Nigerians: Free IELTS Starter Course To Boost Canada Immigration Chances

Nigerians: Free IELTS Starter Course To Boost Canada Immigration Chances
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Canada immigration news: Nigerian immigration candidates can boost their chances of moving to Canada with the new IELTS Starter Course, provided for free to clients of

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s premier English language test recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The IELTS Starter Course is offered via a brand new online learning platform for immigrants: e-SKY.

“We are pleased to provide all our clients with our free IELTS-Starter Course, which is offered on e-SKY, our online learning platform,” says immigration lawyer Colin Singer. “The course includes lessons, practice tests and a bonus of over 100 activities with IELTS toolkit.”

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The IELTS Starter Course includes:

  • 20 self-study lessons to guide students through each part of the IELTS test (listening, reading, writing and speaking);
  • full access to the essential IELTS toolkit: 100-plus interactive exercises to improve the student’s vocabulary, grammar, and IELTS test skills;
  • complete practice tests for all four sub-tests so the students can be assured they are ready to take their IELTS exams, and;
  • five audio/video review lessons to guide the students through the IELTS speaking test.

“This IELTS course will prepare you for your English test and help you achieve the highest possible score,” says Singer. “Directed to clients, it focuses on achieving a score higher than six, which is usually required by Canadian immigration programs.

Nigerian immigration to Canada is skyrocketing with massive projected increases in the number of new permanent residents, international students and temporary workers from that country coming here this year compared to the last full year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that rise in Nigerian immigration, there is also a corresponding increase in the need for many of those Nigerians to improve their English-language skills to meet the requirements of Canadian immigration officials. 

New Permanent Residents From Nigeria Could Spike By 60% Over 2019

Although English is the official language of Nigeria, it is less spoken in many of the more rural areas of the country and Nigerians speak several other languages, including Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulfulde, Ibibio, Kanuri, and Tiv, as well. 

Since all applicants for permanent residence in Canada need to prove their language skills by taking a language test approved by IRCC, immigration experts recommend beefing up on English language skills ahead of applying for permanent residency. 

The number of new permanent residents in Canada from Nigeria is projected, based on IRCC data for the first six months of this year, to soar by 60 per cent, to 20,160, by the end of this year compared to the 12,600 who settled here in 2019. 

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In the first half of this year alone, Canada welcomed 10,080 new permanent residents from Nigeria, IRCC data reveals.

The most reasonable basis for comparison is 2019 because of the massive drop in immigration throughout Canada from all countries during the pandemic in the past two years as border closures and public health restrictions made resettling difficult at best.

After welcoming 341,175 new permanent residents to Canada in 2019, immigration fell by 45.9 per cent, to only 184,585 new permanent residents in 2020. It then rebounded to a record-breaking level last year when the country welcomed 406,005 new permanent residents.

International Students From Nigeria Up 49.1% Compared To Pre-Pandemic

But last year’s record-breaking performance for Canadian immigration was largely due to the Temporary-to-Permanent Resident pathway, a one-time program designed to allow up to 90,000 foreign nationals living in Canada on temporary visas the opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

Nigerians are now also increasingly coming to Canada to work and study on temporary visas. 

Based on IRCC figures for the first six months of this year, the number of international students from Nigeria in Canada is projected to spike 49.1 per cent this year, to 11,200, from the 7,510 who got study permits in 2019.

In the first six months of this year, 5,600 Nigerians came to Canada on study permits. 

The number of international students from Nigeria this year is even projected to be almost 17.2 per cent more than the comparable figure of 9,560 for all of last year when immigration to Canada broke all records.

In the workplace, more and more Nigerian temporary workers are increasingly contributing to the Canadian economy and taking jobs offered by employers facing a desperate shortage of labour in Canada.

Based on IRCC figures for the first six months of this year, 3,130 Nigerians are expected to come to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP) this year. 

That would be 17.7 per cent more Nigerian temporary workers in Canada this year than the 2,660 who worked here in 2019 but an 11.6 per cent drop from the 3,540 who came to work in Canada under those programs last year. 

Nigeria Fifth In Top 10 Most Important Sources Of New Permanent Residents To Canada

In the first six months of this year alone, 1,435 Nigerians got work permits to come to Canada under the IMP and another 130 got them through the TFWP.

With that number of Nigerians eyeing Canada as a place to live, work and study, it is hardly surprising that the western African country is consistently one of the top 10 sources of new permanent residents to Canada. 

In the first six months of this year, Nigeria ranked fifth in the top 10 list of most important sources of new permanent residents to Canada, after only India, China, the Philippines, and Afghanistan. 

Nigeria has been a more important source of new permanent residents to Canada this year than either France or the United States. 

In the first half of this year, 10,080 Nigerians became new permanent residents of Canada, 60.5 per cent more than the 6,280 new permanent residents from France during that period and 67.3 per cent more than the 6,025 new permanent residents from the United States as well. 

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.