Modifications to immigration rules and procedures entered into effect on April 1, 2014.
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:
Evaluation of French knowledge
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:
These tests evaluate oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral production and written production. Points on the selection grid are awarded according to the results indicated on the attestations of standardized test results or, if applicable, on the reverse side of the DELF or DALF diploma. Only supporting documentation issued by organizations that offer these tests (Centre international d’études pédagogiques, Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris-Île de France) are recognized by the Ministère. The results must date from less than two years from the date of submission of the application.
The current list of TEF, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, 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: