New Language Requirements For Canadian Citizenship Coming into Effect November 1st

The UBC English Language Institute is one of thousands of locations where individuals can take an IELTS exam. Citizenship applicants will be required to submit the results from CIC-approved third-party tests like the IELTS or provide evidence of completion of secondary or post-secondary education in English or French to be have their application processed.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that the majority of citizenship applicants will be required to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French when they apply, effective November 1st, 2012.

Currently, CIC assesses applicants’ language proficiency through the interaction their staff have with the applicant, and from the applicant’s citizenship knowledge test results.

Under coming changes, citizenship applicants will be required to submit the results of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, and score at least 4.0 and 4.5 on the speaking and listening portions, respectively.

In order for applicants to demonstrate French language proficiency, they will be required to submit the results of the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF), and score at least 181 and 145 on the speaking and listening portions.

Applicants can have the language test requirement waived if they can show evidence of having completed secondary or post-secondary education in English or French.

The new language requirements will only apply to applicants aged 18-54.

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326 Responses to New Language Requirements For Canadian Citizenship Coming into Effect November 1st

  1. Saeid says:

    some websites have published the new system for language proficiency in English or French(IELTS & TEF) for example if one need 20 points for language he/she must achieve 7.5 for listening and 6.5 for other skills ,so regard to it do you think this information are mocks as CIC decided to issue new information on 1,November?
    Thanks in advance

    • CICS Immigration editor says:

      The requirements mentioned in this article are for obtaining Canadian Citizenship, not Permanent Residence.

      The requirements you’ve seen in other websites are for qualifying for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which grants Permanent Residence.

      Getting Permanent Residence is the first step in becoming a Canadian citizen, and is usually what people refer to when talking about ‘immigrating to Canada’.

      • ilesh sharma says:

        hi this is ilesh Sharma

        i am ITI holder and i have 20 years of fitter experience with 4.5 bands in ielts. i had applied for Canada but they haven’t replied yet so what should i do i am aged 48 i dont have much time.
        am eligible for the PR requirements?

  2. Saeid says:

    Thank you for your help and consideration,if you have further information about score system of IELTS I would be grateful if you could send me to my email.
    any reply will be appreciated.

  3. zak says:

    i sent in my application for citizenship…. i signed the application oct 20 and paid the fees nov 7th… will they still accept my application without having to do a language test i wrote them a letter explaining my lateness and i had to go threw surgery although the application was signed oct 20 and fees paid nov 7 will they still accept it?

  4. Chaminda says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am a Srilankan who is going to apply as work permit to Alberta and I have done my IELTS exam and my result is L-5.0, R-3.5, W-5.0, S-5.5 Overall 5.0 .

    Please let me know this result will enough to apply work permit to Canada?

    • CICS Immigration editor says:

      Hi Chaminda, you do not need to meet any language proficiency requirements to obtain a work permit in Canada.

      • A Louis says:

        I am applying for citizenship and my scores in ILETS were:
        Listening: 3.5
        overall: 4.5
        would those results be enough or should I take it again??

  5. Chaminda says:

    Yes but last time I applied for work permit and refused my application because that application was not completed, not included enough documents also last time I submitted my IELTS result that band score is only 4.0. Therefore, my consultant has advice me do IELTS so I got that 5.0 in this time.

    my consultant got that CAIPS note from Canada and on that had mentioned about my previous IELTS result is poor of 4.0

    Please reply me with answer

    • CICS Immigration editor says:

      There is no minimum language requirement for Canadian work permits, but it’s possible Immigration Officers will take IELTS results into account when reviewing the case. Your improved IELTS could help you in a new application, but there is no guarantee it will result in an approval.

  6. Chaminda says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have been worked at Saudi Arabia for six and half years from 2003 to till 2010
    and I had a girl friend there but as Saudi Law not allowed a girl friend. One day I went met for her in 2005.

    However, that sponsor of my girl friend called to police and arrested me for 2 days and that incident happened on Wednesday and next couple days weekend in Saudi Arabia

    Therefore, Saturday my sponsor come and took me out. Now my question is I must get Police clearance report from Saudi if they will mentioned that incident on Police report that will affect to my work permit application?

    Please reply my these questions.

    Thanking You,

  7. Bhavesh patel says:

    Yes but last time I applied for mpnp online and refused my application because
    ” You did not meet the minimum language ability of the Priority Stream. Under the eligibility criteria, you indicated that you will submit an IELTS result with a minimum score of 5. However, the IELTS result that you provided shows that you only received an overall band score of 4.5. ”

    My close relative in manitoba last three year and my IELTS Score is 4.5 band.
    (1) My question is I have reapply in paper base file in general stream

    Please reply me with answer

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  9. Elaine says:

    We took languange assessment through WELARC’s Benchmark here in Manitoba, isn’t that recognized to apply for Canadian Citizenship? Thanks

    • CICS Immigration editor says:

      Unfortunately not. Only the CELPIP and IELTS are accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

      • Mushtaq Ahmed says:

        Dear Sir
        I m going to apply for Canadian Immigration in entrepreneurship
        category, Do I need to have Language proficiency score to get Canadian Immigration. Or I have to have English language ability for citizenship only . Mushtaq

      • sathya says:

        Hi i got ielts score like L 5.5, R 5.5, W 4.5 AND S 5.5 and i finished my masters in public administration, having 7+ years work expereice. pls tell me how can i apply for canada pr.

      • Gurpreet says:

        I done my IELTS in April 2009 and my citizen is due in November 2013, can I still use that result or I have to do IELTS test again? thank you in advance.

  10. Dhams Patel says:

    Please, let me know how much IELTS band required to apply Canada work permit from India?

  11. Assiar says:

    Hello, i applied for citizenship last august 2012. I received their reply and the booklet. I wonder if they will still require me to take the english exam? I am currently enrolled in a college now in calgary.

  12. Oyalade says:

    Hello’ how many point of ielts band can some 1 need for canada immigration, under federal skill worker program.

  13. Abdul says:

    Hello CICS Immigration editor.. Please, let me know how much IELTS band is required to apply for Canada permanent residence from India????? How much total points are required to be eligible to move permanently to Canada. Please Reply……… Also please just mention about the work permit in Canada

  14. catherine says:

    Good day!Im Catherine a Filipino and married,currently working here in saudi together with my husband and we have a one child.I am a nurse and my husband is a civil engineer.I just want to ask if is it necessary for us to take an ielts if were gonna migrate there in Canada?

    • TimCan says:

      Regardless or whatever qualifications you have you still need to prove your language proficiency in applying as a Skilled Worker in Canada.

  15. Jignesh says:


    I am going to apply for Canadian Citizenship may be in May 2013. I had taken my IELTS in 2002 and achieved 5.0. Will this certificate valid for my coming citizenship file?

    I will appreciate your response.

    Thanking you


  16. Ramon says:

    Greetings. I am a 56 year old man trying to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Do I need to apply for that language assessment program in order for my aplocation to be processed?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      No you do not need to demonstrate proficiency in English or French, as you are over 54.

      • Ansel says:

        Hello, I am over 54 yr old, I took a diploma course in Ontario. Do I have to provide the transcript of records to apply for citizenship? Do I have to declare my education here in Ontario in the application form? I am exempted as far age is concerned.

  17. Agha Abu talib says:

    Please, let me know how much IELTS band required to apply Canada (B.C) work permit from Pakistan?

  18. Kamaldeep Kaur says:

    Hi my name is kamal I want to knw about French language score bec I have Ilets 5.5and how many points I need in French language thx

  19. Charmaine says:

    Hi. Good day!

    I want to know if my husband still needs to pass an IeLTS result at the CIC even after having an approved nominee program in MAnitoba? Did we read it right that the copy of the result is only needed if the applicant is at level c or d at the NOC?

    BTW, my husband and i are both registered nurses here in the philippines and graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

    • Grace Chalmas says:

      I am a nurse but my spouse is High School undergrad,does he need to take the ielts too?I have relatives in Manitoba but we prefer to apply as FSW & want to choose Manitoba as our destination,is that possible even if Manitoba is under nominee program?

  20. ynnah says:

    Good day. I would just like to ask if I still need to take IELTS from the Philippines to apply for MPNP under family support stream? I am a taking up my master’s degree now. All delivered in English, even my post secondary degree is in English except for 4 subjects in mother tongue. I read that I can get a certification from my school. Thank you very much. Have a lovely day!

