Documents for Express Entry: Language requirements

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To be eligible for Express Entry, you must prove your English or French language ability:

The language test evaluates these abilities:

To measure your English or French levels, we use:

Federal Skilled Worker Program

First official language
Language Minimum level for all four abilities
English CLB 7
French NCLC7

Second official language: Minimum level of CLB or NCLC 5.

Canadian Experience Class

The skills you need will depend on the group your job is classified in under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).

NOC TEER Minimum level for all four language abilities (English) Minimum level for all four language abilities (French)
TEER 0 or 1 CLB 7 NCLC 7
TEER 2 or 3 CLB 5 NCLC 5

Federal Skilled Trades Program

Language Abilities Minimum level
English Speaking and listening CLB 5
English Reading and writing CLB 4
French Speaking and listening NCLC 5
French Reading and writing NCLC 4

How long language test results are valid for

Your test results must be less than two years old when you submit your application for permanent residence.

If you’ve been invited to apply for permanent residence

Check that your language test results will still be valid when you plan to apply.

If you haven’t been invited to apply for permanent residence

You may want to make sure your results are valid for the rest of the time you’ll be in the pool.

If your results will expire before you can apply, you should:

  • be tested again or
  • apply before your test results expire or
  • decline the invitation and go back into the pool to be considered in the future

If you apply for permanent residence with language test results that have expired, we’ll refuse your application.

You can use your test results to find your CLB level.

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