CCI Paris Ile de France

TEF Canada

For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada.

What are the tests?

You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 40 questions
  • Written comprehension: 60 min – 40 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written expression: 60 min – 2 topics to cover

You must take the following examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 40 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover

 Please note! All tests must be completed on the same day for your certificate to be recognized by Canadian authorities.

Find out more about the tests content and how the exam is conducted

To find out about the TEF Québec (TEFAQ) arrangements for immigration to Québec, click here.

How do I register?

Please contact your centre directly for more details on session dates, prices or for any questions about the organization of sessions near you.

Consult our list of testing centres

Sessions are also offered on the Paris Île-de-France CCI premises, at 5 rue Armand Moisant (Paris 15th district). Register online here

Finally, if you cannot find any authorized centres offering the TEF examination in your country, please contact us at the following address:

How do I obtain my results?

The statements of results are in digital format.

After Le français des affaires has received and corrected your exam, you will be sent an email within about 2 to 4 weeks, containing a link that will enable you to access your secure digital area and obtain your statement of results.

See an example of a certificate

The certificate lists your scores on each of the examinations. To determine the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) corresponding to your score, please refer to the CLB equivalency chart (chart in French).

Further details


What is the validity period for my test?

The results are valid for two years.

What level do I need to reach for my application to be accepted by IRCC?

The levels of language skills required for Canadian immigration procedures are listed on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Are there exemptions from the TEF Canada requirement?

To find out whether you need to take the TEF Canada examination, please contact the Ministry for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada directly.

Where can I find more information about Canadian immigration procedures?

To find out about the latest Canadian immigration procedures, please consult the IRCC website.

What is your policy for processing my personal data?

When your register for the TEF Canada examination, Le français des affaires will collect a certain amount of information in accordance with the Canadian laws on immigration applications.

If you obtain the required level, your data will be made available to the Canadian authorities. If you object to the transmission of this information or if you delete or modify this data, the Canadian authorities will be unable to process your immigration or citizenship application.

Le français des affaires will keep your data on file for 10 years. The data transmitted to the Canadian authorities will be kept on file in accordance with Canadian laws. They are not transferred to another party.

The data collected may also be processed for the purpose of carrying out studies and surveys, in order to improve our services. In this case, the data collected during surveys will be kept for a period of one year and will not be passed on to third parties.

According to the Data Protection Act of January 6th, 1978, as amended by Law 2018-493 of June 20th, 2018, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as adopted by the European Parliament on April 14th, 2016, you have at any time, a right of access to and rectification or deletion of all of your personal data.

If you wish to exercise this right and gain access to your personal data, please write to


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