  21. Tahir Abdullah says:

    Hi Dear,

    I have to LMO visa from canada for the job on Convience Store.Do I need to apply for that language assessment program (ILETS) in order for my aplicatrion to be processed?

    Educational Background:

    BCS (Computer Scicence)

    With Respect
    Tahir Abdullah

  22. Sharif-Uddin says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am going to applyy for the skill labor immigration in Canada this year in May 13, I am going for ILET myself, does my wife also need to pass the ILET?

    Please advise.


  23. abdul says:

    Would you please tell me what type of IELTS test(general/academic) is required
    For canadian immigration/ skilled worker program?


  24. navuking says:

    I have done
    I have 2 years experience
    I have 6.5 bands in speaking and 6.5 listening
    2 children under 12 age
    study undergraduate
    4 years experience
    age 25
    how many bands i need in french

  25. Tamara de costa says:

    what is the new essential score required in the IELTS exam as an applicant in skilled federal worker class as a nurse in this new cic rule in 2013?how much should my total essential pts come to?(i hv more than a yr experience..i hv relatives in canada…i scored 6.5 overall in d gen ielts exams…)Pls reply as soon as possible..Thanks

  26. Raminder says:


    i have cleared the Ielts as overall 6.5 bands (L6, R6, W5.5 S7.5). I am going to apply for MPNP, Please suggest that is spouse also have to clear the ielts for MPNP or not.

  27. Ignacio says:


    I have passed my IELTS Academic exam with L 6.5 R 8.5 W 6.0 S 6.5 (Overall 7.0), in November 2012. Do I have to pass a IELTS General Training exam to apply for the FSWP?

    Thank you.

  28. moby says:

    Dear Sir,
    m aplyng for Student visa in Canada at the end of thz year from Pakistan
    i just wana kno how much IELTS score m gona need….?
    your kind reply will be apreciated

    Thanking you

  29. Hi Hello says:

    Hi im a nurse for 5 years here in ph, I will take the ielts exam this march and to be passed on may does my husband also needs to take the ielts exam? he took the exam and got only 4.5 overall is that passed? please reply

    And i got sponsorship points from my brother in canada..

    regarding with my post, If i passed the ielts exam and my spouse got only 4.5 in ielts. will that be enough for canada to accept our papers this may? please reply..

  30. moby says:

    Hi guys,
    can anyone would like to tell me, is IELTS compulsory for studying in Canada & what is the level of band required…??

    Thanking You

  31. Jayvee says:

    I’m working now as a caregiver here in Manitoba not a permanent resident, still Working Visa holder and I’m planning to get my husband and my son through Spousal Sponsorship when I met the required hours of work…do we need to take IELTS for Spousal Sponsorship?
    I will appreciate your response.
    Thank you so much.

  32. justin08 says:

    Me & my family are applying through FSW,is it a must for my husband to take the IELTS too when i’m the principal applicant?

  33. Ancy says:

    Dear Sir,
    We are intrested in getting PR to Canada and would like to know whether spouse aslo required to clear IELTS? Appreciate you guidance,

  34. ann says:

    Hi! Is it final that the FSW will open this coming May 04, 2013? does the wife need to take the ielts for additional points for the husband who is the main applicant? Even if the wife is college degree holder? my husband’s band score is only 7. thanks!

  35. viva says:

    I want to apply for Citizenship. Right now I’m in the third year of my PhD studies. I have my expired academic IELTS. Do you know if immigration accepts the academic IELts or not. If not can I provide them a letter from university instead? It’s really confusing as they mentioned degree completion in cic website.
    Thank you

  36. Aman says:

    Hi I’m applying for Canadian citzenship in may 2013, and I’m just wondering where can I go for my language test? I live in surrey bc

  37. Adeel says:

    Hello. I just want to know that i got UK bechlor degree. How many language point i will get or Still i need IETS to apply for immigration to canada?? Thanks bye

  38. Alice says:

    I am a university graduate from Nigeria. I have been tutored in English language from primary school to the university. Do I still need the ielts general exams to apply as a Federal skilled worker? Your response would be appreciated. Thank you.

  39. Tapinder says:


    I want to know that with new changes do we still have to get 5 bands in ielts for family stream mpnp( it used to be minimum criteria until April 1st). I don’t see thus reference anymore in manitoba immigration website.


  40. Hassan Nasser says:

    Dear sir: hi I got my results for ielts general and I’m applying for citizenship and my results is :L4-R4-W5-S7 .band 5 .my question is can I apply now for the citizenship thanks.

    • Eliniel dy says:

      Hi! i am a permanent residence card holder in Saskatchewan since july 2010 and I am going to apply for Canadian Citizenship this Oct 2013, and one of the requirements is the language test. I had taken my IELTS in 2010 with an overall score of 6.0 and i submitted my ielts certificate together with my application for permanent residence wayback 2010. Will this certificate valid for my coming citizenship file?

      I will appreciate your immediate reply.

      Thank you,

  41. jiju says:

    hi sir,
    I have scored ielts band 6.5, L 5.5.R6.5,W.7,S 6.5. Is it possible for me to apply for PR


  42. jiju says:

    HI SIR.
    I have scored Ielts band 6.5 ( W-7, R-6.5,L-5.5,S-6.5) Is it possible for me to apply for PR.


  43. Hassan Nasser says:

    Hassan Nasser says:
    April 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm
    Dear sir: hi I got my results for ielts general and I’m applying for citizenship and my results is :L4-R4-W5-S7 .band 5 .my question is can I apply now for the citizenship thanks.

  44. bob says:

    I got a total ielts band score of 5 .iam elgible to ang immigrant pls rply bec the agency im applying for requires me to have an 6 in every category as the principal wid my wife

  45. Paras Bagthalia says:

    Hi CICS,

    My Name is Paras, my Nationality is Indian and I am in United Kingdom for 7 years.

    I am planning to apply for Canada Permanent Residency. My question is do i need to take IELTS Exam, if i am English Speaking country for more then 7 years?

    Thanks in Advance.

  46. Lucia says:

    looks like I need to go through this language testing now to apply for my citizenship, so wondering what my options are other than to travel 1152 km down to Vancouver from Northern BC to take that test??? Looks like all the centers where the acceptable test could be done are in just a few big cities in the whole country. Did they have this in mind while creating this new rule, people living far North, far from all the testing centers, in the middle of nowhere in Canada????

  47. Eugene says:

    My wife will be the principal applicant and I will be the dependent and the question is do I still need to take the IELTS exam?

  48. alex says:

    hi, i got my results

    l- 8.5
    r- 5.5
    w – 7.5
    s- 7

    can i go ahead and apply PR or i have to go for a retake to improve the reading ?
    can someone guide me

  49. Masood says:

    Dear Help Desk ,

    Kindly let me know is there any relaxation in IELTS Score due to 12 years of Experience for the immigration in skilled worker program from Pakistan. and over all education is in english.

    any help will be appreciated

  50. angeldegala says:

    Hi CIC,

    My boyfriend’s aunt will sponsor me and my boyfriend. My boyfriend will be the principal applicant and I will be the dependent/spouse we’re applying as common law partner and the question is do I still need to take the IELTS exam?

  51. rosa says:

    Good day,i have a question regarding my citizenship process,i applied 2 months ago and CIC sent me back all my documents as an incomplete documents and they mentioned that my language evidence is not acceptable but i completed my french courses in 2010 and i sent them my transcripts and a copy of my certificate from immigration et communite culturelle(MICC),and i don’t know what is problem, maybe CIC needs my original certificate !
    please help me

  52. shakeel says:

    can any one tell me what is min IELTS Band requirement LMO according to new canadian immigartion policy,
    Abdullha did you apply thorugh any consulting company

  53. Abid Mahmood says:


    I am working in USA since more than 5 years. I want to apply Canadian Immigration as Skilled Worker. Do I still need to do IELTS?


  54. salman says:

    Respected Sir,

    i am going to apply for immigration in this month.i have done IELTS with 6 bands(general).Is it enough for skill worker immigration? will my wife have to appear in IELTS Exam too?
    awaiting for your kind reply

  55. zeeshan says:

    Dear Sir/Madam;
    i have applied for ALBERTA NOMINEES PROGRAM but now my case is in Canadian high commission in London and they required some document. i need to ask how much band in IELTS (GENERAL TRAINING )required further process.
    plz help

  56. Bola says:

    I studied a masters degree in the UK, 2008. Do i still require IELTS test to confirm my english proficiency? I am applying as a skilled workers for Canadian immigration from Africa. Regards.

