My IELTS scores are:

reading 5.5 
speaking 6.0 
listening 5.5 
writing 4.0

I also have 2 years of Canadian experience. My job is at NOC B level. Why was my application rejected?

  • What country are you apply to, and what reason was given for the rejection?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 10:40
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    You don't seem to meet the English (or French) language requirements. For NOC B, you need at least CLB 5 which means the Writing score needs to be 5.0. See this page.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 18:13
  • @mkennedy, Do you know what the question is?
    – ouflak
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 6:17
  • @ouflak I edited the question yesterday but it had to be approved. OP is trying for Canadian permanent residence. At least one reason it was denied is the IELTS scores. It's not a duplicate of our express entry IELTS question.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 7, 2016 at 13:51

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With a job classification of NOC B and applying under the Canadian Experience class, you have to have English language scores that equal a Canadian Language Board (CLB) of CLB 5 or 6. The equivalent IELTS scores are:


NOC   CLB Level      Test results for each ability
                    Listening  Reading  Writing  Speaking
B         6            5.5       5.0      5.5      5.5 
B         5            5.0       4.0      5.0      5.0 

Source: Language testing

Because your Writing score is 4.0, you do not appear to meet the English qualification. There may be other reasons why your application was refused, but this is almost certainly one of them.

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