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Language Test Requirements for Canada PR Visa

Language Test Requirements for Canada PR Visa

For those aspiring to immigrate to Canada through federal and provincial skilled worker programs, undergoing a language test is a crucial step. The language test requirement applies to various pathways, including the Express Entry system, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and other skilled worker pathways. This blog aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the language test requirements and the approved tests for Canadian immigration.

Language Requirements for Canada PR Visa:

Completing a language test is mandatory to demonstrate proficiency in the language as per the skilled worker program’s requirements. Different programs may have varying test score prerequisites, typically measured using the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). Some programs may demand a CLB level of 4, while others may require a CLB level of 7. It’s essential to meet the specific language score criteria of the program you are applying to.

To be eligible for Express Entry, it is mandatory to score a minimum of

  • CLB 7 in all four modules of the First official language, and
  • CLB 5 in all four modules of the Second official language (optional)

Validity of Language Exam for Canada PR visa:

Language test scores are valid for two years from the date of the exam. Applicants must ensure that no more than two years have passed between completing the language test and submitting their Canadian immigration application. If the two-year timeframe is exceeded, a retake of the language test is necessary.

Language Tests accepted by Canada for PR visa:

The Canadian government recognizes specific language tests for skilled worker applications. As of now, the approved tests are:

For English:

  • CELPIP General Test
  • IELTS General Training

Starting in early 2024, the Pearson Core Test of English (PTE) will be added as a designated language test by Canada Immigration.

For French:

  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

Overview of Approved Tests:

  • CELPIP: The CELPIP assesses listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills within a three-hour timeframe. Results are typically available 4-5 days after the test.
  • IELTS: This test covers listening, reading, writing, and speaking over 2 hours and 45 minutes. Results are provided within 3-5 days for computer-based tests and 13 days for paper-based tests.
  • TEF: Used for French comprehension and expression, the TEF includes written and oral sections. Test duration varies, and costs depend on the location.
  • TCF: Similar to TEF, the TCF assesses French comprehension and expression. It includes compulsory and optional sections, with testing costs varying by location.

FAQ

For Canada Express Entry, a minimum IELTS band of 7 in all four modules of the First official language is generally required. Additionally, a minimum of IELTS band 5 in all four modules of the Second official language (if applicable) is typically needed.

The IELTS band requirement for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) in Canada can vary by province. Different provinces may have specific band score prerequisites, so it's essential to check the requirements of the particular PNP you are interested in. Requirements can range from CLB 4 to CLB 7 or higher.

The minimum IELTS score required for Canada PR depends on the specific immigration program or pathway you are applying through. For Express Entry, achieving a minimum IELTS band of 7 in the First official language and 5 in the Second official language is often required. However, these requirements may vary, so it's crucial to check the specific criteria of the program you are applying to.




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