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.
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:
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
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:
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.