What Proof Must I Provide To Demonstrate Adequate Knowledge Of English In My Canadian Citizenship Application?

I will be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship in September 2016. I have heard that I must now demonstrate adequate knowledge of English but I do not know how to prove this. What proof must I provide?

Citizenship and Immigration has published a detailed list of acceptable documents, which you may provide to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English or French. These documents include:


  • IELTS – General – either current or previously submitted with your immigration application
  • CELPIP – either General or General LS
  • TEF or TEFAQ for French
  • A transcript, diploma or certificate from a secondary school
  • A transcript, diploma, certificate or degree from a post-secondary school


Proof of achieving CLB/NCLC 4 in speaking and listening through a Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) orCours de langue pour les immigrants au Canada (CLIC) course

Further details regarding the scores required can be found on the CIC website at Government of Canada