  57. Nari says:

    Hi sir it’s Nari by profession iam chef so can u tell me plz how much band (ielts)are required for Canadian permanent residence ship

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  59. jeremiah says:

    Good day cic,

    I applied under manitoba provincial nominee program(family support) last june 18, 2012 and got confirmation the following day.. file number was under noc skill C.. ielts was not a requirement then..i finished my college in the philippines.. july 1, 2012 was when they implemented the ielts..i received the approval last nov 2012 and submiited my documents in cic last jan 2013.. they returned my document last may 28, 2013 stating that language proficiency is needed..its confusing because at the time of my application under mpnp, ielts was never indicated so i did not take it.. i assumed that im not part of the new requirement.. what can i do now? Pls help me..

  60. Mani says:

    Sir i have one question.
    Is academic ielts acceptable in manitoba provincial nomniee?

  61. mariane says:

    Do you know where to take the test?

  62. Ola says:

    what is the Minimum over all score for IELTS general in order to be able to apply for Canada Immigration 2013?

    Thank you

  63. Tazeen says:

    So only speaking n listening portion of the islts
    Are to be given for the citizenship application to process ?? No reading n writing to be given ???
    Are ther specific test centers for this ?? Or can it be given
    Anywhere ??
    Are we supposed to tell them that this is for citizenship purpose ??
    Please let me know at your earliest !

  64. Annie Dutta says:

    Hi Dear,
    I have a query regarding the language requirement for citizenship application.
    I have completed my Honours and Masters in English Language from Dhaka University in Bangladesh. I have all the certificates and transcripts. So, should I go to LINC to get the level 4 certificate. Please let me know as early as possible.
    Thanks for your cooperation.

  65. my name is johnson,i am a welder, i am working in a indian factory,my IELTS SCORE lis-3.5,read-4.5,wri-4,spe-3. so i need, to permenent stay in CANADA.OR how much ielts score permenent stay to canada?. pls help me sir.

  66. sonam says:

    dear sir,
    plz tell me there is a sureity to get pr after crossing ielts exam with good number of bands

  67. sonam says:

    Dear sir, what type of documents required to get pr in canada after passing ielts exam

  68. Roma Ephraim says:

    Hey !
    I’m from Pakistan and I applied for spouse visa as my husband is in Canada . We applied in July 2012 and we got the first stage approval in October . I wanted to ask how much more time this whole immigartion process will take as it has already been a year. Second do I need to do IELTS ?

  69. naser says:

    i have 1sr digree in math in 1994 , i’m 40 years old , i hve 18 years experince teaching math , i have 4 children , i get 5.0 in ielts
    what is my chance in imimgration?

  70. rey says:

    im 45 years old and i’ve been working in canada as a cook for almost 6 years but still not PR i took my ielts last year and got a score of question is can i apply for a permanent residency the fact that my ielts score is 4.5?.please help

  71. Tilisa says:

    Hi there,
    I am from the U.K. I speak English as my first and ONLY language. I have been in Canada since 2004. I sent my Citizenship papers off about 2 1/2 months ago and have just received it back in the mail saying the Language Proof portion is un-acceptable. I submitted a COPY of my High school transcript proving I took EVERY class in ENGLISH. Why would my papers come back?? Do I need to submit an ORIGINAL high school transcript?

  72. rey says:

    anyone can answer my inquiry please?

  73. Sunny Patel says:

    Hi to all …. I just want a inqury…
    I am sunny from uk .. I want to apply for Canada nominee programm. I have completed MBA in London and currently working . Do I need to give ielts again ..?

  74. Jimmy says:

    Is there change regarding Ielts band for Winnipeg Immigrants?

  75. Howard says:

    I am an IELTS teacher in Israel and I have a student who lived in Canada for 3 years, he left for a year and now wants to return to Canada permanently. Please could you advise me as to whether or not he needs to take the IELTS test. I have been given conflicting reports and I cannot find a clear answer anywhere.
    Many thanks,

  76. Moary Joanne Eleazar says:

    Hi, I want to apply my brother here in Winnipeg as Provincial Nominee. What is the total score that he needs for the IELTS? Thanks!

  77. veerpal sidhu says:

    sir I am an IT engineer graduate … many bands I need to get in ielts

  78. huma says:

    hi. i wanted yo know if CIC accepts Academic IELTS results for citizenship card application?

  79. santosh says:

    Dear Sir,

    I would like know that my wife is General Nurse and she is working in kuwait, now my question is how many band she need to get to migrate canada with husband and kid. her husband is having dipploma working also. just let me know in rply my e-mail address.

  80. amjad says:

    I am PR, sponsored by my wife, want to apply for Citizenship. Right now I’m in the fifth year of my PhD studies . I have my expired academic IELTS, which was done on Dec 2007. Do you know if immigration accepts the academic IELts or i have to apply for the general one . If not can I provide them a letter from university instead? It’s really confusing as they mentioned degree completion in cic website.
    Thank you

  81. gagandeep says:

    hello …. I want to apply for work permit in Manitoba please tell me in which stream I passed my ILETS ( academic or general) and how much I score needed ??

  82. Yeboah says:

    Wrote IELTS and had speaking = 6.5 reading = 5.5 writing = 5.5 reading 4.5 do i qualify for federal skilled workers program?

  83. Zahra Sargi says:

    what is the Minimum over all score for IELTS general in order to be able to apply for Canadian citizenship 2013?

  84. Ramandeep says:

    Hi Sir,

    I am preparing for General IELTS as I want a work permit for canada and PR also.I have done my and have an 4.5 years experience in Digital Marketing.please help me and provide me th complete detail how many bands are required for Canada for PR

  85. rajat bhalla says:

    sir i have been completed my 10+2 from non med stream and now i practising the ielts … so tell me how much bands i want to go for further study in Canada plse tell me as soon as possible thanks

  86. Emma says:

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    I am a little confused, I have applied for a federal skilled workers visa in Canada and I am wondering do I need to do an ILETS test? I am from the UK and English is my only language and I am currently living in Australia does that make any difference?

  87. litzi says:

    My aunt who lives in Manitoba wants to sponsor me to go to Canada. My application would be under MANITOBA FAMILY SUPPORT STREAM. Is IELTS still required? Thanks

  88. Fahmi says:

    I’ve applied for (SINP) Family stream .Please Guide me about the IELTS score required according to (SINP)

  89. mutharasan says:

    hi,I am mutharasan …….i got my IELTS band average score of 5.0
    listening -5.0

    can i apply for semi-skilled woeker as a food counter attendant in canada

  90. Gaurav says:

    my ielts score is L5.5 , R 6, W 5.5, S5.5
    i have done can i apply for study visa in canada?

  91. Osmany says:

    Hello. I came to Canada under the Skilled Worker Visa and of course I had to take an IELTS test which I still keep although I am not sure if it expires at some point. I also have a Bachelor’s degree on English Language and Literature (5 years) which is in my country a university degree. Do I still need to do another test to prove I am English literate?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Ajit says:

      NO you don’t have to do the test again.
      Go to the site and you will read there that if you have done the IELTS exam it will be accepted even if it has expired.

  92. Ivy says:

    Hi I would like to ask if my sister in law does need to take the ielts.she and her family would like to apply here in Winnipeg under provincial nominee.

    So do you think she need this?


  93. Cherry says:

    I have my permanent immigrant 2005.
    Do I need to have an IELTS test? If I apply for my Canadian citizenship?


  94. y h patel says:

    which band require for workpermit canada (electrician )

  95. Zeeshan says:

    dear friends,
    I need some help.I got a 4.5 bands in ielts exam and i wish that i am studying in canada.Is it possible or not Help me and tell me a good way.My full score card are Listening 5 writing 4.5 Reading 4 Speaking 5

  96. Jaswinder says:

    Hello Sir,
    Do i need a IELTS score to apply a work permit in Canada from India. If yes how much should i have to score.

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      Hello there,

      It depends on the job you are doing. There is no minimum requirement, but the visa officer will take into consideration your language skills for the job you are doing. Normally, language skills lower than 4.0 in IELTS is not good.

      CICS Team

  97. Rama A. says:

    Dear sir
    I am about to apply to get my canadian citizenship. In terms of language requirments I have a masters degree from concordia university in montreal . Is it enough proof for english professiency or do I still need to take an exam?

  98. akopoyun says:

    hi! good day! I would like to ask if my IELTS examination for general training will expired on January 2014, can I still use it for my application this December 2013? I also took Academic but as I read GT is the only required, my only concern is that it will expired on January 2014. Thanks and more power.

