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British Columbia offers numerous provincial immigration programs for professionals seeking Canadian permanent residence and settling in the province. Each BC PNP Program has specific language proficiency requirements for candidates to integrate and function well in Canadian society. In this provincial immigration guide, we will go over the BC PNP Language Requirements for each stream.

What Types of Language Tests are Accepted?

The BC PNP accepts the following types of language proficiency tests:

Note that your language test results must be less than two years old to be valid. Depending on the stream, you will need to submit these test results when you are filing your initial BC PNP application or after you have been selected.

Program Language Requirement
Skills Immigration (NOC TEER 2, 3, 4, or 5) CLB 4
Skills Immigration (NOC TEER 0 or 1) No specific requirement
Federal Skilled Worker CLB 7
Federal Skilled Trades CLB 4 (Writing/Reading), CLB 5 (Listening/Speaking)
Canadian Experience Class (NOC TEER 0 or 1) CLB 7
Canadian Experience Class (NOC TEER 2 or 3) CLB 5
BC PNP Entrepreneur Base Category CLB 4
BC PNP Regional Pilot Program CLB 4

Language Test Result Conversions

In some cases, you may be required to convert your language test results to determine what the CLB score is. An example of the test results you would need to score CLB 4 is shown for each test type in the following table:

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0
CELPIP 4 4 4 4
TCF 331 342 4 4
TEF 145 121 181 181

The validity of test results is two years from the date of issuing. Suppose a minimum level of language competence is required for your application. In that case, your test results must also be valid when you submit your application to obtain registration points for your test results.

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BC PNP Language Requirements for Skills Immigration Category

The BC PNP Skills Immigration category encompasses many different programs. This includes

  • BC PNP Skilled Worker
  • BC PNP Health Authority
  • BC PNP International Graduate
  • BC PNP International Post Graduate
  • BC PNP Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

Some programs require you to possess a job offer, while others do not. You will need to meet specific language requirements only if you are applying to a category that requires a job offer.

Skills Immigration Language Requirements for Job Offers in NOC TEER 2, 3, 4 or 5 Occupations

Suppose you have a job offer in an occupation that falls under the Canadian National Occupational Classification NOC TEER 2, 3, 4 or 5. In that case, you must score a minimum of CLB 4 in a language proficiency exam.

Skills Immigration Language Requirements for Job Offers in NOC TEER 0 or 1 Occupations

If your Canadian job offer is in an occupation that falls under NOC TEER 0 or 1, you don’t need to meet any language requirement.

BC PNP Language Requirements for EEBC Categories

Some of the Skills Immigration categories mentioned above include using an Express Entry-aligned immigration route. These EEBC streams are:

  • EEBC Skilled worker
  • EEBC Health Authority
  • EEBC International Graduate
  • EEBC International Post-Graduate

If you intend to use this EEBC option, you must ensure you meet the minimum language requirements for the Federal Express Entry Program you intend to apply for. The minimum requirements for each one are as follows:

  • Federal Skilled Worker: CLB 7
  • Federal Skilled Trades: CLB 4 in writing and reading categories. CLB 5 in listening and speaking categories.
  • Canadian Experience Class: CLB 7 for jobs in NOC TEER 0 or 1. CLB 5 for jobs in NOC TEER 2 or 3.

BC PNP Language Requirements for Entrepreneur Immigration

The BC PNP includes two Entrepreneur Immigration categories. The minimum BC PNP requirements for language in each category are as follows:

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Need help?

As you can see, you must meet strict language requirements for the majority of BC PNP streams. If you need help understanding the BC PNP IELTS requirement or want to improve your score, get in touch with our experts. Keshav Sharma, a regulated Canadian immigration consultant with years of experience in BC PNP cases, leads our team.

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5 Comments

  • Hassan says:

    Hi,
    I have a question, I received confirmation of BC PNP under international post graduate stream. And now I wanna apply for Pr under non express entry . I see that the english language test is the required on the list. Its required,? Why will do for this?
    I appreciate to answer and help me.

    • Kawal Sharma says:

      Hello Hassan,

      To discuss your specific situation and requirements in more detail, please Book a Quick Consultation Here with our immigration consultant.

    • sarah says:

      Hi Hassan
      I have the same situation. I received BC nomination for Skilled immigration under international post-graduate and now I am applying online through IRCC portal (through the nonexpress entry stream) and I see language requirement on the list. Did you find out whether it is required or not? because as per the BC website since international post-graduate doesn’t require a job offer, proof of english requirement is not needed. Did you hear a clarification on the matter? please let me know

  • sarah says:

    Hi Hassan
    I have the same situation. I received BC nomination for Skilled immigration under international post-graduate and now I am applying online through IRCC portal (through the nonexpress entry stream) and I see language requirement on the list. Did you find out whether it is required or not? because as per the BC website since international post-graduate doesn’t require a job offer, proof of english requirement is not needed. Did you hear a clarification on the matter? please let me know

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