Sunday, July 15, 2012


COMPARISON OF AUSTRALIAN AND CANADIAN SKILLED WORKER IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS


 
LANGUAGE POINTS COMPARISON

The following comparison will be of assistance in understanding as to how language points are allocated in Australian and Canadian Skilled Worker program.

 
Australian Points Allocation in Language Factor:

You can receive up to 20 points based on your English language ability.
If you want to receive points for proficient or superior ability, you must complete an English language test. This is usually the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.

There are two IELTS tests—an academic test and a general training test. You need to take only the general test unless otherwise advised by your skills assessing authority.
If you are a health practitioner, you can also provide results from an Occupational English Test (OET) as evidence of your English language ability.

If your test results expire while your Expression of Interest is active in the SkillSelect database, you must take a new language test, and update your Expression of Interest details before you can be invited to apply.

The table below sets out the points available for each language level and the evidence you must provide with your application.

Level of English
Points
Evidence required
Superior
You have fully operational command of English and handle complex detailed argumentation well.
20
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 8 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing
Proficient
You have an operational command of English with the ability to use and understand complex language well and comprehend detailed reasoning.
10
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 7 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing
Competent
0
  • an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Number to show you have a band score of at least 6 on each of the four components of speaking, reading, listening and writing


Canadian Points Allocation in Language Factor:

Your proficiency in English or French is one of the six selection factors for skilled workers. You will be awarded up to 24 points for your basic, moderate or high proficiency in English and French. You will be given points based on your ability to:
  • listen
  • speak
  • read and
  • write
Language testing

If you have some proficiency in both English and French, decide which language you are more comfortable using. This is your first official language. The other is your second official language.

You must prove the level of language proficiency you claim on your application.




Description of each level of proficiency (If English is designated as First Language on Application forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 7.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 4
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
IELTS Score 5.5 – 6.0
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 5.5 – 7.0
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 2
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
IELTS Score 4.0 to 5.0
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 4.5 – 5.0
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 6.5 or more
Points awarded 1
IELTS Score 3.5 to 4.5
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0
IELTS Score below 4.5
Points awarded 0


Description of each level of proficiency (If French is designated as First  Language on Application Forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 280-360 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 233-300 pts
Points awarded 4
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 4
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 217-279 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 181-232 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 145-216 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 121-180 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0


Description of each level of proficiency (If French is designated as Second  Language on Application Forms)

Proficiency Level
Ability
Speaking
Listening
Reading
Writing
HIGH: You can communicate effectively in most social and work situations.
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 280-360 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 233-300 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 5-6 349-450 pts
Points awarded 2
MODERATE: You can communicate comfortably in familiar social and work situations.
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 217-279 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 181-232 pts
Points awarded 2
TEF Level 4 271-348 pts
Points awarded 2
BASIC: You can communicate in predictable contexts and on familiar topics, but with some difficulty.
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 145-216 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 121-180 pts
Points awarded 1
TEF Level 3 181-270 pts
Points awarded 1
NO: You do not meet the above criteria for basic proficiency.
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0
TEF Level below 3 Points awarded 0

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