What CELPIP Score Is Needed For Citizenship?

Many people wish to apply for Canadian citizenship due to an array of beneficial factors. And more often than not, they are confused and puzzled regarding the procedure for gaining citizenship and what kind of CELPIP scores are required for a successful application of citizenship. 

Here we explain what you need to look out for while applying for citizenship in Canada.

To become a Canadian citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

1. Be a permanent resident.

2. Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years.

3. Have filed your taxes, if you need to.

4. Pass a citizenship test.

5. Prove your language skills.

Let’s elaborate on each of these five requirements. 

1. Status as a permanent resident

If you want to apply for citizenship, you must be a permanent resident (PR) in Canada, regardless of your age.

This implies that you must not:

– Be under investigation for purposes of immigration or fraud.

– Be asked to leave Canada by Canadian officials (removal order).

– Having unmet conditions relating to your PR status, such as: medical examination.

Before applying for citizenship, be assured you’re qualified by reviewing the documentation you received when you became a permanent resident. To apply for citizenship, you do not need a valid PR card. You can apply even if your PR card has expired.

2. How long have you resided in Canada? (physical presence)

During the five years preceding the day you sign your application, you (and some minors, if appropriate) must have spent at least 1,095 days (3 years) physically in Canada.

If there is an issue with the computation, we recommend applying with more than 1,095 days in Canada. You may be able to include some of the time you spent in your calculations:

– As a temporary resident or as a protected person in Canada.

– Time spent outside Canada if you were a Crown servant or a family member of a Crown servant. 

3. Filing your income taxes

You may be required to file taxes in Canada for at least three years in the five years before the application date.

4. Pass a citizenship examination

You must take the citizenship test if you are between the ages of 18 and 54 on the day you sign your application. You’ll be asked questions regarding Canadians’ rights and responsibilities, as well as Canada’s history, geography, economy, government, laws, and symbols

The test is:

– Either in English or French.

– 30 minutes long.

– 20 questions (pass mark: 15 correct answers).

– Multiple-choice and true or false questions.

– Based on the official citizenship study guide: Discover Canada.

– Usually a written exam, but may be oral.

5. Language abilities

The official languages of Canada are English and French. You must demonstrate that you can speak and listen at a certain level in one of these languages if you are 18 to 54 years old on the day you sign your application.

The following are some of the methods the government of Canada assesses your English or French language skills:

– Examining the proof that you bring with your application. 

– Assessing your language ability during a hearing with a citizenship official, and  if necessary, evaluating how well you communicate when you speak with a citizenship official at any point during the process. 

The following table shows what CELPIP score is needed for citizenship in Canada.



Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program – General Test (CELPIP-G) or General (Listening and Speaking) Test (CELPIP-G LS)

4 or higher (up to 12) in listening and speaking

Hence, you must meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4 or above to become a citizen. This result indicates that you can:

– Participate in short, ordinary discussions regarding common themes.

– Simple instructions, inquiries, and directions are easy to comprehend.

– Use fundamental grammar, such as simple forms and tenses.

– Demonstrate that you are familiar with enough common terms and phrases.

– Respond to queries and express yourself.