Canada Immigation and New IELTS Rules


Until recently, IELTS (English language test) scores were only valid for one year, which meant that some applicants who required IELTS results would have to re-take the exam even though their skill level with English had not changed.

Currently, IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. I believe this is a reasonable step forward. I would also like to see medicals valid for 2 years, but we will have to wait and see if that happens.

If you are taking the IELTS, be sure to take the General and not the Academic version of the IELTS.

I recently heard from a colleague that a client’s IELTS Academic scores were not accepted as part of the immigration application. That client had to take the General exam to proceed.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

  1. April 11, 2011
  2. November 6, 2011

    It’s very surprising to know that in Canada Academic exams are not accepted. In Australia, everybody is required to take the Academic exam not the General exam.
    Your post is very informative.


  3. January 23, 2012

    I’m Dentist,unfortunately ,i spent a lot of times to read an ielts books of General modules,but with out teachers.It was a terrible!Of course,i decided to search a teachers only to preparing of ielts in the future .What do you think about it?Always i need to regards,Dr.Nusrat R.U

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