Fwd: [Edling] Canada: Language test angers immigration lawyers

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sun May 4 20:18:38 UTC 2008

 Forwarded From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Toronto Star

Language test angers immigration lawyers

All immigrants applying to come to Canada as skilled workers - even those
who grew up speaking English or French - could soon be required to take a
mandatory language test to prove proficiency in one of Canada's official
languages, the Star has learned. Until now, English- and French-speaking
applicants - including immigrants from the U.S. and England - could bypass
the test by submitting a letter testifying to their language skills.
Officials say the proposed change will make language assessments more
transparent. But immigration lawyers say the change would only increase
delays at a time when the federal government is introducing dramatic changes
to reduce an immigration backlog, especially to smooth the way for those
most likely to succeed in the job market.

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Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at gmail.com

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