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What are the proficiency tests accepted in Immigration Processes to Canada?

27 April, 2021

What are the proficiency tests accepted in Immigration Processes to Canada?

When we talk about immigrating to Canada, we need to prove proficiency in one of the country's official languages: English or French.

If your goal is to be a permanent resident, you will need to have a certain level of fluency in English and/or French. And proof of your language level is validated by the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).
The CLB is a Canadian system of metrics that aims to measure and validate the level of knowledge of the languages, in proficiency tests accepted by immigration:

- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - for English
- Canadian English Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - for English
- Test d'évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) - for French
- Teste de connaissance du Français pour le Canada(TCF Canada) - for French

Regarding the grade that immigration requires, it varies for each of the programs. All processes request one of the language proficiency exams, but they have a different grade requirement. For Express Entry, check below the requirements, separated by categories:

- Federal Skilled Worker Program: it is necessary to have a minimum CLB of 7 in all skills that are writing, reading, listening and speaking;

- Federal Skilled Trades Program: it is necessary to have a minimum CLB of 4 for reading and writing, while for listening and speaking the minimum CLB must be 5;

- Canadian Experience Class: minimum CLB of 7 required in all skills that are writing, reading, listening and speaking, for jobs in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0 or A and, finally, at least CLB 5 for professions at the NOC B.

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