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When it comes to immigration, especially in the Western countries, do you think that you must have a certain level of English to be able to immigrate? In fact, compared to many countries, Canada is very insistent on language proficiency and sometimes requires applicants to provide high scores.


This is an indication of Canada’s desire to attract quality people who can settle in Canada for the long term. There are many applicants who are good in other areas, but fail in the IELTS test.


In fact, there are many immigration programs in Canada that do not require IELTS scores, which includes the Federal Self Employed Immigration Program and Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Federal Self-Employed Immigration Program

The Canada Federal Self-Employed Immigrant Program is a unique business immigration program developed by the federal government of Canada to distinguish it from other provincial immigration programs. It is also known as the Federal Business Immigration Program, and is a one-step process to obtain the Permanent Resident Card without any provincial approval. After receiving your PR, you can live anywhere in Canada.


In addition, the Federal Sel-Employed Immigration Program is targeted for self-employed international, professional athletes, or individuals in the arts and culture industry. The program does not require a lot of hardware. Not only are there no language requirements, there are no restrictions on education or age, but in order to improve the approval rate, Canadian immigration agencies generally limit the age of applicants to 49 years of age. In addition, applicants are required to score at least 35 points on a point scale. There is no need to worry about this, as anyone who has participated in a self-consultation assessment knows that it is not difficult to achieve 35 points as long as the applicant’s basic requirements are met and one or two of the questions are satisfied.


The program is designed to send people who can contribute to society in the areas of culture and sports. Therefore, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ( IRCC ) place great importance on the applicant’s self-employed work experience. Applicants are required to provide two years of self-employed experience in culture or sports, including income, work, and evidence of their work. It is important to note that the interviewer will carefully evaluate these job descriptions and will make a comprehensive determination of the applicant’s ability to be self-employed in Canada based on the interview performance.


In short, Canada’s Federal Self Employed Immigration Program is designed to attract successful cultural and athletes, but does this mean that you don’t have to worry about your English level? The answer is No!


A very important factor in every immigration review is reasonable. Whether it is the applicant’s ability to take care of himself or herself in a particular field, or his or her plans to work for himself or herself after immigrating to Canada, it must be reasonable.


For example, if a painter immigrates to Canada through this program, even if he does not speak English, it will not affect his creative work. If, on the other hand, a writer does not speak English at all, then IRCC would have reason to question how the self-employed work would be carried out in the future. Therefore, even if there is no mandatory English language requirement in the official regulations, IRCC will still decline the application.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a way for the Canadian government to support the development and growth of Ontario businesses and to allow them to find overseas workers who can create economic value for Ontario according to their actual needs and to qualify them for permanent residence in Canada.


If an applicant is eligible to immigrate to Ontario by obtaining a permanent full-time job offer from an Ontario company, there is no need for an IELTS score or EOI score. However, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she can contribute to the development of the company employing him or her in Canada, and then submit supporting documents of the work.


However, the difficulty with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)  is the yearly quota limit and finding a stable and qualified Canadian business. Therefore, many people choose experienced immigration agencies to obtain sufficient quota and abundant employer resources.


In terms of language, the Ontario government’s website also clearly states that language proficiency is not a prerequisite for the program, and that employers will judge applicants’ English proficiency based on job requirements. In other words, although there is no official IELTS requirement, the applicant’s English level must meet the needs of the job.


The list of positions offered by employers includes sales, purchasing, administration, and business development…etc. Applicants who have sales experience must have the appropriate English language skills, otherwise it will be difficult to work in this field.


These two types of Canadian immigration programs, on the one hand, have relatively low mandatory requirements for applicants and are widely available, which is suitable for most people who want to immigrate to Canada. Although they do not have mandatory language requirements, the applicant’s language ability is often used as part of the assessment of their immigration status.


It is important to note that while there are many uncontrollable factors in the immigration process, English proficiency is completely under your control. Therefore, it is a good idea for people preparing to immigrate to Canada to acquire some language skills in advance. Even if you do not take the IELTS test, simple communication skills can make your immigration life smoother and more comfortable.



For more information on all Canada Immigration Programs, please contact Simard & Associates, we are a team of experienced immigration consultants who have worked with numerous families and applicants in various Canadian immigration programs, providing one-stop immigration consulting services that make it easy for you to move to Canada.