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What Is The Minimum IELTS Score To Get Canada PR And Work There?

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

If you intend to study and then work in Canada, you might have considered the process of getting permanent residency there.

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.

Minimum IELTS Score Requirements

There are three different pathways for one to get PR status in Canada:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

As it takes 6 months for IRCC to process your application, you should ensure that your IELTS test results are valid for the entire duration.

For permanent residency through Express Entry, a minimum language proficiency of CLB 7, or a minimum of 6.0 for each section of the IELTS test, is required.

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).

Federal Skilled Worker Program

For those with English as your official language:

If you get CLB 4 or lower, no points are awarded. If you get CLB 10 or higher, you will gain the maximum number of points, which is 34 or 32(if you are married).

CLB Level and IELTS Scores

CLB Level

Points per subcategory

Listening

Reading

Speaking

Writing

7

4

6.0-7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

8

5

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

9

6

8.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

10 and above

6

8.5-9.0

8.0-9.0

7.5-9.0

7.5-9.0


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

CLB Level

Total Points

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.

Ready to take the next step? For a wide variety of test dates to choose from, simply book a computer-delivered IELTS test today.

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