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The Minimum IELTS Score Requirement for Canada Immigration

If you are thinking about migrating to or studying in Canada, you may have read about the requirements relating to IELTS scores and information about the different IELTS Band. The scoring system can be complicated and the IELTS requirements for different Canada immigration programs can vary. This blog will provide you with a summary of all the information you need to know regarding IELTS score when applying for migration to Canada:

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, commonly known as IELTS, is one of the most recognized international standardized tests of English language for non-native English speakers. There are two kinds of IELTS, namely IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The former is designed for people applying for higher education or professional registration, while the latter test is geared for those planning to migrate to Canada, Australia and the UK.

Both versions include assessments for the four language skills: listening, writing, reading and speaking. It should be noted that the IELTS test can be taken by native English speakers as well.

What are IELTS Band Scores?

IELTS results are reported as band scores on a scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being the lowest (non-user), and 9, the highest (an expert user). A score is given for each individual test component: listening, reading, speaking and writing. These scores will then be averaged and rounded to produce an overall IELTS band score.

IELTS Test Format

Essentially, IELTS is comprised of four categories: listening, reading, speaking and writing, with a total exam time of under 3 hours. You have the choice to take the IELTS exam on paper or on a computer in select test locations. The Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the exam are on the same day without breaks in between. The Speaking test could either be held on the same day or seven days before or after that, depending on the test center’s arrangements.

For a paper-based IELTS exam, you will answer the Listening, Reading and Writing parts on paper, while the Speaking test will be carried out with a trained IELTS Examiner.

For computer-based IELTS exam, you would still need to have a face-to-face exam with a trained IELTS Examiner for the Speaking test, while the rest of the tests will be done on a computer.

Minimum IELTS Score For Canada Immigration

There isn’t a single minimum IELTS score requirement for applicants interested in migrating to Canada. In fact, the IELTS score requirement for each Canadian immigration can vary. Here are the details of the minimum IELTS Score for some of the Canada immigration Programs:

Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) :

  • This program does not necessarily require IELTS or any other language knowledge. In some cases, if the applicant lacks selection points (due to age or education), IELTS scores can be used to compensate.

The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot:

  • To apply, minimum Listening 4.5, Reading 3.5, Writing 4.0, Speaking 4.0

Ontario Entrepreneur Program (OINP):

  • To get nominated for Canadian Permanent  Residence, the applicant is required to have Listening 4.5, Reading 3.5, Writing 4.0 and Speaking 4.0

Canada Skilled Worker Express Entry:

  • Minimum of IELTS Band 6 in all four categories. However, if applicants can reach 8 for Listening and 7 for the other three categories, it means significantly more points and is much more beneficial for the application.

Canada Family Sponsorship Visa:

  • No requirement

As IELTS is one of the most popular English language tests in the world, it is the test of choice for many educational organizations, professional associations and employers across Canada. All universities and colleges accept IELTS, and all professional associations that have minimum language requirements for professional registrations also recognize IELTS results.

Advantages of IELTS For Canada Immigration

IELTS score is a good indication of the applicant’s English proficiency, which is strongly related to his/her ability to integrate into the community and the workplace. As Canada is a diverse country with residents from all around the world, studying for the IELTS exam and achieving a high score can prepare your immersion and understanding of the local culture once migrated to Canada. It will play a positive role in finding a job, enrolling in universities or joining a professional association.

Migrating to Canada and Europe With No Language Requirements?

Are you thinking about immigrating to Canada? Some investment programs such as the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) have no IELTS score requirements, and Quebec is famous for its high living quality and the low real estate prices are very appealing.

For those interested in immigration to Europe, the Greece Golden Visa Immigration Program and the Cyprus Golden Visa Immigration Program are two popular investment immigration programs and do not require any language tests or proof of language proficiency.

Our team of professional immigration lawyer consultants at Simard & Associates are experts in immigration applications. If you are interested to know more about which immigration program fits you, feel free to give us a call at +852 2169 0388 or fill in our online enquiry form to get in touch!

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