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Coming into force of the mandatory use of language proficiency tests

Following government decisions that will enter into effect on August 1, 2013, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles will make changes to the immigration procedures.

For more information, consult the page New immigration procedures.

Please note that the rules currently in effect governing Intake of applications will continue to apply until July 31, 2013.

Effective December 6, 2011, all new candidates from the skilled worker subcategory who wish to obtain points in the selection grid for their knowledge of French (principal applicant: 16 points for oral and written knowledge; spouse: maximum of 6 points) and English (principal applicant only: maximum of 6 points) must enclose with their immigration application attestations of results recognized by the Ministère. Children accompanying their parents are exempt from this new requirement.

The results of the language knowledge tests recognized by the Ministère are therefore the only language knowledge evaluation tool used for immigration candidates who submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec. In addition to optimizing the Ministère’s selection practices, standardized tests ensure that the evaluation of candidates for their French and English knowledge is accurate, consistent and fair.

Candidates who do not wish to submit an attestation of results recognized by the Ministère or do not wish to use the points awarded for French written knowledge must specify this in their application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec by marking the appropriate box on the form.

For more information on this subject or to obtain a list of accredited centres for language knowledge tests recognized by the Ministère, please consult the

Permanent workers - Knowledge in French or English section.

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