How does CIC measure how well I can speak English or French when applying for citizenship?
We use the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) / Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) to measure if you have adequate knowledge of English or French. To get Canadian citizenship, you must reach CLB/NCLC Level 4 or higher.
CLB/NCLC is the official standard used in Canada to describe, measure and recognize how well someone can communicate in their second language. Using a standard like CLB/NCLC means everyone is evaluated the same way.
There are two ways we measure how well you can speak and listen in English or French.
- First, if you are 14 to 64 years of age when you apply, you must send documents with your citizenship application that prove you can speak and listen in English or French at Level 4.
- Second, we will note how well you communicate when you talk to staff or a citizenship officer during your interview.
Using the CLB/NCLC, a citizenship officer will make the final decision if you have adequate knowledge of English or French.
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