Is It Possible to Travel to Canada Without IELTS?

Is It Possible to Travel to Canada Without IELTS?

People who are looking to travel to Canada especially international students mostly have this question lurking at the back of their minds. This is because of the rigorous stress and exercises involved in immigrating in the first place.

Immigrating to Canada does not come cheap, including submitting so many required documents at your disposal. After spending so much money on all these, immigrants feel the cost of the IELTS is quite unnecessary.

However, despite having such thoughts and wanting to boycott all the IELTS expenses you will be surprised to know that immigrants can actually travel without the IELTS.

There are some special fast-track Canadian study permit programs targeted at specific countries that may require completion of the IELTS test before you can apply for fast-track processing.

Examples are the Canada Nigeria Student Express Program and the Canada Student Direct Stream programs for Pakistan, Senegal, Morocco, China, India, Philippines, and Vietnam. Even then, international students from these countries can still apply under the regular study permit process which does not require IELTS.

International students from English-speaking countries feel it is unfair to be subjected to taking this compulsory test as they are already fluent in the language, which is just a waste of money.

These are valid concerns especially when one appreciates the fundamental domestic economic circumstances that make these international students choose Canada in the first place.

Which Language Test Can You Take to Immigrate to Canada?

Generally, the approved test requires to immigrate to Canada is the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) tests to demonstrate your English-language proficiency. If you’re a Francophone, then you can take either the TEF or TCF tests.

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index ProgramYou must take the CELPIP-General test
IELTS: International English Testing SystemYou must take the General Training option

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

As the name goes, the CLB is the benchmark that the Canadian government is expecting immigrants to have – this is more like a cutoff mark. Your language test results will be used to determine your language level according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or the French equivalent, Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens (NCLC). The IRCC refers to CLB and NCLC levels for language requirements on your permanent residency application.

Universities That Do Not Require International English Language Test System (IELTS)

Once an international student has been offered admission by a Canadian university, the international student will be given the student permit, in that case, the student should check the school’s website to check if the school does not require IELTS. This is because in cases like these it is the school that requires the International English Language Test System not the IRCC visa center.

Canadian universities have found that students who have completed their degrees from a recognized educational institution in the English language often show good proficiency in Reading & Writing. They only have to submit specific documents to get admission to the university of Canada.

There are universities that international students can apply to without the International English Language Test System (IELTS) and they are listed below

  • Concordia University;
  • Cambrian College;
  • Seneca College;
  • University of Saskatchewan;
  • Brock University;
  • Carleton University;
  • University of Winnipeg;
  • University of Regina;
  • Memorial University.

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