Language requirements for skilled immigrants (Express Entry)
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Language requirements for skilled immigrants (Express Entry)

language requirements

Below you can find the language requirements for each immigration category. Every person must prove his abilities in English or French in these four main areas:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

The minimum language requirements vary depending on the program you’re participating at. For example:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

When participating on this program, you must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in English. Or, you must meet the minimum requirements of Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 7 in French. The minimum level must be met in the four language abilities as mentioned above.

Canadian Express Class

Depending on the group the job that you’re interested in, is classified under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC), the minimum language level you need to obtain is specified as below.  If your skilled work experience in Canada belongs to:

  • NOC 0 or A, the minimum required level is CLB 7 in English or NCLC 7 in French.
  • NOC B job, the minimum required language levels is CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French

Federal Skilled Trades Program

For this program, you must meet the minimum level of:

  • CLB 5 in English or NCLC 5 in French for speaking and listening categories
  • CLB 4 in English or NCLC 4 in French for reading and writing categories

In this case, you need to take a language test. It should be approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). You should include the results when you complete your Express Entry profile. This, only when you get an invitation to apply for permanent residency.  If you do not add this test on your Express Entry profile, your will no longer be eligible for it.

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