top of page
  • Writer's pictureCalver Immigration Consulting Inc.

Are IELTS Required for a Work Permit Application? How to Determine if You Need Language Results for your Canadian Visa Application

As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, one of the most common questions I receive is whether the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for a work permit application. This blog post aims to simplify this issue and provide you with the necessary information needed for your application process.

What is the IELTS Test?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized English proficiency test. It measures your language proficiency in terms of listening, reading, writing, and speaking on a nine-band scale. Note that the CELPIP exam is an alternative to the IELTS test, I reference IELTS in this blog, but CELPIP is equally valid and accepted.


IELTS and Canadian Work Permits

When it comes to work permits in Canada, the requirements can vary depending on the type of work permit you're applying for, the type of work you will be doing, as well as your past education and experience.


1.     Type of Work Permit you are applying for

Canada has several different categories of work permits. Generally, open work permits such as those for spouses, those issued under public policies and those issued under the International Experience Class do not require IELTS.


On the other hand, those backed by a job offer, such as those supported by an LMIA are more likely to require proof of language proficiency.


When an employer prepares an LMIA, they can decide if they require English proficiency for the role, if they say that the role requires English proficiency, then you will likely need to include proof of your English proficiency with the application.



2.     Type of Work you will perform in Canada

It also must be said that the type of work you will perform in Canada will determine the level of language proficiency you must show.


For example, if you are in a high skilled occupation (TEER code 3 or higher), then you may need Canadian Language Benchmark level 5 for a Trades occupation, and Canadian Language Benchmark level 7 for a professional role. Essentially, the higher skilled the role, the higher your IELTS level should be.


On the other hand, if you will come to work in a less skilled role, such as a TEER level 4 or 5 role, Canadian Language Benchmark Level 4 may be sufficient.


3.     Your Previous Experience in English

Lastly, it must be noted that your previous schooling or work experience in English will also be considered. Generally, if a person has completed secondary or post-secondary school in an English-speaking country, we can often forego the IELTS requirement. On the other hand, if someone has not worked in English or did not study in English, IELTS can be a useful tool for avoiding refusals on a work permit application.


Final Thoughts

Navigating the immigration process can be complicated, and it's important to understand the specific requirements for your situation. While IELTS is not specifically required for a work permit application, I often tend to err on the side of caution and suggest that my clients sit the IELTS for us to include with their work permit application. It helps to avoid work permit refusals as a result of language proficiency issues.


As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, I am committed to helping you understand the immigration process and navigate any obstacles. If you have any questions or need further clarification, feel free to reach out. book an online consultation with us here.


Our Services

Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law serving those in Canada and abroad.

We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

Moving To Canada - 2023's Guide to Life in Canada.

I’ve written this guide to help you with the big-picture planning, detailing everything you need to know and do before, during and after this amazing process. This is more information than any other consultant is willing to share upfront at such a low rate!

115 views0 comments


bottom of page