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What are the language requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

You need to make sure that you meet the minimum language threshold in order to be eligible for the program.

You must meet the minimum level of

  • CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French) for speaking and listening, and
  • CLB 4 (English) or NCLC 4 (French) for reading and writing.

You must prove your language skills by taking a third-party language test from an agency approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

When creating your Express Entry profile, you must fill in all the information related to the language test you have taken for your first and, if applicable, second official languages.

If you are invited to apply, your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you submit your application for permanent residence.

This rule applies to all applicants who want to be considered under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Note: Completing an Express Entry profile is the first step to immigrate to Canada permanently as a skilled worker. Completing an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. An Invitation to Apply for permanent residence will be based on your score and rank in the Express Entry pool using the Comprehensive Ranking System.

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