Canada – Express Entry Updates

Additional Points for Candidates with Strong French Language Skills

What has changed

Effective June 6, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will allot additional points to Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills in an effort to diversify Francophone minority communities across Canada. At present, primary applicants (with no accompanying spouse) can get up to 136 points for their first official language and up to twenty-four (24) points for their second official language (either English or French).

Who is affected?

  •  Express Entry candidates with French language skills

What to expect

Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills (with or without English language skills) will be awarded additional points.

  • A total of fifteen (15) additional points will be awarded for official test results of the NLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens) level seven (7) in all four (4) language skills in French (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and an English test result of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of four (4) or lower.
  • A total of thirty (30) additional points will be awarded for test results of the NLC at level seven (7) in all four (4) skills in French and English test results of CLB of five (5) or higher.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

Additional Points for Candidates with Siblings in Canada

What has changed

Effective June 6, 2017, the Express Entry system will award fifteen (15) points to candidates with siblings in Canada. This will improve candidates chances of obtaining permanent residence invitations in subsequent draws.

Who is affected?

  •  Express Entry candidates with siblings in Canada

What to expect

In order to obtain these additional points, candidates must demonstrate that their sibling is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is living in Canada and is eighteen (18) years of age or older. The sibling in Canada must share a mother or father with the principal Express Entry applicant or their spouse or common-law partner. Relationships can be through blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

Registration with Job Bank will now be Voluntary

What has changed

Effective June 6, 2017, Job Bank Registration for Express Entry candidates becomes voluntary for all candidates. At present, after completing an Express Entry profile, candidates are required to create a Job Bank account if they do not have a valid job offer or a provincial or territorial nomination before they are placed in the pool and become eligible for an invitation round.

Who is affected?

  •  Candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry

What to expect

Candidates who meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry will be automatically be placed into the pool and immediately eligible for invitation rounds.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.