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What is the Minimum IELTS Score to Get Canada PR and Work There?

Canadian cities are rated as some of the most livable places in the world, with their welcoming multicultural communities and mild weather all four seasons.

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If you intend to study and then work in Canada, you might have considered the process of getting permanent residency there. To apply for permanent residency through Express Entry, you need to have a minimum language proficiency of CLB 7, which is a minimum of 6.0 for each section of the IELTS.

To ensure that you can communicate with ease, you will need to provide proof of your language skills to gain a visa, be it English or French.
To prove your English proficiency, you should take the IELTS General Training test, which is the preferred test for immigration to Canada.
Below, we’ll go through the minimum IELTS score to get Canada PR and work in the country.

How to Get Canada PR

The Express Entry System is a faster way for skilled immigrants to gain permanent residence in Canada!
In this system, there are three different pathways:
● Federal Skilled Worker Program
● Federal Skilled Trades Program
● Canadian Experience Class

As it takes 6 months for the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to process your application, you should ensure that your IELTS test results are valid for the entire duration.

For each program, there are different language proficiency requirements. Your language skills are assessed through 4 subcategories- listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The points you earn are awarded according to CLB Level (Canadian Language Benchmark).

To apply for permanent residency through Express Entry, you need to have a minimum language proficiency of CLB 7, which is a minimum of 6.0 for each section of the IELTS.

IELTS Score Requirements for Express Entry

Federal Skilled Worker Program

If English is your second language, you get 4 points in total if you meet the following per-section requirements.

CLB Level

Points per subcategory

Listening 

Reading

Speaking 

Writing 

5 and above

4

5.0-9.0

4.0-9.0

5.0-9.0

4.0-9.0

Federal Skilled Trades Program
Here are the per section score requirements for each CLB Level.

CLB Level

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

4

4.5

3.5

4.0

4.0

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

10 and above

8.5-9.0

8.0-9.0

7.5-9.0

7.5-9.0

Canadian Experience Class

For NOC A jobs, the minimum language requirement is CLB 7. For NOC B jobs, the requirement is CLB 5.
Here are the CLB levels that correspond to per-section IELTS scores.

NOC

CLB Level

Listening 

Reading

Speaking 

Writing 

A

10 and above

8.5-9.0

8.0-9.0

7.5-9.0

7.5-9.0

A

9

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

A

8

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

A

7

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

B

6

5.5

5.0

5.5

5.5

B

5

5.0

4.0

5.0

5.0

Apart from language proficiency, you will be assessed by other criteria such as level of education, age, and work experience. To gain permanent residency through Canada Express Entry, the minimum points is around 439, which was the cutoff on 19th December 2018.

However, to work in Canada, IELTS score requirements overall and for each band score may differ. For example, to be a lawyer, a minimum score of 7.0 in each section of the IELTS is required. To be a nurse, you need a minimum overall score of 6.5 and 7.0 for Speaking.

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To check whether you are eligible to apply for these jobs, we advise you to carefully check the available job vacancies and its requirements. Don’t forget to browse the jobs posted according to your destination area or province in the country, because jobs may vary from one area to another.

IDP as an international education specialist can help you process your application to Top universities in Canada such as University of AlbertaUniversity of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, Queen's University, University of Saskatchewan, and many more. For a more specific breakdown of these score requirements, you may refer to the websites of individual universities.

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