Understanding TEF and TCF: French Language Tests for Permanent Residency in Canada’s Express Entry
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system and you speak French, taking the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) or the Test de connaissance du français (TCF) can significantly increase your chances. These language tests are approved by Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and are used to demonstrate proficiency in French, one of Canada’s official languages.
The TEF and TCF tests examine four different abilities in French: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To claim Express Entry points for French language proficiency, you must take one of these tests, which include sections on comprehension de l’écrit, comprehension de l’oral, expression écrite, and expression orale. It is important to note that all language test results are valid for two years from the date of the test.
Taking the TEF or TCF language test can have a significant impact on your Express Entry profile. Candidates who provide strong results not only increase their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score but also enhance their chances with many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The CRS score is a score out of 1200 points assigned to candidates based on their Express Entry profile.
Candidates who submit TEF or TCF results showing Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 7 or higher receive additional points for French-language proficiency. In October 2020, the Canadian government increased the number of additional points given to French speakers with strong proficiency from 30 to 50. This means that having a high level of French proficiency can greatly boost your CRS score and increase your chances of success in the Express Entry system.
Furthermore, demonstrating French-language proficiency may make you eligible for specific French-speaking PNPs, such as Ontario’s program. Other programs, like Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Priorities stream, have also selected French speakers directly from the Express Entry pool. This means that having strong French-language skills can open up more opportunities for you to immigrate to Canada.
In addition to the TEF and TCF tests, French speakers have other options for Canadian immigration. Quebec, Canada’s French-speaking province, has a range of immigration programs specifically for French-speaking skilled workers. For example, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) requires all candidates to be proficient in French. The Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program also gives an advantage to those with demonstrated abilities in French. However, Quebec does not accept TCF results, so candidates interested in immigrating to Quebec can take the TEF or Test d’Évaluation de Français pour l’accès au Québec (TEFAQ).
It is important to note that if you wish to claim points for English-language abilities in Express Entry, you must take one of the two approved tests for testing English: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP).
In conclusion, if you speak French and are planning to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, taking the TEF or TCF language test can significantly increase your chances of success. Not only will it boost your CRS score, but it will also make you eligible for additional points and specific French-speaking PNPs. Understanding these language tests and their impact on your Express Entry profile is crucial for anyone seeking permanent residency in Canada.