French Language Points for Canada PR
- 1 What is NCLC?
- 2 What is the minimum requirement for the first official language as French?
- 2.1 French language requirements according to various programs
- 2.2 What is the benefit of knowing French for Canada PR?
Language proficiency in English and/or French is vital to complete the immigration procedure. Additionally, being able to converse in the local language of the nation where you want to work or study has a wide range of benefits.
You will have greater career opportunities if you speak French proficiently, especially in eastern Canada. Many business and government positions also demand that you speak both languages fluently.
All applications must provide proof of language proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages. Applicants must take the official test and declare their results to IRCC while filling their Canada PR application.
What is NCLC?
The NCLC, or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens, is a national standard like CLB that describes, measures, and recognises immigrants’ French language ability.
The 2 approved language tests to prove language proficiency in French under NCLC are:
- TEF Canada – Test d’Évaluation de Français pour le Canada
- TCF Canada – Test de Connaissance du Français
What is the minimum requirement for the first official language as French?
If you are opting for French as your first language, then you need to score the minimum level of score mentioned below. For example, in the FSW program, one should score at least NCLC 7 in four sections of the approved language test.
French language requirements according to various programs
Federal Skilled Worker Program
|Language||Minimum level for all four abilities|
Federal Skilled Trade Program
|French (Speaking and Listening)||5 NCLC|
|French (Reading and Writing)||4 NCLC|
Canadian Experience Class
The skills you need will depend on the group your job is classified in under the National Occupational Classification system (NOC).
|NOC Skill type or level||Minimum level for all four abilities|
|NOC 0 or A||7 NCLC|
|NOC B||5 NCLC|
What is the benefit of knowing French for Canada PR?
Strong French language abilities can now help you earn up to 50 additional points if you score NCLC 7 or above on all four French language skills.
- If you received a CLB 4 or below in English (or if you did not take an English test), you can get an additional 25 points.
- If you got CLB 5 or above on all four English abilities, you can get an extra 50 points.
In your French language tests, you must achieve an NCLC level of 7. The chart below displays the results you’ll need on the TEF and TCF French language examinations to meet the NCLC 7 requirement. However, if you wish to receive a total of 50 points for your French language abilities, you must also obtain a CLB 5 in your English language examinations (IELTS or CELPIP). If your CLB level for your English test is less than 5, you can only receive a maximum of 25 bonus points. Suppose you’re ready to submit a profile to Express Entry. In that case, if you have CLB 5 or higher in the English language, you will be eligible for up to 50 bonus points for your French language abilities.
Test d’Évaluation de Français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) test score chart
Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF Canada) test score chart
How long are the results of a language exam valid?
The test results are valid for two years. Also, when you submit your application for permanent residency, your test results must be less than two years old.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is proficiency in the French language mandatory for Canadian immigration?
How can I get my French language test results for Canada PR?
How many times can I take the TEF test?
TCF or TEF: which exam is more difficult?
What is the fee for the TEF Canada test?