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Citizenship & Language

All citizenship applicants aged 18-54 filing their applicants from today forward must submit upfront evidence of their (English/French) language ability. At a minimum, applicants must demonstrate that they have achieved a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of Level 4 or higher in speaking and listening.

Acceptable evidence of language proficiency will include:
  • Results of a CIC-approved third-party language test (only listening and speaking) - IELTS-General, CELPIP-General, and TEF
  • Evidence of achieving CLB/NCLC Level 4 or higher in certain government-funded language training programs;
  • Proof of completion of secondary or post-secondary education in English or French, in Canada or abroad:
    • provide transcripts confirming program completed in English or French;
    • provide copy of degree, diploma or certificate showing completion of program in English or French;
CIC will also be returning any applications that use pre-November 2012 forms, or applications that fail to include upfront proof of language proficiency.

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