Language Test Scores Required for Quebec Skilled Worker Program

December, 2011

New Canadian visa applicants who want to be eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker program will have to submit language test results along with their application to get points for language for French and/or English.

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From December 5, 2011, visa applicants under the Quebec Skilled Worker program will have to submit their language test scores as a proof of English or French language proficiency. The change has been applied worldwide to all applicants who come from a French or English speaking country, or neither. According to the Canadian government, the change is aimed at standardizing testing to make it fairer for all applicants.

For French, results of the following tests are accepted:

  • Test d'Évaluation de Français (TEF)
  • Test d'Évaluation de Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ)
  • Test de connaissance du français (TCF) pour le Québec
  • Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF)/ Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

For English, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the only language test accepted.

For those applicants who have their application received at Quebec Immigration visa offices or postmarked before December 5, 2011, their language proficiency will continue to be evaluated at an interview rather than via their language test scores.

However, Robert Baril, Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister for Immigration, suggested that all candidates whose applications were received before December 5 should also submit their test scores to prove their French or English language skills. This can speed up their Canadian visa application processing.

If you are interested in Immigration to Canada, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Canada