Is CLB 6 compulsory for Express Entry for Canada PR?

Is CLB 6 compulsory for Express Entry for Canada PR?

Express entry is a lucrative and fast economic immigration program specially designed for migrants planning to immigrate to Canada for better financial opportunities. 

One of the basic requirements for any Canada PR program is language proficiency which ensures you are able to accommodate and blend in the culture of the country you are planning to immigrate to. However, having a perfect score or setting the benchmark in language test score is not the goal here.

So coming to the question whether you need CLB 6 for express entry for Canada PR?

The answer is 

Certainly not! 

For Canada PR express entry is one of the popular and fast processes most popular among immigrants. CLB 6 which is IELTS Reading 5, Writing 5.5, Listening 5.5 and speaking 5.5 is not a compulsory for applying in express entry. So in case you do not have CLB 6 you can still apply under the express entry. There are two categories under express entry for Canada PR:

Federal Skilled Trades Category

The minimum requirements of Federal Skilled Trades category are as follow:

  • Under this category the language requirements are CLB 5 or IELTS Reading 5, Writing 5.5, Listening 5.5 and speaking 5.5.
  • You need to have at least 2 years of full time work experience.
  • Your skill/work experience should be under the National Occupation List level B.
  • Also, there is no such minimum education but to claim points in the assessment for FST you would need your educational qualification assessed by Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) organizations. This can increase your CRS score and increase your chances of selection.
  • A valid job offer from a Canadian employer for a minimum period of 1 year is required.
  • Further, your minimum age at the time of application should be 18 years and above.
  • Adaptability factor which includes your spouse (if any) applying, family relations in Canada or arranged employment in Canada.


Additionally, you would be required to provide proof of finances which justify the fact that you will be able to support your stay in the province.

Once you meet the following requirements you must ensure that you have an online express entry profile. With a remarkable score under the Comprehensive ranking system you stand a chance of Canada PR.

Another benefit of the program we can say is the fact that processing time for express entry Federal Skilled Trades is 6 months. 

So, one can surely have an expedited result in less time.


Federal Skilled Worker Category

In case you are an experienced candidate with few years of experience be it in a managerial job, professional job or technical jobs and trades then Federal Skilled Worker category is your answer for Canada PR.

Following are the requirements for this category to apply under express entry:

  • Firstly, you should have at least minimum of 1 year work experience in the skill that you wish to apply in.
  • Your work experience should qualify under National Occupational Classification for Skill level O, A or B.
  • Managerial jobs (skill type 0)
  • Professional jobs (skill level A)
  • Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B)
  • Ensure you have minimum of post secondary education qualification. For your educational qualification you would need to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment.
  • The Language Proficiency requirement is IELTS 6 in each reading, writing, listening and speaking which is CLB 7.
  • Also your age at the time of applying should be 18 years.
  • Adaptability factor which includes your spouse (if any) applying, family relations in Canada or arranged employment in Canada.


Once, you meet the basic requirements you need to score a minimum of 67 points for being eligible for assessment in express entry pool.  Apart from this you would also be required to provide proof of funds in order to settle and support yourself for Canada PR.

For both the categories Federal Skilled trades worker and Federal Skilled Worker category in case your spouse or common in law partner is applying you can claim points for their language requirement, educational qualification and work experience under the adaptability factor.

So, in a nutshell it can be said that even without having a CLB 6 you can qualify for express entry program. Apart from this there are several Provincial Nominee Programs or PNP programs too where the language requirement under the programs is less.  Also, in case the province nominates you, you get an additional bonus of 600 points and improve your CRS ranking.


It is always wise to ensure a complete profile assessment by a licensed immigration officer to know the best program suitable for you. West Highlander established in the year 2005 are trendsetters and pioneers in best Canada immigration consultancy providing successful results. In case you have a query related to Canada PR or any other immigration query you can always consult are seasoned immigration consultants who can provide you results in no time.