Language requirements – Federal skilled trades

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The applicant must demonstrate that they meet or exceed the threshold set by the Minister for proficiency in either English or French, for each of the four language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The current language proficiency threshold set by the Minister is available on the CIC website.

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the required level of language proficiency in all four language skill areas by submitting the results of an English or French language test from a designated testing organization with their application.

Language test results must not be more than two years old at the time of application receipt, and will be used as conclusive evidence of an applicant’s language proficiency. Other written evidence will not be considered.

Evidence of language proficiency

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