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IRCC Approves A New English Language Proficiency Test For Canadian Immigration

International skilled workers applying for Canadian immigration are required to prove their language proficiency in either English or French, the two official languages of France. They can do this by submitting a test result finalized by a Language Testing Agency approved by IRCC. It is safe to say that language test scores are of great significance.

What’s important to note here is that the Pearson Test of English (PTE) will soon be accepted as a new designated English language by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian immigration. It will be a computerized test, and you’ll get the results within 48 hours.

According to the IRCC’s recent announcement, PTE is likely to become acceptable in late 2023. Don’t forget that PTE will be the 3rd designated English language test for Canadian immigration.

Let’s look at the list of English language-testing organizations approved by the IRCC;

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE), which will be available in late 2023

Similarly, French language-testing organizations approved by the IRCC include;

  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) administered by France Éducation International.
  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) administered by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Skilled workers would be able to prove their English language proficiency for Canadian immigration through three different designated language tests, including IELTS, CELPIP, and PTE, once IRCC approves it.

It should be noted that language proficiency plays a significant role in skilled migration programs for Canada, such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry.

In case you are wondering, the Provincial Nominee Programs and Express Entry require applicants to have a CLB 7 level of language proficiency or the minimum Canadian language benchmark in any of the two official languages of Canada. However, having a higher language proficiency score gives you more immigration points, ultimately improving your chances of receiving the invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.

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