Language requirement for temporary and permanent resident appllicants

Being proficient in two languages – English and French – in Canada is almost, always the best way to get the permanent or temporary visa you want, especially for international students.

First, the Permanent Resident applicants through the current selection system – official information from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).  The information is being shared at no cost to the immigrant  public.

Express Entry

You must prove your language skills by taking a language test approved by IRCC by.

Unlike the assessment of your academic qualifications, do not send your language test results directly to IRCC. Submit your test information with your application. Keep your original test in a safe place as we may ask for it later.

What happens next

Note: Your test results must be valid (less than two years old) when you complete your Express Entry profile, and when you apply for permanent residence.

If you submit more than one valid test, we will use the test with the highest scores to assess your application.

The profile is valid for 12 months. You should make sure that your language test results are valid for at least the same number of days.

If your test results expire soon, you should re-take the test and update your Express Entry profile with your new test results.

Language tests IRCC accepts

You can take any of these approved language tests:

English

CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

CELPIP has two different tests. You must take the “CELPIP-General” test to support your immigration application. We do not accept the “General-LS” test for Express Entry.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

IELTS has two options for the reading and writing tests: “General Training” and “Academic.” You must take the “General Training” option.

French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français (available in French only)

You must submit results from these TEF tests as proof of your French language skills:

  1. compréhension de l’écrit
  2. compréhension de l’orale
  3. expression écrite
  4. expression orale

Averaging your language score – for people with a physical or mental disability

If you are not able to complete one or more sections of your language test because of a disability, you must input averaged scores based on the ones you completed. Averaged scores, including IELTS, must be determined through this Calculator Tool. Your scores for the sections you did complete must be input and cannot be changed.

Use the Comprehensive Ranking System – Language calculator tool to find out what is your score for the one or more abilities you were unable to complete.

Note: Comprehensive Ranking System – Language calculator is not the same as the Comprehensive Ranking System tool.

English / Language Proficiency for specific programs 

Federal Skilled Worker Program

CELPIP

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB Level

Ability: Speaking

Ability: Listening

Ability: Reading

Ability: Writing

Points per ability

7
CELPIP-G

7

7

7

7

4

8
CELPIP-G

8

8

8

8

5

9
CELPIP-G

9

9

9

9

6

10 and above
CELPIP-G

10+

10+

10+

10+

6

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)

CLB Level

Ability: Speaking

Ability: Listening

Ability: Reading

Ability: Writing

Points (total)

5 and above

5 – 12

5 – 12

5 – 12

5 – 12

4

IELTS

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

CLB Level

Ability: Speaking

Ability: Listening

Ability: Reading

Ability: Writing

Points per ability

7

6.0

6.0 – 7.0

6.0

6.0

4

8

6.5

7.5

6.5

6.5

5

9

7.0

8.0

7.0

7.0

6

10 and above

7.5 – 9.0

8.5 – 9.0

8.0 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

6

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in all four language abilities)

CLB Level

Ability: Speaking

Ability: Listening

Ability: Reading

Ability: Writing

Points (total)

5 and above

5.0 – 9.0

5.0 – 9.0

4.0 – 9.0

5.0 – 9.0

4

TEF

First official language (Maximum 24 points)

NCLC Level

Ability: Speaking (expression orale)

Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’orale)

Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)

Ability: Writing (expression écrite)

Points (per ability)

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

4

8

349 – 370

280 – 297

233 – 247

349 – 370

5

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

6

                       

Second official language (4 points if you meet the minimum threshold in each of the four language abilities)

NCLC Level

Ability: Speaking (expression orale)

Ability: Listening (compréhension de l’orale)

Ability: Reading (compréhension de l’écrit)

Ability: Writing (expression écrite)

Points (per ability)

5 and above

226 – 371+

181 – 298+

151 – 248+

226 – 371+

4

Add your points:

  1. First official language:
    • Speaking + Listening + Reading + Writing = your subtotal
  2. Second official language:
    • Add four points to your subtotal if you meet the minimum level in all four abilities. If you do not, you get 0 points for your second official language.
  3. Add (1) and (2) together for your total points.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

CLB Level

Test results for each ability

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

9 and above
CELPIP-G

9+

9+

9+

9+

8
CELPIP-G

8

8

8

8

7
CELPIP-G

7

7

7

7

6
CELPIP-G

6

6

6

6

5
CELPIP-G

5

5

5

5

4
CELPIP-G

4

4

4

4

IELTS

CLB Level

Test results for each ability

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

10 and above

8.5 – 9.0

8.0 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

7.5 – 9.0

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

4

4.5

3.5

4.0

4.0

TEF

NCLC Level

Test results for each ability

Speaking 
(
expression orale)

Listening 
(
compréhension de l'orale)

Reading 
(
compréhension de l'écrit)

Writing 
(
expression écrite)

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

8

349 - 370

280 - 297

233 - 247

349 - 370

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

6

271 – 309

217 – 248

181 – 206

271 – 309

5

226 – 270

181 – 216

151 – 180

226 – 270

4

181 – 225

145 – 180

121 – 150

181 – 225

Canadian Experience Class

CELPIP

NOC

CLB Level

Test results for each ability

Speaking

Listening

Reading

Writing

0,A

9 and above
CELPIP-G

9+

9+

9+

9+

0, A

8
CELPIP-G

8

8

8

8

0, A

7
CELPIP-G

7

7

7

7

B

6
CELPIP-G

6

6

6

6

B

5
CELPIP-G

5

5

5

5

IELTS

NOC

CLB Level

Test results for each ability

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

0, A

10 and above

8.5-9.0

8.0-9.0

7.5-9.0

7.5-9.0

0, A

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

0, A

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

0, A

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

B

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

B

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

TEF

NOC

NCLC Level

Test results for each ability

Speaking 
(
expression orale)

Listening 
(
compréhension de l'orale)

Reading 
(
compréhension de l'écrit)

Writing 
(
expression écrite)

0, A

9 and above

371+

298+

248+

371+

0, A

8

349-370

280-297

233-247

349-370

0, A

7

310 – 348

249 – 279

207 – 232

310 – 348

B

6

271 – 309

217 – 248

181 – 206

271 – 309

B

5

226 – 270

181 – 216

151 – 180

226 – 270

Note: Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) centres are not approved testing agencies for people who apply under the Canadian Experience Class.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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