To qualify for Canada’s federal and provincial skilled worker immigration programs, applicants are to complete a language test requirements. This language test requirement applies to various skilled worker streams, including the federal Express Entry system and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

The purpose of the language test is to assess and demonstrate the applicant’s language proficiency, ensuring they meet the language requirements of the specific skilled worker program they are applying to. Each program has its own set of test score requirements, typically measured against the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels. 

The validity period for language test scores is two years. This means that applicants must submit their Canadian immigration application within two years of completing the language test. If more than two years have passed, the applicant will be required to retake the language test. 

The Canadian government approves specific language tests for skilled worker applications. Currently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognize the following language tests: 

For English: 

Starting in late 2023, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) will be added as a third designated language test alongside CELPIP and IELTS. 

For French: 

These approved language tests assess the applicant’s language skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking abilities. The duration and format of the tests vary. 

The CELPIP consists of four modules and can be completed in approximately three hours. The test can be taken in a single sitting, and results are typically available within 4-5 days after the test. 

Similarly, the IELTS comprises four modules and takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. The speaking component can be taken up to seven days before or after the other three modules. Test results are typically available within 3-5 days for the computer-based test and 13 days for the paper-based test. 

For French language proficiency, the TEF and TCF are accepted. The TEF is used to assess French comprehension and expression skills and is mandatory for various purposes, including immigration to Canada, and Quebec immigration, studying in France, obtaining citizenship in France, proving French language ability for work, and enrolling in certain programs as an international student. The test consists of written and oral sections with varying durations and costs depending on the location. 

Similarly, the TCF assesses French comprehension and expression skills and is accepted for Quebec immigration purposes. It includes compulsory sections for reading comprehension, the use of language structures, and listening comprehension. Optional sections for spoken expression and written expression are available, with additional points awarded for these modules. The test duration and costs also vary based on the test location. 

Skilled worker applicants must understand and meet the language test requirements specific to their chosen program. Adequate preparation and obtaining satisfactory test scores are essential to maximizing their chances of success in the skilled worker immigration process. 

By meeting the language proficiency requirements, applicants demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively in English or French, which is vital for integration into Canadian society and the labour market. 

It is recommended that applicants consult the official guidelines provided by IRCC and seek professional assistance, such as immigration lawyers or consultants experienced in skilled worker programs, to ensure they are well informed and properly prepared for the language test requirements. These professionals can provide valuable guidance, support, and resources to help applicants navigate the language testing process and increase their chances of a successful application. 

Don’t let language proficiency be a barrier to your Canadian dream. Take the first step by booking a consultation with Brace Laws today!  

We are pleased to offer our services in multiple languages, including English, Italian, Albanian, Arabic, Punjabi, Farsi, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and Urdu. With our offices conveniently located in Oakville and Vaughan, we are accessible to clients from various communities. 

To reach us, please feel free to call our dedicated line at 905-815-6555 or email us at We understand the importance of effective communication, and our team is ready to assist you in your preferred language. 

Our immigration lawyers and consultants have in-depth knowledge of skilled worker programs and can provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding language test requirements. We understand that every applicant’s situation is unique. We will assess your specific needs, evaluate your language proficiency, and develop a customized strategy to help you meet the requirements efficiently.  

Our dedicated team is ready to assist you in achieving your skilled worker immigration goals.