• Are you in the process of submitting a profile at Express Entry?
  • Can you speak French?
  • Even if you’re thinking of living in a province other than Quebec?

Then read on!

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You now have a way to add to your points total and improve your chances of getting a PR visa to Canada. That’s because a key part of getting an ITA after uploading a profile to Express Entry is your points total under the portal’s Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS.

Let’s quickly review the CRS points system and see how your French-language skills can help push you over the finish line.

Factor Points per factor – with spouse or partner Points per factor – without spouse or partner
A: Core Factors
  • Age,
  • Education,
  • Language Skills,
  • Work Experience
Maximum points
  • 100
  • 140
  • 150
  •   70
Maximum points
  • 110
  • 150
  • 160
  •   80
B: Spouse or C. Law Partner
  • Education
  • Language Skills
  • Canadian Work Exp.
Maximum points
  • 10
  • 20
  • 10
Maximum points
  • 10
  • 20
  • 10
C: Skill Transferability Factors
  • Language Skills + Post-Secondary Degree
  • Can. Work Exp. + Post-Secondary Degree
  • Language Skills + Foreign Work Exp.
  • Can. Work Exp. + Foreign Work Exp.
Maximum points
  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
Maximum points
  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
D: Additional Points
  • Bro./Sis. PR or Citizen
  • French Language Skills
  • Post-Sec. in Canada
  • Arranged employment
  • PN Nomination
Maximum points
  • 15
  • 50
  • 30
  • 200
  • 600
Maximum points
  • 15
  • 50
  • 30
  • 200
  • 600

Please note that:

  • Core Factors (A) + Spouse or C. Law Partner (B) = 500 points maximum total allowed
  • Skill Transferability Factors or C = 100 points maximum total allowed
  • A + B + C (Core + Spouse + Transf.) = 600 points maximum total allowed
  • A + B + C + D (Core + Spouse + Transf. + Additional) = 1200 points maximum total allowed

As you can see from the above chart, an additional 50 points for French Language Skills for someone who maybe doesn’t have a job offer or a PN nomination, can make the difference between being selected from your pool of candidates and offered an ITA or losing out and having to wait for another round of invitations.

 

So, how good does my French have to be to get those 50 additional points?

It has to be quite good, but so does your English. Let’s see why.

You have to score the equivalent of NCLC level 7 in your French language tests. The following table shows the minimum, equivalent scores you need on both the TEF and TCF French language tests in order to achieve the required NCLC 7 score.

NCLC Level Speaking Listening Reading Writing
TEF French Language Test
NCLC 7 310 – 348 249 - 279 207 – 232 310 – 348
TCF French Language Test
NCLC 7 10 – 11 458 – 502 453 – 498 10 - 11

However, you will also need to achieve a minimum CLB 5 in your English Language tests (IELTS or CELPIP) if you want to be awarded the full 50 points for your French language skills. If your CLB level is below 5 for your English test, you can only be awarded a maximum of 25 additional points.  

At the same time, CLB 5 is a reasonably achievable score for your English language tests (CELPIP level 5 in all 4 skills; IELTS level 5 in all skills except Reading for which you only need level 4). So, if you’re about to submit a profile to Express Entry, you will likely have English language test scores of at least CLB 5 or higher and will be eligible to gain a maximum of 50 additional points for your French language skills.

 

If I already have 600 points from my Core, Spouse/Partner, and Transferability factors (A + B + C), then can I include any additional points from my French language tests?

Yes!

That’s because – as we explained right below the first chart at the beginning – your points total for all four areas (A + B + C + D) can be up to 1200 points, and your French language abilities fall under D (additional points). In other words, those additional 50 points could be the difference for your profile.

Remember, you should always be looking to upgrade your skills in all 4 areas. Including your French Language skills, should you already have the ability to speak and understand at least some French.

 

If I include French Language skills in my Express Entry profile, does that mean I have to settle in Quebec?

No, it won’t.

Canada is an officially bilingual nation (English and French) and any French-language skills you can demonstrate are considered beneficial, no matter where in Canada you choose to settle.

 


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