Language Requirements

Language Requirements

Canadian Citizenship Language Requirement:

For Canadian citizenship, applicants aged 18-54 must prove proficiency in either English or French. The criteria include:

  • Holding everyday conversations.
  • Understanding basic instructions.
  • Using elementary grammar and vocabulary.

Proof can be:

  1. A third-party language test result, approved by IRCC, showing CLB or NCLC level 4 or higher in speaking and listening.
  2. Diplomas or transcripts from secondary or post-secondary programs in English or French.
  3. Government-funded language course results indicating CLB or NCLC level 4 or above.

Previously taken test results during the permanent residence application can be used, even if expired. Approved tests include IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, TEFAQ, and others. Writing proficiency is not required.

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