Anger as Irish must pass English-speaking test to become Canadian

Canadian immigration law requires Irish people to undergo an English proficiency test to gain permanent residency – they aren’t happy about it

Young Irish immigrants in Canada have expressed their annoyance at being forced to undertake an English-proficiency test, despite English being their first language, when applying for Canadian permanent resident status. Some immigration lawyers are also calling on the Canadian federal government to set aside the requirement to prove English-speaking proficiency when the applicant for permanent residency is a national of a country where English is one of the official languages.

“Common sense has left the building,” immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann told CBC Toronto.

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