Language proficiency is one of the factors based on which CRS points are awarded to the express profile. Canada requires candidates to be proficient in either one of the languages: English or French. For this candidates must take a language test that is conducted by an educational institution that is recognized by the Federal government of Canada. For the English language – IELTS (International English Language Test System) is one of the recognized language examinations. The other language test recognized by the Canadian government for English language is Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
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.
International English Language Test System – IELTS – is one of the recognized education tests that are jointly managed by British Council, Cambridge Assessment English and IDP: IELTS Australia to measure the proficiency of the candidate in English language. IELTS uses a nine-band scale to identify levels of proficiency, from Non-user (Band Score 1) to the Expert (Band Score 9).
There are two categories available under IELTS:
Candidate proficiency is checked in the language in four sections: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. On the day of examination, Reading, Listening and Writing sections are completed without any breaks between them. In case of Speaking section, it can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.
Time Duration – 30 minutes
The candidate will listen to four recordings and then will write answers to a series of questions
Time Duration: 60 minutes
It consists of 40 questions, with questions designed to test a wide range of reading skills. Reading skills includes reading for gist, skimming, reading for main ideas, understanding logical argument and recognizing writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose
Time Duration: 60 minutes
The candidate will be given two topics of general interest:
Time Duration: 11-14 minutes
This section will assess the use of spoken English.
Express Entry program, a point-based program, manages the profiles of the skilled immigrants applied for Canada PR Visa under Canada’s economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Program. For any candidate to be submitted into the express pool, they are required to be eligible under any one of the above-mentioned immigration programs.
For candidates to be eligible to apply for Canada PR Visa through FSWP they must have scored minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or IELTS score 6 per band. The following table will help you to translate your IELTS score to CLB Levels:
Once the candidate is able to create an express profile, they are awarded points through CRS. Under language proficiency maximum CRS points awarded when applying with their spouse/partner are 170 points and when applying without spouse/partner maximum CRS points awarded are 160 points.
There are over 60 immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to help the immigrants to move to Canada. Express entry program is one of the immigration programs. But it has high Language proficiency requirements to apply for Canada PR Visa.
There are also other immigration programs that have low IELTS score requirements to apply for Canada PR Visa. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are one of those immigration programs that provide an immigration pathway to Canada PR Visa with low IELTS score. Some of the PNPs with low IELTS requirement are as follows:
Other than these Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) with CLB level 5 and Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) are some other immigration programs with low IELTS scores for Canada PR Visa.
IELTS examination can be taken in two formats: Paper-based or Computer-delivered. Both of them can be delivered at one of British Council official test centers.
Following are some the tips that can help you score more in each category of IELTS examination:
Yes, it is mandatory to take IELTS for Canada Immigration. Canada has a population that is majorly English speaking. In order for immigrants to easily adapt to daily life in Canada, they are required to be proficient in English language. To prove their proficiency in English candidates have to take the IELTS examination.
Both IELTS and PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) are English language examinations to check the general ability of candidates in English language. But in order to apply for Canada PR Visa, candidate must take the examination that is recognized by the Canadian government. IELTS is the examination that is recognized by the IRCC not PTE.
It is not compulsory for the spouse to take the IELTS examination as long as you are the principal applicant for Canada PR Visa through Express Entry Program. But, you can get extra CRS points if your spouse has taken the IELTS.
IELTS score of 6 per band is the minimum requirement under language proficiency to be eligible under the Express Entry program. But, it does not guarantee the candidate to get the Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for Canada PR Visa, for that candidate has to improve their CRS score.
No, IELTS academics are taken for people who are applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. For immigration purposes, candidates are required to take IELTS – General.