if you are 18-54 years of age, you need a language proof to apply for Canadian citizenship. What that prove could be?
I. Results of a CIC-approved third-party test at Canadian Language Benchmark
(CLB/NCLC) level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills done previously for immigration purposes (even expired) or done specifically for citizenship purposes, from the following list are acceptable only:
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General test (CELPIP-G), (not the academic version) or
- CELPIP-General LS – a two-skills (listening and speaking) version of the CELPIP general test or
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS), general training, not the academic version or
- Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) or Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ) or TEF épreuves orales
The following list of proof will be accepted only if used for Quebec immigration purposes in the past:
- DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) or
- DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) or
- TCF (Test de connaissance du français) or
- TCFQ (Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec)
II. Proof of completion of secondary or post-secondary education in French or English includes:
- A diploma or transcripts from a secondary or post-secondary school indicating the successful completion of a program, in Canada or abroad. or
- A diploma or certificate from a secondary or post-secondary school indicating successful graduation, in Canada or abroad.
NOTE: A single course done in English or French does not meet the requirement .
III. Proof of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveau de competence linguistique canadien (CLB/NCLC) level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills through certain government-funded language training programs are:
- For Manitoba: Progress report from Manitoba government issued since January 2009. Ensure your report indicates speaking and listening skills are at least at “completing CLB/NCLC level 4” or higher.
- For Quebec: Bulletin by the Ministère de l’immigration et Communautés culturelles Québec (MICC) issued since June 2001. Ensure that your most recent assessment in “interaction orale” is at least level 4 (Échelle québécoise)
- For British Columbia (BC): If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2008 and 2009, an ELSA certificate confirming language level CLB 4 or higher. If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training since 2010, an ELSA report card or an ELSA certificate confirming language level CLB 4 or higher
- Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC): Check the box if you successfully completed the course at CLB4 or higher from January 2008 to October 31, 2012 and provide a copy of the certificate if available. If you successfully completed the LINC/CLIC course since November 1st, 2012, a certificate will be provided to you. A copy of this certificate is required. Note that completion of LINC/CLIC before 2008 does not qualify for proof of language ability.
NOTE: If you do not have acceptable language proof to submit with your application or do not have the required language level, you may choose to take an acceptable third-party test or improve your language ability by enrolling in a government-funded language program that would provide acceptable certification.
If you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological in nature which prevents you from submitting upfront proof of language ability for citizenship, you must provide supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim.
The Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveau de compétence linguistique canadien is the national standard used in Canada for describing, measuring and recognizing the English language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. It provides a descriptive scale of communicative proficiency in English or French as a second language, expressed as benchmarks or reference points.
CLB/NCLC 4 is considered “Basic Proficiency” and means that an individual being tested who “meets” CLB 4:
- 1. can communicate basic needs and personal experience;
- 2. can follow, with considerable effort, simple formal and informal conversations
Format: Clear and legible photocopy. Must be in English or French. No translations accepted.