Immigration to Canada has become a more viable option through Canadian Express Entry Program. After attainment of coveted PR or Permanent Resident Visa, within the span of three years the individual is eligible for a full-fledged citizenship of the country. However, there are certain yardsticks that need to be accomplished for a smooth immigration in the country and the first and foremost step towards this direction is through points scoring under which language proficiency is understood to be an important criteria.
The language proficiency of the candidate is evaluated through IELTS examination, which is conducted all over India, and it comprises of tests based on the listening, reading, speaking skills of the candidate. There are two official languages of Canada – English and French. While its not important to know both languages but knowledge of both can help attain extra points on the applicants profile.
But, the knowledge of English language is highly integral in a country like Canada not only for professional reasons but also for personal day today communication.
If your first language/preference is English, then you will most likely apply to the Canada Express Entry program through the International English Language Testing System or IELTS as it is popularly called. The IELTS is popular amongst countless number of companies and government institutions. It is considered a premier testing system and employs international standards of English to its examinations. Examinees are tested across 4 key areas of language, namely:
The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the country’s top federal immigration body, holds IELTS scores valid for up to two years. It has established the minimum number of marks required to qualify for immigration to Canada through Express Entry. If English is your first language then refer to the following chart to know the score rating system followed by the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS):
|First official language (Maximum 24 points)|
|CLB Level||Ability: Speaking||Ability: Listening||Ability: Reading||Ability: Writing||Points per ability|
|7||6.0||6.0 – 7.0||6.0||6.0||4|
|10 and above||7.5 – 9.0||8.5 – 9.0||8.0 – 9.0||7.5 – 9.0||6|
The average time taken to process an application by the IRCC is 6 months. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind here that IELTS scores must remain valid for the entirety of the immigration process which includes application, selection and PR status application. So, if your scores are about to expire while the immigration application process is still underway, then it would be wise to retake the test and submit the updated scores to the relevant Canadian authorities.
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IELTS is a very important factor when calculating your CRS score for a Canada Permanent Resident visa. Ideally you should score a CLB 10 or higher in order to get the maximum points for the language proficiency factor under the CRS points calculator. However, if your other factor considerations like age, educational qualification, work experience and adaptability score well, then you can also qualify for immigration with a CLB 7 score in your first language. It would also be very useful to learn a second language (either English or French) and score above CLB 5 to get additional points and up your overall CRS score. The following table will provide you with a quick overview of how many points you can score with each grade:
|Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)||Without an accompanying spouse (maximum points available: 136)|
|For each language ability||34 points|
|CLB 3 or lower||0|
|CLB 10 or higher||34|
In addition to this, you need to know that there are 2 categories available in the IELTS exam, first is the general and second in the academic. Only general scores are applicable in the IELTS segment of the Express Entry so don’t choose the academic option. The following is a breakdown of the IELTS exam and its main parts:
International English Language Testing System, IELTS, is an English Language proficiency test that is conducted in over 500 centers in 120 countries. It assesses the ability to effectively communicate in the English language and is recognized by Universities and employee in many countries such as Australia, Canada, UK and USA, for work and study purposes. The test comprises of four criteria’s mainly: Listening – it has four sections, and has 40 questions to be answered, Speaking – a 15 minute interview of the candidate is conducted, Reading – It is divided into three sections, with a total of 40 questions and lastly, writing – In which two written pieces are required. The scores in the IELTS Examination vary from 1 to 9 in terms of band and certain places have a requirement of minimum band of 6 in every section for qualification purposes.
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