Immigrants in Nova Scotia are concerned about problems with their citizenship language forms, according to a new report from CBC.
Mitra Naseh is one such immigrant from Iran who currently lives in Halifax and is in the process of applying for citizenship. She knows the language requirements, and obtained the necessary forms from Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website.
The minimum language requirement is a 4, while Naseh says she submitted forms showing that she has reached level 8. Still, her application was rejected, citing lack of proof of language sufficiency.
“The worst thing is that everybody is confused,” Naseh said, pointing out that she is not the only one in her circle facing this obstacle.
In fact, local English as a Second Language teacher Anne Kelly has heard of several similar problems faced by her students, and has been writing letters of support in hopes of bolstering their citizenship applications.
“It’s also making the other students nervous or anxious about sending in their applications,” says Kelly.
Though many have tried to contact CIC to clarify the requirements, they say they have been told merely to re-submit, with no further explanation or clarification on these decisions.