these tests. Tests evaluating written comprehension and written production should be integrated with these two tests in 2014. In the meantime, candidates who wish to obtain points for the four categories of language knowledge (oral comprehension, oral production, written comprehension and written production) must register for the TFC or FEF. If these tests are not available, they can register for the DELF or DALF.
The current list of TEF, TEFAQ, TCF, TCFQ, DELF and DALF accredited centres can be consulted on the the Internet sites of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris Île-de-France and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (Centres d'examen DELF - DALF and Centres de passation du TCF pour le Québec).
To prove your language knowledge, you must provide the results of a standardized test, even if French or English is your mother tongue.
Evaluation of English knowledge
Candidates in the skilled worker subclass (principal applicants only) who wish to obtain points for their English knowledge must demonstrate this knowledge by enclosing with their immigration application the results of an English evaluation test recognized by the Ministère, namely the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
An up-to-date list of centres certified by the IELTS is available on the International English Language Testing System Internet site.
Receipt of the application
The Ministère checks if you can file an application for a selection certificate in accordance with the rules in effect, and if all the required documents are included in your application.
An acknowledgment of receipt is sent to you to confirm receipt of your application and, where applicable, to indicate that your application will be prioritized for processing. Your file will be returned to you if your application is deemed inadmissible or if your file is incomplete.
Review of the application
Your application is reviewed in accordance with the regulation in effect.
One of three decisions is made once your application has been reviewed: