According to Nicholas Keung, "All immigrants face mandatory language test", The Star, 7/20/2010:
Born and raised in New York, Dodi Robbins graduated from Harvard University and has been practising law for 13 years.
Her first language is English. Yet like all other skilled immigrants applying to settle in Canada, the American corporate lawyer must now take a language test to prove her English is good enough to settle here.
“I was outraged, insulted and floored,” said Robbins, who obtained her law degree at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in New York. A mother of two, she has been working in Toronto on a work permit for four years as compliance and regulations counsel for an international financial services company.
“I almost fell off the chair. I’ve been practising law here for years and I have to prove my proficiency in English?”
Last month Ottawa made its language proficiency test mandatory for all skilled immigrant applicants, including native English and French speakers. The so-called “ministerial instructions” stipulate officials are not to process applications without language test results, starting June 26.
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