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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