In order to integrate oneself into the Canadian labour force & society, proficiency in English or French is the primary criteria. Better the skill level in these languages, easier the chance of obtaining permanent residence & Canadian citizenship. 

Express Entry candidates are assigned a score based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which takes into account core human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills. 

An applicant is assessed on four language parameters like reading, writing, speaking & listening. Candidate without a spouse can earn up to 290 CRS points for language proficiency under the Express Entry system

Break-up of maximum 290 CRS points for language proficiency under the Express Entry system:



CRS points

Core/human capital factors: Official languages proficiency 160
Skill transferability factors: Good/strong languages proficiency and factors such as education and foreign work experience 100
Additional points: Scored NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills and scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills 30


A recent study noted that throughout 2019, Express Entry candidates have needed a CRS of around 460 points to be eligible for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada. From this, it is clear that language proficiency may contribute up to 63 per cent of the points required to qualify for permanent residence.

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More International students have a chance to become immigrants due to strong language skills

There are over 600,000 international students in Canada with surveys indicating half of them want to gain permanent residence. International students preferring Canada as their study destination tend to need a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level of a 7 (out of 12) if they wish to apply for immigration under a federal or provincial program. 


CLB 4 can get you Canadian citizenship

OECD noted that 91% of immigrants in Canada who had lived for at least 10 years in the country held citizenship. Minimum language proficiency CLB level 4 or higher may secure your Canadian citizenship. 

Contact your Canada Immigration Consultant to begin your process of immigration to Canada.

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