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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.

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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