What is the Minimum IELTS Score to get Canada PR

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  • Dec 01, 2022 10:35 AM

This blog discusses the minimum IELTS score you require to get Candian Permanent Residence for three different categories. The blog also talks about the CLB Levels (Canadian Language Benchmark). 

In the world, Canadian cities are among the most livable due to their friendly ethnic populations and comfortable climate throughout the year.

You may have thought about the procedure for obtaining permanent residency in Canada if you want to study there before finding employment there.

To obtain a visa, you will need to show documentation of your language proficiency, whether it be in English or French, to demonstrate that you can communicate with ease.

You should take the IELTS General Training test, which is the test of choice for immigration to Canada, to demonstrate your English language skills.

We'll go over the IELTS score you will need for Canadian permanent residence below.

Requirements for a minimum IELTS score

There are three ways to obtain permanent resident status in Canada:

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

You should make sure that your IELTS test results are valid for the full six-month period that the IRCC needs to process your application.
Express Entry requires a minimum CLB 7 score for language proficiency or an IELTS score of 6.0 overall to qualify for permanent residency.

There are various language competency requirements for each program. Listening, reading, writing, and speaking are the four subcategories used to evaluate your language abilities. Your points are distributed in accordance with your CLB Level (Canadian Language Benchmark).

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Federal Skilled Worker Program

For those who speak English as their official language:

You won't receive any points if your CLB is 4 or lower. You will receive the maximum number of points, which is 34 or 32, if your CLB score is 10 or above (if you are married).

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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 you satisfy the following per-section standards and English is your second language, you will receive a total of 4 points.

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

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Federal Skilled Trades Program

The per-segment score requirements for each CLB Level are listed below. 

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

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Canadian Experience Class

The minimal language requirement for NOC A positions is CLB 7. The prerequisite for NOC B positions is CLB 5. The CLB levels that correspond to individual IELTS scores are listed below.

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

You will be judged on factors other than language ability, such as age, education, and work experience. The cutoff point for obtaining permanent residency through Canada Express Entry was 439 points, which was on December 19, 2018.

IELTS score requirements for each band, as well as for employment in Canada, may vary. For instance, the IELTS requires a minimum score of 7.0 in each section to qualify as a lawyer. A minimum overall score of 6.5 and a 7.0 in speaking are required to become a nurse.

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Immigration and the Law

This page's information is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute either immigration or legal advice. Immigration law is subject to rapid change. It's crucial to regularly monitor the IRCC website for updates that might concern you.

You must submit an application to the Canadian government whether you want to immigrate permanently, pursue student or work permits, or both. You might wish to think about seeking assistance from an attorney or licensed Canadian immigration consultant.

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