  99. Divya says:

    I have 6+yrs of exp in software testing and i want work visa plus pr for canada
    .my ielts score is overall band 7 .

    Could you please please guide me to proceed further and check my eligibity in canada for software testing

  100. Minnah says:

    Hi, I took my CELPIP (LS) test and ny scores are
    Listening 5H
    Speaking 3H, so my question is do my scores
    qualify to apply for Canadian Citizenship? Am a
    PR though.

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      Please see CIC site for citizenship and language requirement. Otherwise, go to services and have one of our consultants respond to your questions.

  101. manveer kaur says:

    i want in canada for job and pr .i get overall 4.50 band. le 4.5,sp 5.o ,wr 5.5 ,re 3.50. can u help me

  102. manthan says:

    hellooo sir my self manthan patel i am from india gujarat sir i have applyed for workpermit in canada saskatchewan regina my agent told me i will get 2 year of work visa after 2 year if i want to apply for pr then i have to give only ielts or any another exam is available sir my eduaction is diploma mechanical engg and i am married and my wife come with me on dependent visa so what you say sir in my case
    thanks you

  103. Mandeep kaur says:

    Hi there, my ielts result in General is L-6.5, R-5.5, W-7, S-6.5, I did MSc in maths, B.Ed and have 1 year experience of teaching. Please can u tell me that is it possible to apply canada pr in any state? I will appreciate for reply.

  104. Jagtar singh says:

    Please, let me know how much
    IELTS band required to apply
    Canada (B.C) P.R from India ?

  105. Jagtar singh says:

    I have 7 years experience in cook (chef).
    Please, let me know how much
    IELTS band required to apply
    Canada (B.C) P.R from India.

  106. amy says:


    My husband has a relative in Manitoba who will sponsor him under the provincial nominee program. Since he is the principal applicant, am I required to take the IELTS.


  107. Larisa says:

    If I completed highschool in Canada do I still have to write the citizenship test?

  108. amy says:

    My husband has a relative in Manitoba who will sponsor him under the provincial nominee program. Since he is the principal applicant, he was the one who took the IELTS and already passed it. I am included in the application as his wife, am I required to take the IELTS too?


  109. fjolla says:

    I’m applying for canadian citizenship.I’m not certain if I can send my academic IELTS results L 5.5, W 5.0,R 6.0. S 7.5 .It says that I must take the general test.Please if someone could give me helpful information it would be very appreciated thank you!

  110. Gayathri says:

    I’ve done TOEFL exam last year for my university admission in Canada. I’ve applied for Student Visa. I’ve received a message from immigration asking me to upload my IELTS results sheet. I’ve submitted TOEFL result & sent e-mails to the immigration that I’ve done only TOEFL, but until now there is no reply. I would like to know whether I’ve to do IELTS, If so Which one Should I do? General Training or Academic?

  111. Anna says:

    I am an English teacher in Poland. I have a Master deegree – American literature. I am completing my PhD course everything from Bachelor to PhD has been taught in English. Now I want to move to Canada. Do I have to pass a language proficiency test?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      Yes you do. Also, your work experience must match one of the accepted occupations, which it does not. If you do not, then you must have a job offer from a Canadian company.

  112. ranjit kaur says:

    Sir’ I got 5.5 band in general reading 4.5 listening 5 writing 5.5 speaking 6 I have 4 year experience as a staff nurse, can I apply for P.R with my family my husband & my 2 year baby for Saskatchewan

  113. renren says:

    anyone can advice me if i am qualified for Federal Skilled Trade Program. my ielts test result i got .. listening =4.5
    Reading = 4.0
    Writing= 5
    I NEED YOUR HELP AND ADVICE…thank you so much.

  114. Guileano says:

    Hello I just have my celpip test done my score is speaking 3h and listening 5h but on the immigration website it says you need at least 4 on both. Now my question it’s I’m applying for the canadian citizenship but I don’t know if I past. The requirement it level 4 or 4 low. Please can somebody advise. Thank you

  115. Nagendra says:

    Are there any changes regarding IELTS on work permit. Actually it’s not required for work permit but i just been to above discussion and saw that some officers are asking for it. Please clear me.

  116. Aina Fajardo says:

    Hi! I would like to ask if I still have to take IELTS even if I have a copy of my transcript and diploma with degree in BS Accountancy issued abroad (Philippines)? My friends told me that I still have to take IELTS just to make sure that my application won’t be sent back.. Hope you can help me out, I don’t want to take the risk but at the same time I’d rather save the money that I need to spend on taking IELTS.. thank you so much and GodBless!

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      If you can prove that the program you took at university was in English, then it’s okay. Otherwise, you would need to show an English test result.

  117. Chirag Patel says:

    Hi sir,

    My name is chiragpatel.i give IELTS exam ,I have 5 band .Will i CIC process?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      For FSW, you need at least 6.0. that’s considering you are qualified as far as work experience.

  118. Gaudencio Jr. Moscoso Marasigan says:

    Good day! As of now I’am completing my CIC application and it is indicated on the documents checklist that proof of language is needed on the application. I would like to ask if it is needed to have an IELTS even I’ve already received the Letter of Approval of Manitoba and indicated on that letter that my National Occupational Classification is 121?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:


      • Gaudencio Jr. Moscoso Marasigan says:

        I graduated Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. Based on the document checklist NOC C and D are required for an IELTS.. On my research NOC 121 will fall under NOC B, still do i need an IELTS? If i will submit my Certificate of medium of instruction from my university, it will be accepted? Thanks..

      • Tara says:

        Good Day Sir, My husband band score is 5.5 and mine is 6 band
        m i eligible for canada PR immigration. And my husband is the primary applicant having a total work exp. of 18 yrs.

        Pls help us.

  119. M.S.Raja says:

    Would you please tell me what type of IELTS test(general/academic) is required
    For LMO to Alberta NOC 6611 category D?


  120. stephanie says:

    Good day!

    I’m Stephanie from Philippines. My husband and I were applying for Permanent Residence at Manitoba Canada. I want to know if what is the passing score/band on IELTS exam. We have relatives in Manitoba Canada. They said that I’m the only one who need to take IELTS exam because I’m the Principal Applicant I’ve graduated Bachelor of Information Technology while my husband is only vocational course..Is it ok that im the only one will take eilts exam???Is it ok that my husband will not take exam for ielts?? We have our application already and some requirements. The only thing we need is my language proficiency but im worried about the passing score and about the case of my husband..
    Please kindly reply…
    Any feedback from you is greatly appreciated….

    Thank you so much…

  121. genevieve kirby says:

    Good Day!

    I’m being sponsored by my husband to be with him in AB, Canada. In time, I also would like to practice my profession as a nurse in their. I would like to know if there’s a need for me to take IELTS?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      For the sponsorship application, no. For qualifying for a nursing license, yes. Best to get in touch with the regulatory body for RN’s for license requirements.

  122. M.S.Raja says:

    Would you please tell me what type of IELTS test(general/academic) is required
    For LMO to Alberta NOC 6611 category D?


  123. faiza says:

    i have my master of arts degree in english from pakistan do i need to take third party test for citizenship application

  124. Dear sir/madam,
    i got the bandscore overall 5.0 my L-5.0,R-4.5,W-5.0,S-5.5 ….It is possible to find work in canada?Can i ask the bandscore in canada for working?

    Yours faithfully,

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      You first need a job offer from a Canadian company before you can apply for a work permit. This job offer should be validated by the Canadian government. The process is called Labour Market Opinion.


      CICS Team

  125. Rahman M says:

    Hello, I need an advise in this forum:

    I will apply for Canadian citizenship soon. I have a concern on language proof. I have done my Bachelor degree (hons) in Management from Dhaka University Bangladesh. My certificate and transcript (mark sheet) is issued in english. But CIC website says that the degree courses has to be in english.

    My question is, I have studied my subject’s courses in english as subject like Management is only taught in english but it is not written in the certificate. Any advise that my degree certificate will be accepted by CIC?

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      From our experience, it will most likely not be approved. We recommend that you write the English test.

      CICS Team

  126. sir please sponser me i have 6 band

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      No one can sponsor you. It doesn’t work that way. We are available for consultation to give you a better understanding of how Canadian immigration works.

      CICS Team

      • A Louis says:

        I am applying for citizenship and my scores in ILETS were:
        Listening: 3.5
        overall: 4.5
        would those results be enough or should I take it again??
        or is there any phone number I can call to figure this out ?

