If you are preparing for a permanent residency in Canada, you must have heard of language proficiency test. Then, do you know how much it affects to your application for permanent residence? It is required to have a English or French language proficiency test for the most Canadian permanent residency programs. In some cases, some programs state that it is not mandatory, but you may be requested to submit a language proficiency test result based on an examiner's judgment. As a result, it is difficult to apply for permanent residence without English or French test scores. The reason why an English or French test is necessary for permanent residency in Canada is because immigrants who are fluent in English or French are more likely to contribute to Canada's workforce and society after immigration.
For example, one of the popular Canadian permanent residency programmes, the Canadian Federal Immigration Program, Express Entry (EE), calculates a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based primarily on human capital factors such as age, work experience, and language skills. The language skills are determined by the English or French language proficiency test and you can get maximum total 290 points in the ranking system. The total number of points in the ranking system is 1200 and in order to receive invitations, the average score should be around 460-470. If you can get up to 290 points in language scores, this can in no way be negligible. In other words, assuming that 460 points are required to get a permanent residency invitation, this means that up to 63% out of total score can be made from language skills.
One of the reasons that many Canadian students were able to obtain permanent residency in Canada these days is that the language skills that were developed by studying abroad greatly supported them.
There are currently about 600,000 international students in Canada, half of which aim to obtain permanent residency. 25% of the 90,000 applicants who achieved the Canadian Permanent Resident Status (ITA) in 2018 were international students with Canadian degrees or diplomas.
Depending on the application program, CLB7 or higher is usually required when applying for permanent residence for Express Entry programs and CLB4 or higher is usually required when applying for PNP or state immigration programs. Of course, it varies from state to state, but even if the minimum score required by the state is usually CLB4, the higher the CLB is, the better chance it will be to get enough score for permanent residency.
Because language proficiency testing continues to play a large role in obtaining permanent residency in Canada, it is important to improve your language skills if you have a goal to move to Canada. The emphasis on language skills may be discouraging for some people, but from the other side, the language test is valid for two year, so making sure your language scores in advance will make it easier to apply for permanent residence in the future.