Language Requirements

If you are planning to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry programs, you are required to prove your English and/or French ability.

Some other immigrations programs may not require you to prove your language proficiency level.

What are the criteria?

To measure you levels of English and French, these standards are used:

English: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

French: Niveaux de competence linguistique canadien (NCLC)

What level of language proficiency required?

The minimum level for different programs are different. See the language requirements for each of the Express Entry programs below:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

English: CLB 7

French: NCLC 7

Canadian Experience Class

In this program, the required language skills depend on your job group in the national Occupational System (NOC).

TEER 0 or 1

English: CLB 7

French: NCLC 7

TEER 2 or 3

English: CLB 5

French: NCLC 5

Federal Skilled Trades Program

English speaking and listening: CLB 5

English reading and writing CLB 4

French speaking and listening: NCLC 5

French reading and writing CLB 4

Which tests results are accepted?

These language tests are approved:


CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program

IELTS: International English Language Testing System


TEF Canada

TCF Canada

How long are the test results valid?

When you submit your application for PR (after you are invited to apply), your test results must be less than 2 years old. In other words, the document is valid for 2 years.