  127. Chris says:

    I am undergraduate in a toronto university. I have done GCE (Ordinary Level) and GCE (Advanced Level) Edexcel and Cambridge examinations. Do I need to do have any other language proof when applying for Canadian citizenship?

  128. CHELSEA L says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am a Canadian, however, I have a Mexican friend who has worked in Canada for 5 years as a mechanic with approved work permits. He just recently completed his IELTS exam and got a band score of 4. what is the next step?? Permanent Residency?? Or can he apply for Canadian citizenship?? So many steps to this process.
    Thanks for the help =)

  129. js randhawa says:

    I,Have a 6 year canadian experience of indian cook, now I have a lmo from restaruant alberta, I apply for work permit from india, so I need ilets test or not

  130. rajvir singh says:

    sir i had completed my study in 2012 then i gave ielts exam in next year and got 5.5 bands tell me sir
    am i eligiblefor canadian study visa

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      It depends on the school and program’s criteria for entrance criteria. Most university require 6.5 for entrance, but you must look at that in order to find out.

  131. sam says:

    I have done my bachelor’s degree in english language in back home. In canada I did part time trade course for 6 month. So still do I need clb, ielts…test to get my I am permanant resident for 3 years in canada

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      You must show proof that your program was in English. Have a look at the Citizenship guide for more info.

  132. K.T.Patel says:

    I am a PR and came to Canada as Federally Skilled Worker. I was the main applicant for FSW and my wife the secondary applicant. I had given IELTS as the main applicant. Now I and my wife are applying for citizenship. Does my wife need to give her language proof also, or my language proof is good enough.


  133. Imelda Cajanding says:

    When I submitted my Permanent Residence I took IELTS and the result is 6.5. Can I use the same result in filing my Citizenship

  134. Asim says:


    I am trying to apply for federal skilled Work experience Visa now i get my IELTS resul as under

    Listening 5.5
    Reading 5
    Writing 6
    Speaking 6.5

    Overall 6 bans
    Am i eligible?as my all documents R ready and m try for Finance and analyst category. Plz advise Fast.

    Thank You

  135. harinder says:

    i am done the diploma in electronics and communication engg and 2 year experience

  136. harinder says:

    I have done my diploma in ECE
    I have 2 years experience
    I have 5 bands in speaking and 4.5 listening
    age 25
    but you must look at that in order to find out.

  137. Babar says:

    Sir i want to knw i have been nominated recently under family member category from saskatchewan my noc fall in A .AS I have been GIVEN NOC1111 in my nomination sir plz tell me tht i have 6 bands in ielts will it be acceptable to federal??? Plaz let me knw waiting ur kind reply

  138. Venkat says:

    Hi Sir,

    I am currently working in Canada for last 22 months on work permit. I have completed my Master’s degree (MCA) in India (In English). Still do I need go for IELTS test for appling the PR ? if yes can you please help me what are minimum score i need to score

    Thanks in advance

  139. Swati Aras says:

    I was going through the application guide ( ) which says –

    If your first language is not English or French, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration requires all applicants in the Regional Labour Market Demand stream to submit written proof, explanation or language testing results demonstrating that a minimum standard of CLB/NCLC Level 5 has been met, which consists of meeting the
    minimum levels for each competency listed below.

    Written proof or explanation may be verified by one or more of the following:

     Educational transcripts or other documentation indicating English or French as the principal language of instruction.
     Employment history and references indicating English or French as the principal language of communication.

    I have studied in English medium throughout, and have worked with software companies where the mode of communication was English. Do I still need to take up IELTS?

  140. Shaggy says:

    Hi there,
    As I compeleted 3 years living in Canada, me and my family are about to apply for Canadian citizenship, and I have my english 12 with C result. My question is if my Emglish 12 is approval for being a citizen in Canada and furthermore, I have graduated from highschool recently.

  141. Ads says:

    I just want to know when came to Canada thru skilled workers, I have submitted my IELTS test form with band of 6.5. Do I still need the IELTS test for applying Canadian Citizenship.

  142. Yets says:

    I have a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from top 5 universities in US with a Bachelor’s in India in Civil Engineering. I had been in same field (inclusive of education) for 12 years. I had given TOEFL (2006). Can I get a Waiver?

    I am planing to apply for Skilled Labor PR for Canada (opened may 1-4, 2014). I dont have enough time to write the exam even if I want to. Please guide if should I file the application or not?

    Thanks in advance.

  143. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My GT IELTS scores are Listening-6,Reading-5.5,Writing-7,Speaking-4.5,overall -6

    I am Mechanical engineer with 6 years relevant experience.
    Am i eligible for PNP CANADA MANITOBA under federal skilled worker (PR).?

    My age is 28 years & i m 2007 pass out.


  144. H.M says:

    I done my CELPIP-LS test ,and my score is enough to get Canadian Citizenship.So should I send any other secondary or post-secondary school certificate with my application or CELPIP test results are enough?

  145. Arun says:

    My wife is the principle applicant under FSW Permanent Resident and she has taken the ielts with an overall band of 6.5.
    I was a student in the USA for 3.5 years and I also have a ” Transport Canada – Aviation Document Booklet ” which says I am ” English Proficient “.

    Should I take ielts too?

  146. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My GT IELTS scores are Listening-6,Reading-5.5,Writing-7,Speaking-4.5,overall -6

    I am Mechanical engineer with 6 years relevant experience.
    Am i eligible for PNP CANADA MANITOBA under federal skilled worker (PR)?

    My age is 28 years & i m 2007 pass out.


  147. Sham Muthian says:

    Hi, i submitted my application in June 2013 and was returned as the cap got filled. My ielts expire Jan 2014. When the new cap was announced i have re-registered for ielts and the earliest available date is June 2014. Can i submit my expired ielts and attach and explanation note to support my reason to? Pls advise. Thx

  148. Mohammad Islam says:

    I have completed my 2 years Master’s degree in USA. I’m working in a software company for last 6 months. Do I have to provide the proof of language proficiency?

  149. shahrukh says:

    I am applying for Canadian immigration .however I have a 4 yr undergrad degree from uni of Toronto

    Do I need to have the ielts test taken to proof my English. I already did a test in 2011 which was high in numbers

    • CICS Immigration Editor says:

      Everyone must do the IELTS. You will need IELTS General that is less than 2 years old.

  150. gurmeet singh says:

    I got 4.5 band in ielts could you tell me any university accept me..

  151. Dear Sir/Madam,

    My GT IELTS scores are Listening-6,Reading-5.5,Writing-7,Speaking-4.5,overall -6

    I am Mechanical engineer with 6 years relevant experience.
    Am i eligible for PNP CANADA MANITOBA under federal skilled worker (PR).?

    My age is 28 years & i m 2007 pass out


  152. Noor says:


    I am applying as a Skilled Worker for Canada this year, but I got in IELTS 6.5 total
    L: 5
    R: 7.5
    W: 6.5
    S: 6.5

    my only low is Listening.. Do you believe they can accept it as I am translator and my main study is English Literature .
    note: this is the 6th test I do , all previous Listening results were 6.5 or 7.

    thank you

  153. Nadir says:

    I have given ielts in last November but with academic not general…in the cic website, I see that they are looking for general stream only…

    Do I have to retake the test in general or the result of academic will also work?

  154. Dinesh says:

    I heard that applicants who are having IELTS Academic certificates have obtained Canadian Visas, as per the new language rule can this still be possible, I have my results as follows for academic stream, will they accept it ?

    Speaking 8
    Listening 8
    Writing 6
    Reading 7
    Overall 7.5

    How many points would they offer for me for above results ?

    Thank you !

  155. ikejesus says:

    I am a Provincial Nominee (SINP) and currently completing requirements for PR application, My nomination will expire 29th of July but my scheduled CELPIP will be on 28th of June, can I submit my Language Result with printout of online result only then will follow the official result after it has been release?…Or can I submit it without CELPIP results?…Please advise me.Thanks and More Power!

  156. KT says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am a Post Graduate with MBA in Information Management with merit from UK in 2011.
    I have worked in UK for 2 years. Now I wish to move up in career ladder. I am interested in
    studying a professional course in Project Management in Canada. I would really appreciate
    your help if you can explain visa process, other requirements and
    Do I need ILETS if I have studied and worked in UK? I wish to apply for study permit.

  157. wale says:

    Must my wife take the ielts exams too after I made a band of 7?

  158. Nader says:


    I have BC Adult Graduation Diploma and its relevant transcript. Does that satisfy the language proficiency requirements for processing my citizenship application?

