IELTS is the only international English language test trusted for migration to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) trusts IELTS for all visas that require you to provide proof of English language proficiency. IELTS is the world’s most popular test of English. 

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IELTS English test for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) 

If you make a visa application to stay or move to Canada, you need to be aware of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canadaexternal icon (IRCC) requirements for English language tests. 

So, when you apply for a work visa, professional recognition or for permanent residency in Canada, it is likely that you will be required to present evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS General Trainingexternal icon is the only internationally available English proficiency test accepted by IRCC for immigration to Canada. 

The IELTS test you take – and the score you need – will depend on both your visa requirements and/or the requirements of the institution where you plan to study or work. 

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If you intend to study in Canada, it’s likely you need to provide evidence of your English. Schools and Universities in Canada trust IELTS Academic as evidence of your English language proficiency. 

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What English language test do you need for migration to Canada? 

The available language tests for Canadian Immigration are: IELTS, CELPIP and TEF. And, almost every category of economic immigration to Canada requires you to submit the results of a language test. What test you need, and what score you require depends on the program you apply for. 

What is the difference between IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF? 

 You have to provide language test results from a recognised test provider. IRCC trusts and recognises two test providers in English, IELTS, and CELPIP. CELPIP stands for and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. There is also an option if you need (or want) to take your language test in French. In that case, you should do the TEF: Test d’évaluation de français. Regardless of the test, all three tests give you a score for each of four language abilities: listening, reading, writing and speaking. 

However, IELTS is the only English language test that is available internationally. So, if you are in New Zealand and you are thinking about moving to Canada, make sure you book your IELTS test

IELTS is one of the biggest English tests in the world which means lots of countries and institutions will recognise it.  

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  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada trusts IELTS
  • IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 organisations globally
  • We offer more FREE practice and support material than any other test.

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Is there a preferred English test for migrating to Canada?

IRCC does not have a preferred English test. So, this means you can choose what test you want to take. And which test is more convenient for you. IELTS has been testing English language for over 25 years. And, we test more than 3 million test takers each year.


As the most respected English test in the world, IELTS offers more free practice tests and support material than any other test. It’s designed to help you succeed. IELTS is available at 15 test centres in New Zealand, IELTS is the English language test that supports your New Zealand study, migration and career goals.


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How will the IELTS Masterclass help you?

Join us online or face-to-face at a free IELTS Masterclass near you. Presented by an IELTS expert, the free IELTS Masterclass will help you:

  • Improve your English skills in IELTS writing, reading and speaking
  • Understand common IELTS mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Understand how IELTS is scored and the assessment criteria
  • Ask the IELTS expert anything you’ve wanted to know!