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Proving Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration in 2013

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has stated that the ability to communicate in one or both of Canada’s two official languages is key to finding employment in the country. To help ensure that prospective immigrants arrive in Canada with the language skills needed to succeed, many Canadian immigration programs require that applicants prove their ability to communicate in French or English by submitting standardized test scores.

In 2013, a number of popular immigration programs will require proof of language proficiency. Amongst them are:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Assessing Proficiency

English and French language proficiency, for immigration purposes, is assessed according to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) system. The CLB system ranks language proficiency separately for each of the four language skills, namely: speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

CLB levels range from 1 to 12. Levels 1-4 are considered a ‘basic level of proficiency’; 5-8 are considered ‘intermediate’; and 9-12 are considered ‘advanced’.

Language Tests and Equivalencies

An individual’s proficiency is determined using results from a test issued by a designated organization. At present, the designated testing organizations are as follows:

  • English: There are two designated organizations for English language testing:
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

   CELPIP tests may only be taken within Canada, whereas IELTS tests are held in various locations around the world, including Canada

  • French: The only accepted French-language test for the Federal programs is the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF)

Equivalencies with CLB benchmarks for the three designated tests above are determined as follows:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 Canadian English Level Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF)

Individuals with knowledge of both English and French may choose to test in one or both languages. For many programs, additional points will be awarded for knowledge of a second official Canadian language.

Regardless of the language they choose, immigrants who arrive in Canada with sufficient language skills will find themselves well placed to take advantage of all the opportunities their new home has to offer.

To find out if you are eligible for one of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please fill out a free online assessment.

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87 thoughts on “Proving Language Proficiency for Canadian Immigration in 2013

  1. Avatar
    Lili

    I’m Cuban, married a Canadian man. Applied for citizenship but my Language Benchmark was not enough. I got the application back. Will make the language test again. How long do I have to re-send the application with the new test results? I got the application back this week and will do the English test on September 9.

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    Susan Evans

    I hold a master’s degree and 18 graduate credit hours in English. I have taught English writing for 7 years. Do I have to take a test to prove my proficiency in English? Thank you.

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    Satyavrat Kadyan

    It is not clear whether International students graduated in Canadian institutions for say, 3 or 4 years through the medium of Instruction being English are also required to take an English Proficiency Test or not through a PNP Express Stream by meeting ‘Canadian Experience Class’ [CEC], being criteria as one of the three Federal Immigration Programmes

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    V.SIVAKUMAR

    I STUDIED MY EDUCATION .FROM CHILDHOOD TO COLLEGE IN MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN ENGLISH , STILL I HAVE TO WRITE MY IELTS TO MIGRATION TO CANADA. KINDLY HELP ME IN THIS REGARD .

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    Abhishek Bhardwaj

    Hello,

    I have a BS and MS from US (Purdue University). And have been working in US for almost 6 years or so.

    Do I still need to appear for Language Proficiency test ??

    Thanks,
    Abhi

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    Adarsh

    Dear Sir,

    I am Adarsh Dhirasaria have passed toefl with an excepted score of 75% out of four section

    Please tell me whether there is any possibilities of work opportunities

    Regards,

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    Nisarg Desai

    Hello,

    I want to know that whether Master degree in the USA can be used as the substitute for English exam like IELTS.

    P.S: I have MS in Computer Science and have taken a semester-long GESP(Graduate English Skill Programme) under ELI.

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