There is more than one way to immigrate to Canada, but one of the fastest and easiest ways for skilled workers is the Express Entry Program. This is a relatively new program (started in 2015) which is often much quicker than other North American countries like the United States.
The Express Entry Program is specifically for skilled immigrants who want to settle in Canada permanently and can take as little as 4-6 months from start to finish.
There are three programs you can apply to under Express Entry:
While the programs are slightly different, they all require a language skill for eligibility. Canada has two official languages, English and French, and you will be evaluated on your writing, reading, listening and speaking in the official language of your choice. You do not need to know both English and French as long as you are strong enough in one, but knowing both will give you a better chance at eligibility and ultimately finding a job as well.
Canadian immigration accepts the following four language exams:
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