A recent news item has pointed out that knowledge of French is necessary for permanent residency (PR) in the Quebec province of Canada. PR applications of many students, who were not aware of this rule, were rejected as they did not have knowledge of the French Language. Many students go to Canada on a student VISA and apply for PR, not knowing that they may not get a PR without clearing the French language test.
The French language test is a must for immigration to Québec
Québec is one of the largest provinces in Canada and attracts a lot of immigrants from around the world. It is the only province in Canada with French as its official language. Québec was a French colony and knowledge of the French language is a key factor for immigration.
For students living in Québec on a student visa, this can be a tricky situation. They come to Canada on a Student VISA and are provided a Temporary resident status (TR). They do not have work permits to go for any other immigration program. Time limit is also a constraint for them to quickly pick up the French language. When they have to appear for a French exam like TEF or TEFAQ they obviously fail to clear. Under such circumstances, they are left with no option but to return to their homeland. It is important for students to know that they should learn French if they are planning to immigrate to Canada. Knowledge of French will not only help in Canada’s PR but also in job prospects and general well-being.
Western Canada and especially Québec has a lot to offer to students in all the fields of education. Compared to main cities like Toronto, Québec is still an untapped market and has a lot of opportunities for students and job seekers.
About 20 percent of the population in Canada speaks French and is the mother tongue of about 7.2 million Canadians. So, if you are planning to be in Canada, it surely makes sense to learn at least basic French.