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Subject: IELTS requirement
  I am from India and have applied for Canadian Immigration in September 2007. I have a English medium education from my childhood to till now. I have sent all the required documents to prove my English Proficiency. I have been in United Stated from the past 4 years and completed my master´s degree in U.S. Even then, I have received a letter from Canadian Immigration that I need to take English Proficiency test. Why did they ask for that?
I got 25 points for education, moderate language proficiency 8 points, work experience 21 points, age 10 points, partner qualification 5 points, so a TOTAL of 69 points.
I would like to know is it essential to take the IELTS test or can I ask them to process the application without IELTS test scores? Please advice as soon as possible... Thanks

[24-11-2007,16:10]
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Raj
(in reply to: IELTS requirement)
how do you know you got 8 points for language?

they have every right to ask for IELTS - if you don´t take it, you must accept the points assigned to you without dispute. It may mean the difference between being approved or being denied.

CIC is giving you the opportunity to prove your proficiency beyond any doubt - why would you not take it?


[24-11-2007,16:39]
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Sharon
in reply to: IELTS requirement (in reply to: IELTS requirement)
In the self assessment, instead of high language proficiency (16 points), I checked moderate language proficiency, so 8 points for that instead of 16 points. The only difficult is that I live in Mississippi and I need to go to Dallas to take the test which almost costs another 500 - 600 dollars including the test fee.
[24-11-2007,18:13]
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Raj
(in reply to: IELTS requirement)
what is your tolerance for risk?

are you prepared to be turned down for Canadian residency, and start all over again if you do not satisfy CIC that you will be a good candidate to settle in Canada or do you want to spend that $5-600 and prove your merits. Inconvenience is not part of CIC´s considerations. If your score was well into the 70´s, the question would not likely have been asked - so they are asking for a reason. That might serve as a very big clue that you application is on shaky ground.

It is your life and future so nobody here can advise you one way or the other and what we think is fair or reasonable counts for nothing.




[24-11-2007,18:42]
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Sharon
in reply to: IELTS requirement (in reply to: IELTS requirement)
You are right, for the sake of inconvenience we should not take risk. Thanks so much for your sincere advise. I will definitely follow and take the test.
[24-11-2007,19:12]
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Raj
(in reply to: IELTS requirement)
Sharon,

I completely agree with you. It just baffles me why people insist that their English is perfect but get all bent out of shape when asked to do IELTS? It seems that this issue is particularly prevalent among South Asians (and I am one of them, before anyone here get their nose hair in an uproar). Seems that South Asians seems to think that their English is so perfect that CIC should just bend over backwards and disregards all of their process and procedures and roll out the red carpet for them.

Raj, not to boost but I have been in an English medium education since the beginning of my schooling, have a bachelors from the US and masters from the UK. I have 14 years of work experience in the US and the UK. When I filled my application with CIC, I submitted my IELTS. Why? Because itís a requirement. Because it proves without a shadow of doubt my language ability. I can argue with CIC about my language abilities till I am blue in the face and cows come home to roost or I can submit the IELTS scores and call it a day.

All here who think CIC should just accept their word about their abilities are full of it.

Ray

[25-11-2007,10:10]
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