[slider]The Express Entry system constitutes the gateway to filing a skilled worker application to live in Canada permanently. It is apparent that (at least with respect to the Canada Experience Class category), the minimum level of English or French language skill depends on the degree of education that the intended job in Canada requires. Similarly, applicants falling under the Federal Skilled Trades category (which incudes jobs typified by less formal education), require less fluency in language than those jobs that may fall under the Canada Experience Class (i.e. National Occupational Classification jobs at the “B” level). In turn, those Canada Experience Class jobs falling under the NOC “B” level require less language ability than those National Occupational Classification jobs at the “A” or “0” level.
The Canada Experience Class requires at least 12 months of full-time work experience within the past three years. The concern for those aspiring to become a Canada Experience Class candidate is that the specific work performed in Canada dictates the level of language skill required. As such, if you worked in a National Occupational Classification level “0” or “A” job, you are ineligible to apply under the Canada Experience Class unless your language level is at the Canadian Language Benchmark (or CLB) of 7. On the other hand, if your work experience in Canada was at the National Occupational Classification level of “B”, then a lower Canadian Language Benchmark (or CLB) applies (i.e. CLB 5)
The Federal Skilled Worker program, another pathway into the Express Entry system requires a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (of CLB) of 7 in English (in French, the requirement under the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) is also 7) .
The above language requirements constitute only the entrance into the Express Entry pool. To be competitive, one must have regard to the language levels that are specified under the Express Entry system. The language requirements therein favour applicants who have scored a level of CLB 10. Such requirements ensure that only those elite students from non-English speaking countries (i.e. those who can obtain a high quality education in the English or French languages) would be favoured under Canada’s immigration system, particularly when the Invitation To Apply is prefaced by a higher selection threshold.
Other applicants who don’t fare as fluently under under the language factor must make up the shortfall by having more work experience, or a Labour Market Impact Assessment-approved job offer. Possessing the latter ensures in the eyes of Canada’s immigration system the successful establishment of the foreign national into the Canadian labour market.
If you have any difficulties navigating the language requirements for immigrating to Canada, contact Toronto immigration lawyer Max Chaudhary of Chaudhary Law Office.