Low-skill Provincial Nominee Program Applicants to Face Language Requirements

Low-skilled applicants for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will be required to pass language tests to immigrate to Canada according to an announcement by the Immigration Ministry on Wednesday in Saskatoon.

Until now, provinces have been relatively free to determine their own criteria for nominating foreigners for immigration to Canada, but Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said this has allowed a large number of people without sufficient English or French language proficiency to immigrate to Canada.

He stated that there is a “correlation” between lack of language skills and immigration fraud, and that language testing for PNP applicants are being made mandatory as part of an effort to reduce fraud.


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