    Many thanks,

  159. Saima Riaz . says:

    Hi,i want to apply under FSWP .i want to get points on the base of my brother who got his immigration to canada last year but not living in canada right now.can i get points on the basis of his PR card or its necessary that i should apply when he will have a permanent address there

  160. Nader says:

    I have BC Adult Graduation Diploma and its relevant transcript. Does it satisfy the language proficiency requirements for my citizenship application?
    Many thanks.

  161. tina says:

    If you have a PhD from USA, do you need to give IELTS test?

  162. tina says:

    If you have a PhD from USA, do you still need to give IELTS test?

  163. Lovepreet singh brar says:

    i have passed my ITI diploma in plumber and i have 3 year experience as well as my grandparents are living in winipeg.they sponser me .i have got L4.5 W4.5 S4.5 R 4 overoll 4.5 .plz sir tell me can i apply file for winipeg threw blood relation…plz rply

  164. Lovepreet says:

    sir .i have passed ITI diploma 1 year in plumber trade.i have got L4.5 W4.5 S4.5 R4.0 overall 4.5 nd i have 3year well as i have sponser of winipeg of my grandparents…i want to know that can i apply in winipeg plz..

  165. wesal ahmad says:

    i have did M.Phil in Genetics, having more than 3 years of teaching experience in college, my age is 30 years and IELTS score is 6, could i eligable for FSW programe, and may i apply?

  166. Nguse, Nguse Kbrom says:

    Hi sir
    I got
    S5.0 overall band 4.0 from ielts
    Can I apply for citizenship

  167. Basant says:

    Hi CICS Immigration Team,
    I have been staying in the United States for past 11 years. I have got my undergraduate as well as graduate Degree from the U.S. Also, I am a professional engineer and have been practicing in U.S for last 5+ years. Currently, I am interested in applying for Canadian Permanent Residency as a Federal Skilled Worker. If I do apply, do I still have to take IELTS exam to verify my english proficiency. Also, how long the process does normally take and beside Federal Skilled Worker, what options do I have. Hope to hear for you soon. Thanks in advance.


  168. neha says:

    Hi sir,
    I have done bachelor in education, Masters in english and Masters in education.
    Can i apply as an early childhood educator in federal skilled worker category.I got 7 each in GT Ielts.
    Waiting for your reply

    • neha says:

      My name is Richa. I have done bachelor of education from India with 3 years work experience. Can i apply as an early childhood educator in federal skilled worker category.

  169. patsy says:

    A person who is applying for immigration to Canada under FSW category, and had taken the IELTS exam a couple of years back and had a good score. Want to know if he or she has to do it again ,is’nt it a waste of money, as the exam is not cheap…

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      If the exam is more than 2 years old, then yes, it is now expired and you will have to re-do it.

      CICS Team

  170. rosecelle says:

    hi just want to ask if academic ielts is acceptable in mpnp? because when i book online i click the academic not knowing that it cannot be change. im taking the test in aug 2. im hoping for your responce thank you.

  171. AJ says:

    Hey there,

    I am planning to apply for Canadian PR and being the principal applicant have registered for IELTS (IDP). One question I had was is it mandatory for my spouse too to register for IELTS ? Is there any other benefit apart from the 5 points being awarded if spouse also undertakes IELTS?

  172. siri says:

    sir i am B.pharm graduate and i finished my masters recently. I want to practise as pharmacist in canada . Should i apply for working as federal skilled worker or better to apply after i pass the qualifying exam ? or apply with job offer from canadian company ?

  173. Germaine says:

    Hello! I had my ielts exam last july 10 and already had the report form. will the CIC accept my total band score of 6.5?

    Listening 6.5
    Reading 6.5
    Writing 6.0
    Speaking 6.0

    Please reply ASAP. Thank you.

  174. Nirav Patel says:

    Dear sir/ma’m

    I got 5 bands in IELTS and i reached at 85 points but I am a professor at a college so
    the bands is ok or i have to try one more time for IELTS for mpnp programme.

  175. elie says:


    Im completing my applecation for federal skilled worker with my family,i work in Riyadh Saudi arabia,i have university, do i need a test for language? If yes can you advise where i can find here near me,because i tried to search but i couldnt find.

    Thank you

  176. Gagan says:


    Do I need to give IELTS General exam, if I can get letter from university stating that instruction of language was English for my entire course?

    Do I need to submit transcripts and similar letter of proof for my wife, even though I am principal applicant?

    Please answer these two queries.


  177. risa says:

    Dear sir
    I have done CELPIP General test
    My listening is 4, Reading is 4, writing is 6, Speaking is 5
    Do I qualify to apply for Canadian Citizenship?


  178. Lovepreet singh says:

    dear sir , i have ielts score in s 4.5 w 4.5 l 4.5 r 4 . can i apply to winipeg next year january….i have spounser of family …i have passed ITI nd 3year experience…plz sir tell me..

  179. khan says:

    i got ielts band

    listening = 4
    reading = 4
    speaking =5.5
    writing =5.5

    so can i apply as skill trade worker..

  180. kashti says:

    I just want to know that

    Do age effect on result of IELTS?

    We would like to register for test and my husband’s age is 37.

  181. Aman says:

    Hi sir iam Aman from India .plz let me know live caregiver program required how many ilets band ? I have overall 5 band l-4 , w-5 , r-4.5 , s-5.5.
    Plz reply me..

  182. Forgo says:

    CICS Immigration Team,

    I did the ielts in July 2014 and scored L5.5, R6.0, W6.5 and S8.0 with an overall score of 6.5. Will my results be accepted for the FSWP application?

  183. Qasim says:

    Dear immigration officer ,

    Recently i have get response from CIC nova , In response officer said i am not satisfy about your English proficiency , i have get certificate from MPNP , I was meet my ilets requirement at the time, and that’s way MPNP issue my certificate , i have get in L:5 , R:3.5, W:5.5, S:5 over all i have Get 5 bands , nd my NOC Skill category B , which required 5 bands ,, now my concern is i did my ilets test again nd i get 5.5 bands i meet reading , writing , speaking requirement , just i did not meet listening requirement which accordingly cic web site minimum listening requirement is 5 bands, nd i have get 4 , just i want to know that , they effect my cause or they accept my cause , because i have get overall 5.5 .

    with great reverence i am waiting for your kind response.


  184. Gurjit singh says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have applied for Canada Immigration under Federal skilled Labour Program, below mentioned is my IELTS Result. Please let me know that is this result accepted by CIC.

    Overall Band 6.0

    Listening 6.0
    Reading 5.5
    Writing 5.5
    Speaking 6.0

    My representative says that I need to give IELTS again to get score of 6 Bands in each section.

  185. harmesh singh says:

    sir my ielts score is r.5w5 l5.5 s5.5 sooo can i apply for study visa in canada under svp or non svp college plzzz tell me i am too much confuse sir.

  186. oludayo gideon. says:

    I scored speaking;6.0writing:6.5,reading 5.0,listening:4.0,overall5.5.I want to confirm if am qualified for canada PR card

  187. Taha Abbas says:


    I’ve completed government funded francisation program in Quebec (sponsored by MICC) and received my certification which fulfills the language requirement for citizenship. My question is: Can I still ask to be interviewed and make the citizenship test in English?

    Thanks in advance

  188. haya says:

    Dear sir ,
    Recently CIC nova sent me email regarding my application PR cause , in letter officer said you don’t have sufficient English proficiency, cause of this you don’t have get job in your intend occupation and you don’t help Manitoba economically establish , my concern is right now i have get job in Manitoba and i am applying for appeal , shud i apply for appeal or sent new application ??

  189. Maninder Singh says:

    I applied for study visa for Canada. I have got 6.00 bands (average) of ILET. The study visa by the Embassy for refused due to low band. If I improved my ILET bands more than 6 bands, can I apply again for study visa.

    Please let me know at the earliest.

    Maninder Singh

  190. Mohamed ahmed says:

    i just finished studying on Computer Since in Herzing College and i got my PR on 14-6-2013 i need to English Test To Apply For Citizen Ship or just i can prove my language with my Diploma Certificate..

  191. Navpreet kaur says:

    sir good evening
    sir I get a W 5 ,L 5,R 4, S 5.5 bnds .sir i want to apply for canada PR .I have 4yrs teaching experince .I have done Master of education as wel as Master of Arts .Sir tell me about the procedure for apply to canada because i have jast overall 5 bands sir plzzz reply fast .
    thanks alot sir

  192. sherif says:


    I have read many comments that Canada Skilled Worker Immigration will accept Academic ILETS? could you please help me ?

