You must demonstrate your English language skills to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to obtain a Canadian visa.
With over three million exams taken last year, IELTS is one of the largest and most popular English language assessments. It is also the preferred English language test of educational institutions, professional associations and businesses across Canada. IELTS is accepted by all Canadian universities, colleges and professional bodies that have set minimum language standards for professional registration. It is also strongly recommended that native speakers of English prepare for the IELTS exam. It is easy to be overconfident about the exam when you have spent your whole life speaking English.
IELTS Score for Canada PR 2022
There are different Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) required for Canada PR. If you are applying under TEER 0 – Management Professions, you will need higher CLBs than for TEER 1. There are different language proficiency requirements for Canada’s immigration programs (FSWP, PIP, CEC and PNP). Listening, reading, writing and speaking are the four sub-categories used to assess your language skills.
Minimum IELTS score for Canadian PR
Obtaining a high score, such as CLB 7 or above, can be difficult for non-native speakers of English, who may not be approved. Applicants may have good scores in other areas such as educational qualifications, work experience, age, etc. However, they need to improve one of these areas. However, they need to improve one of the key criteria for express entry, namely English language proficiency.
But never give up hope! Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs step in to help these qualified candidates. Many Provincial Nominee Programs select and nominate eligible candidates for Canadian PR from the Express Entry pool, even if they have a low IELTS score (CLB 4-6).
However, something extraordinary can happen if you reach CLB 9, often known as the “first advanced” level. This is because language skills are combined with academic level and work experience gained abroad as part of the CRS ‘transferability of skills parameters’. These combinations are worth up to 100 CRS points. These additional points are in addition to those awarded for increasing language skills as part of the human capital components.
Which IELTS is required for PR from Canada: General or Academic IELTS?
Whichever option is chosen, an applicant for economic immigration to Canada will almost certainly have to demonstrate language proficiency. The programme or stream determines how language test results affect an individual’s eligibility or point total. Language is almost always a critical aspect of Canada’s economic immigration programs. Therefore, potential applicants must take it seriously, even if they are natural speakers of the language.
PNPs, such as Express Entry, only accept the IELTS General Training. The academic version of IELTS is not approved. In the Express Entry CRS, single applicants and applicants with a partner/spouse or common-law partner are assessed slightly differently.
Student Visa to Canada IELTS Score Requirements
The scores required for IELTS vary depending on the program you have chosen to study in Canada. A minimum of 6 in each section (including writing, reading, speaking and listening) and a total score of 6.5 is often required for good universities.
You can reschedule the exam, paying particular attention to your weaknesses, and submit your revised score to the designated educational institutions if you still need to meet the IELTS requirements for your chosen university.
Can I get a PR without IELTS?
The reason for your immigration to Canada will be the deciding factor. If you want to come as a tourist, you do not need an IELTS score to get a visa. It is optional to take an IELTS test if you want to settle in Canada and get a work visa, but this may vary depending on the requirements of the company you want to work for.
Even if the company does not explicitly ask for an IELTS score, they may do so later in the hiring process. It is not necessary to take an IELTS test to get a study permit.
If you have a work visa or are sponsored by your family or employer, you can work or study in Canada without taking the IELTS test. You will need to demonstrate your language skills if you want to become a permanent resident, but there are alternatives to the IELTS exam.
Jobs in Canada without IELTS
It would be best to prepare for IELTS as the SRC has been increased in the first Express Entry draw of 2023, and with IELTS you can increase your SRC score. If you are still looking for a job in Canada without IELTS, there might be jobs in the TEER 5 category.
Our CRIC, Mr. Paul Abraham, has played a role in this aspect. He is therefore the best person to guide you through the process. The PAIC team will take care of your immigration application from start to finish. Please visit our website for further advice.