August 28, 2010

Expired IELTS | Returned Application from CIO

IELTS Examination Results do not expire, it's the institution requiring the IELTS Examination that sets up a period of time in which the results may be accepted. In the case of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, particularly the Centralized Intake Office (CIO), they strictly require that your IELTS Examination Results should not be more than one year at the time of submission of your application.

An expired IELTS Examination Result will result to a returned application, unprocessed.

Expired IELTS | Returned Application from CIO
An excerpt from a letter from CIO returning the application unprocessed due to expired IELTS Exam results. The application here took the IELTS Exam July 2009 and sent the application to CIO Aug 2010. And CIO still returned the application?!

Apparently, the Visa Office in Manila is more reasonable. They are accepting IELTS Exam result even older than one year. CIO should do the same at least on a case to case basis. Or better yet, make it two years instead of one year only.

It's not like your language proficiency will deteriorate after 13 months. Does it? I hope they change this rule.