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Old 03-08-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Canada does just that. Before a Immigration applicant is approved, they have to take a International test of their ability to Speak, Read, Write and Understand EITHER English or French, at a high school level of ability. They pay to take the test, in their own country, and the results are a part of their Immigration application package, which is sent to the Canadian Embassy, in their own country, for investigation. The only exceptions are for countries where English or French is the langauge of education, such as Great Britain, the USA, or Australia, or France.

We also have a on line testing system website , that allows potential applicants to assess their chances of being appoved, based on their years of education, past work experience, financial stability, medical health, and having a 100 percent clean criminal record. The minimum score is 67 points, and any applicant who scores lower is automatically denied. Obviously, the higher scores are more likely to be approved for a Visa, or Permanent Resident card.

A further way of selecting applicants is through the + In Demand Jobs List + that comprises 30 employment descriptions that we are specifically trying to fill, here in Canada. By doing this we attract applicants who have the exact skills and education that we need ....right now. Those who have those skills are fast tracked by our Immigration system, for immediate consideration.

At this time the In Demand Jobs List is located here. READ THIS.

News Release — New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today

All of this is in place to make sure that Canada gets the well educuated and skilled people that we need to expand our economy, and to select those who are going to fit in and begin contributing to our country, right away.

BTW, Canada and Ireland have a joint agreement that has seen about 500 young adults, from Ireland, coming to Canada to work, each month , for the last three years. They are all University graduates, mostly with an education in oil and gas engineering, mining, and communications technology. They are landing in the western Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, but some are here in Toronto, where I live.

Jim B

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Old 03-08-2013, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Many people believe that American would be much more open to the massive amount of immigration if more recent immigrants spoke English.

I am just shocked at the number of immigrants I meet who hardly know a word of English but are legal residents or Green Card Holders.

I read somewhere there are over a billion people overseas who speak English fluently. Don't you think that people who speak English fluently should be the only ones who are allowed to come to America legally? They could hit the ground running and would be able to contribute faster to our economy vs someone who does not speak English.

Yes, I know English isn't our official legal language in the United States, but it is the language of our schools and commerce and people would do much better economically if they spoke English before coming to America. And our country would do better using the skills of people who immigrated here that already knew English. What am I missing?
I don't think there is any doubt about it: of course they should give preferance: Do they have to speak English fluently? no, but they should have a working knowledge of the language..enough to be able to carry on a conversation, shop, apply for a job, etc.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Canada does just that. Before a Immigration applicant is approved, they have to take a International test of their ability to Speak, Read, Write and Understand EITHER English or French, at a high school level of ability. They pay to take the test, in their own country, and the results are a part of their Immigration application package, which is sent to the Canadian Embassy, in their own country, for investigation. The only exceptions are for countries where English or French is the langauge of education, such as Great Britain, the USA, or Australia, or France.

We also have a on line testing system website , that allows potential applicants to assess their chances of being appoved, based on their years of education, past work experience, financial stability, medical health, and having a 100 percent clean criminal record. The minimum score is 67 points, and any applicant who scores lower is automatically denied. Obviously, the higher scores are more likely to be approved for a Visa, or Permanent Resident card.

A further way of selecting applicants is through the + In Demand Jobs List + that comprises 30 employment descriptions that we are specifically trying to fill, here in Canada. By doing this we attract applicants who have the exact skills and education that we need ....right now. Those who have those skills are fast tracked by our Immigration system, for immediate consideration.

At this time the In Demand Jobs List is located here. READ THIS.

News Release — New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today

All of this is in place to make sure that Canada gets the well educuated and skilled people that we need to expand our economy, and to select those who are going to fit in and begin contributing to our country, right away.

BTW, Canada and Ireland have a joint agreement that has seen about 500 young adults, from Ireland, coming to Canada to work, each month , for the last three years. They are all University graduates, mostly with an education in oil and gas engineering, mining, and communications technology. They are landing in the western Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, but some are here in Toronto, where I live.

Jim B

Toronto.
It would be better for Canada if they applied standards to Family Class applicants too. One of the big problems they have in Canada is low educated family class immigrants mostly from places like Jamaica that are flooding in and driving up the violent crime rate. I saw on TV that Toronto is starting to become a very dangerous city and people are being murdered at record rates there.
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