    I have done the Academic with my spouse and I don’t if it will be acceptable



  193. Gurmeet singh says:

    I got 5 band in ielts could you tell me which collages accept me in this band in canada..

  194. Kaushal says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am a Sri Lankan and I need to apply for FSWP. I have an IT Diploma and need to get it assesed to show it is equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential/ Canadian post-secondary diploma for a one-year program.
    Four subjects out of eight subjects I got excemptions. Will it be recongized as a 1 year canadian diploma.

  195. Kaushal says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am a Sri Lankan and I need to apply for FSWP. I have an IT Diploma and need to get it assesed to show it is equal to a completed Canadian secondary or post-secondary educational credential/ Canadian post-secondary diploma for a one-year program.
    Four subjects out of eight subjects I got excemptions. Will it be recongized as a 1 year canadian diploma. Please Advice…

  196. Tanmay pandya says:


    how much minimum IELTS score should be required for PNP programee.
    I got L – 5.5 , R-5.0, W-5.5 , S-5.0 Over all band is 5.5

    Please reply soon .

  197. Mehwish Arif says:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    I want to apply for the Canadian immigration under federal skilled worker program.
    It says on the CIC website that i Must score 6 in each of the bands in the IELTS exam i.e., listening, reading, writing and speaking respectively. I appeared in the IELTS exam many times now but i couldn’t score 6 in each of the bands.

    my latest result is of 16-aug-2014 and i scored listening 6.5, reading 5.5, writing 5.5 and listening 6 … Can I apply with these results for the Canadian immigration? will my application get accepted?

    Best Regards

  198. soyeb mohmmad says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am physiotherapist and going to apply under FSW category. I scored 6.5 band in IELTS general training with Listening 6.5 Reading 6 Writing 6 and Speaking 7. My spouse cannot give IELTS. My spouse education background is not strong.
    Also please note I have bachelor degree with 5+ years of experience.I am from India and presently working in U.A.E. with valid U.A.E.-Ministry of Health license.

    Please reply and kindly give your suggestions.

    • piya saini says:

      I had completed my from(U.P.T.U) last year and i had passed IELTS with 6.5 bands.but my spouse’s educational background is quite weak . can i take my spouse along with me to canada without Ielts? even if can i apply for his visa with my study visa?

  199. Sudip Gupta says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have completed my Masters degree from Northumbria University in Newcastle – UK in October 2008 and have worked there with lloyds banking group for 11 months. Can you please guide me and let me know if I want to apply for PR in Canada do I still need to give an IELTS exam?
    I also would like to add that I have a letter from my university in the uk stating that my education was full time and was done in English.

    Awaiting your response

    Thank you

    • mistry says:

      Found this at

      Have you completed a secondary or post-secondary program, in French or in English, in Canada or abroad?
      If yes, send a copy of your diploma, certificate or transcript that shows you completed the program.

      Note: You must have successfully finished a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French. A single course done in English or French does not meet the requirement. The diploma, certificate or transcript should be in English or French. If it is not in English or French, you must also send a certified English or French translation of the document. It should clearly show that the program was completed with English or French as the language of instruction.
      Include this document with your citizenship application.

  200. Gurdeep says:

    My Ielts score is given below :
    Listening : 6
    Speaking : 5.5
    Writing : 4.5
    Reading : 5
    Overall Band : 5.5

    my Occupation is Insurance Claims Investigator (which is fall under NOC Code 1312) .
    My question is whether my Ielts score is sufficient according to the requirement or not?
    Can i eligible under MPNP ?
    Please reply respected seniors and experts

  201. Shilu says:


    Please tell me which IELTS (General training/Academic) is required for applying PR in Canada? And how much score is needed?

  202. Shilu says:


    Please tell me which IELTS (General training/Academic) is required for applying PR in Canada? And how much score is needed?


  203. Chiru says:

    Hi Sir / Madam,

    I am eligible under CEC PR program, as per language requirement I require to meet CLB7 in each of the component. In 2 CELPIP test sittings I achieved the required benchmark. In my first exam, I got less than required score in 1 component and in 2 exam sitting I achieved it which was failed in first test sitting, but I lost in other component which has completed in 1 exam sitting. May I still send application with 2 test reports to meet the requirement and it is acceptable by CIC. Please advise. Thanks in advance.

    • AE says:

      Hi Chiru,
      I have the same situation like you and I wonder if you
      Have received any reply from anyone who gave
      You a Cleese advice. Please if your application has been
      accepted with 2 certificate please let me know as I will
      send my application immediately.
      Thanks a lot,

      • CICS Immigration Team says:

        Hi there. No. They will not accept it as only 1 test score can be sent and all of the abilities must meet the requirement.

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      Hi there. No. They will not accept it as only 1 test score can be sent and all of the abilities must meet the requirement.

  204. navreet cheema says:

    i scored overall 6.5 bands in ielts.
    listening 7
    speaking 7.5
    writing 6
    reading 5

    and i have done all my study in english school

    can i apply under federal program with these ielts scores.

    plz do repy

    thanking you sir

  205. Karl says:

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    When applying for the Canadian immigration under federal skilled worker program is it mandatory to present both IELTS and TEF language exams or one of them is sufficient.

    Please advise.
    Thank you in advance.


  206. tenzin dickey says:

    I am recent college graduate from New York planning to move to Vancouver to live my aunt. She is a single mother, but her kids makes enough tif added all the family income. Can she sponsor me and what are the chances to get approved? I have a permanent resident card (USA).
    Thank you

  207. Maninder Gill says:

    hlo sir/mam

    i want to apply for study visa in canada & i have done my 12 grade in this year with 78% marks in Commerce . I got 6 bands in IELTS ( L 7.5 ,S 6, W 5.5, R 5 ) .
    can i apply for visa for january in take ????
    plzzz reply me as soon as possible …

  208. pardeep says:

    i am working hindi teacher in govt elementary school my qualification is MA, B.ed i want to apply for PR so please tell me how many IELTS score need for Canada and Austrilia

  209. sagul das says:

    Hi CiC team,

    I intend to apply for the fswp program. I have got an ielts overall score of 6
    listening 6
    reading 6
    speaking 7
    writing 5.5

    I have a lower score for writing. Can I still apply?

  210. Hardeep singh jatana says:

    sir i am a iti welder pass and 4 yrs experience and ielts score is overall 5 band l5.5,r5,w4.5,s4.5 i have a sponsorship from canada can i apply for winnipeg pls tell me on my email addrs i shall very thnksfull to you for this

  211. khyati gupta says:

    Does academic IELTS applicable for FSW Canada program? I am not getting any date for general IELTS before 15 December ’14.

  212. karamveer says:

    Hi sir could you tell me I need ielts for Canada twp as Canadian company hire me

  213. Jaymar Sarmiento-Sumbi says:

    i just received my approval letter for applying for Permanent Resident Visa in Manitoba. They are now asking again a copy of my IELTS result, however, it is now expired. Can I still use it or do I have to take another exam? Any information is very much appreciated.

    Thank you so much!

  214. Vaibhav surve says:

    I am Vaibhav surve marine engineer from india. I like to work in Canada than Canadian offer me as work .I don’t have Ielts exam bands.
    Ielts exam necessary for 2 years work visa.
    Can I came there without Ielts exam. ?

  215. shifali Hans says:

    Hi im shifali looking for PR in Canada and have got 4.5band im basically a nurse an have around 6year of experience.

  216. Ariel B. Mancilla says:

    Hi sir,
    I got my canadian application approval 2009 and one of the requirements I submitted was my IELTS (academic) result with band score 7(s 7, l 7, r 7, w 6). We landed in canada June 2012 and anytime on the last quarter of 2015, we will be qualified to apply for citizenship. My question goes, since this IELTS ( academic) was approved by the CIO, can I use it on our canadian citizenship application?
    Kindly help me with this.
    Thank you, ariel

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      They are now more restrict about language requirement. Most likely they will not accept it. Plus, your IELTS is from 2009, so it is no longer valid. I recommend writing a new IELTS exam, under General or another language exam they accept.

      CICS Team

  217. aime says:

    hi…We landed here in Canada under the FSW Category and the principal applicant is my husband, and we are about to apply for a Canadian citizenship this March of 2015.. We both studied as Healthcare Aide in a College here and We both completed the program and we both had our transcript and diploma.. My question is, do we have to take an english exam if we could prove that we had completed the program? tnx so much! pls. reply as soon as you get this..

