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What are the language requirements for provincial nominees?

If you apply under the Provincial Nominee Program in a semi- or low-skilled job, the province will require that you have a third-party language test before they will nominate you.

This test will show whether your language skills meet a minimum standard in each of these four categories:

To meet the eligibility criteria for one of the following skilled worker programs under Express Entry:

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

You must be prepared to submit a copy of your test results when you apply for permanent residence. If we request a copy of your test results and you do not submit them, your application will be considered incomplete and we will send it back to you.

The test must be a third-party language test from an agency approved by IRCC.

You should check the website of the province you want to nominate you to find out more about whether you need to take a test.


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