  218. Dear CIC team..
    hope all is well.. this us muhammad usman with you from kuwait.
    recently i passed my IELTS exam from IDP. actually i need to know that my score is showing below. i am applying for canadian immigration from WWICS consultant with my family from kuwait. but my consultant said you should took 6.0 band in each score. please help me about this … can i proceed my application with this result. or not?

    Speaking: 6.5
    Writing: 6.0
    Listening: 5.5
    Reading: 5.0 and overall Score is : 6.0

    Thanks a lot

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      Dear Muhammad,

      You would need at least 6.0 in each ability. So your score is not enough.

      Also, please note that we also offer immigration representation.

      CICS Team

  219. Bhargav Patel says:

    I am applying for MPNP and I have to show IELTS results. My family is also including in my PR file. My wife and my 3 years old child. We have distance relatives in Manitoba who sponsor us.
    My question is that my wife also has to appear in the IELTS and has to show her IELTS results. Please let me know as per the current rules of MPNP immigration program.

  220. rajpal singh dhaliwal says:

    Dear sir
    i am rajpal singh dhaliwal.i want apply for canada PR.i pasted my iti in carpanter trade and electrical diploma and ielts 4.5band(R4.5 L 4.0 S 4.0 W5.5).so please you can tell me that i eligible for vise of canada

  221. rajpal singh dhaliwal says:

    Your regards
    rajpal singh dhaliwal

  222. Sonia Guru says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have got Overall band – 6.0
    Reading – 5.0
    Writing – 5.5
    Listening – 5.5
    Speaking – 7.0

    Please let me know if above marks are eligible for immigration in Manitoba.

    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      Now you need to have at least 6.0 in each ability in order to qualify under Express Entry. Take that into consideration. Otherwise, we recommend you check the Manitoba web site or schedule an appointment to speak to one of our licensed immigration consultants.

  223. kieron fletcher says:

    Hi. My name is kieron and I am currently a locomotive engineer ( train driver ) in the UK. My family and I have decided to emigrate to Canada and I have just done the Academic IELTS English test but have since found out that, despite being more difficult than the General version, it is now not accepted for Canadian immigration. If all what is neeed is proof of the standard of English, why is there a restriction on more credible versions of a exam that is already accepted? Is there any exceptions or flexibility? Or is this final and will not be accepted inn my application? Thanks for taking the time to read this message.

  224. Gurwinder singh says:

    I have two trf in first trf band w- 4 s-5 r-5 l-5.5
    Overall 5
    And in second trf band l-5.5 R- 5 W4.50 S- 4.50
    Which on trf I can apply for Australia
    I have cleared +2 last year

  225. Tolulope Atama says:

    I’ll like to apply for Manitoba pnp, but am told I have to upload my transcript and certificate, the thing is in my country transcripts are not given to individuals but to institutions. Pls is there any alternative?

  226. Zaman says:

    I’m an indian presently working in Saudi Arabia. I decided to to move to canada as a permanent resident.
    My ielts scores are :
    L – 7.0
    R- 6.5
    W- 6.5
    S- 6.0
    overall 6.5 bands

    I’m a graduate. Am I eligible to apply ?
    I have to score total 67 points to meet eligibility criteria.
    Do I have to retake tests ?


  227. J C says:


    I am an Australian citizen an intend to apply for Canadian PR via the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker Program.

    I have completed my tertiary education (full-time in English) in Melbourne, Australia and have had my degree (2008) attested from the IEAust (Institute of Engineers Australia). I have almost 7 years of work experience as a Professional Engineer.

    I would also like to add that I undertook IELTS (General) in September 2008 and scored a minimum of band 7 in one of four modules.

    Can you confirm, based on my nationality and the above, if this satisfies the language requirements for Canadian PR application or would I need to undertake IELTS again?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this message.

    J C

  228. tejwant singh sekhon says:

    Sir I done two year iti and two year apprenticeship in pseb and four-year experience I have sponsorship for winnipeg and ilts l 5.5,r 4, w 5, s 4.5 can I apply for winnipeg sir pls tell me

  229. Emer Al Halabi says:

    Hi, I applied for IELTS test (Academic module) and I got L 5.5 W 5 R 6.5 S 6 Overall 6. I am petroleum engineer with over 6 years of experience. I wonder, If May I Submit this results to Express Entry? Thanks for your kind answer.

  230. nithin says:

    hiiii i wanted to know how to get ielts waiver as english being my first language and also have done my studies thoughout in english so is there possibility getting waiver and kindly suggest me with community colleges in canada where i can get ielts waived….kindly reply

  231. sahil says:


    • CICS Immigration Team says:

      Universities accept Academic IELTS and Permanent Residency applications accept General IELTS. Also, IELTS tests are valid for a maximum of 2 years.

  232. alireza says:

    Hi there,

    I was wondering whether I need IELTS test to apply for PR , while I have a PhD from USA school.


  233. shohag says:

    I am going to apply citizenship. I did IELTS in 2005 and the score was 7 . Is that IELTS score is acceptable ?

  234. Gerry says:

    What if I I only finished 2 years in college but its supposedly 4 years so I don’t have diploma… I already took the CELPIP and my score is
    Language- 6
    Reading- 7
    Writing- 6
    Listening- 6

    My concern is it is okay if I don’t have diploma? What category I’m going to fall?

    Express Entry education factor
    -University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level

    -University degree at the Master’s level

    -Professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession

    -Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

    -Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute

    -Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute

    -One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute

    -Secondary school (high school diploma)

  235. dinudavis says:

    L. 4.0. S 3.0. W. 3.0. R 3.0. Thise. Ieval. Canada. Accepted

  236. dinudavis says:

    These. My. Ieval. Canada. Fadaral. Skilled. Trade worke visa. Canada. Accepting

  237. Hector says:

    Dear Sir,
    Hope you are doing good.
    Sir can u please provide me detail information for getting job in Canada.
    Dear Sir I have completed my M.S. In pharmaceutical sciences and worked in India for 3 yrs in pharmaceutical research and development company as a research associate and now I am working in Saudi arabia from last 1 year.
    Now I wish to apply for job in Canada.
    I don’t have any idea about way of applying also express entry procedures any exam requirement etc.

    So I would be delighted if you share your expert knowledge with me.

    Please guide me regarding this.
    Kindly do the needful.
    Waiting for positive response

  238. Harpal singh says:

    Hi i am harpal singh

    I had done diploma in mechnical. 6 bands in liets what i have to do for applying to canada

  239. Raj says:

    Hi There,

    I am planning to apply for my Canadian Citizenship and i was checking the CIC website and found that there is an alternate for IELTS, we can submit our school/college convocation certificate, could you confirm if i can submit this certificate instead of IELTS?

  240. I have a 6.0 band in listening, reading, speaking , and 5.5 in writing. If I take admission in Algonquin collage in Ottawa Ontario in mechanical engginearing technicians so I have a chances of permanent residency of Canada after completing a course with good result.plz reply

  241. Patrick says:

    Hi Sir,

    At the time I applied for PR Status of Canada, no any English Languge test required by Immirgation officer of Canada government as they accept my education is initially by English.

    Now, is it elgible for using the Degree certificate and/or transcripts of United Kingdom university as proof of my English Language ability for application of Canadian citizenship?

    Thanks and looking forward

  242. mohammed kaleemullah says:

    I completed( B.AENGLISH Literature)graduation 1 year ago,looking to study canada for diploma courses.Do i need a to write Ielts ?kindly suggest me.

  243. Paolo says:

    Hi CICS team,

    I am Paolo from the Philippines. I am planning to apply for a Canadian permanent residency. My friend is already a citizen and she wanted to sponsor me there as a provincial nominee in Manitoba. My question is can I waive the IELTS portion since from my secondary, tertiary and post graduate studies English is our medium of instruction. Will those justification will suffice? even I am from the top university of our country.

    Hope to receive your feedback.

    Thank you very much.


  244. Mehzabin says:

    I have completed MBA from UK in 2010 and recently working reliance general insurance company as sales support executive.
    As you said “Applicants can have the language test requirement waived if they can show evidence of having completed secondary or post-secondary education in English or French”.
    I have completed secondary or post-secondary education in English only.
    My question is that do i still have to give IELTS for applying for canada PR?As in 2008 i have already given my IELTS while applying for UK student Visa
    Kindly suggest.

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