French Speakers Express Entry and Siblings Immigration

There are new and easy ways for Express Entry candidates to gain additional points in order to be issued an invitation to apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence as announced by the immigration authorities of Canada. On 6th June, 2017, the changes for Siblings And French Speakers Express Entry Points came into. See below for more information.

Candidates that has a sibling in Canada can now gain additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Candidates with the ability to speak and understand the French language are also set to benefit from increased CRS points under the revised system.

CRS is a score out of 1,200 that is use to rank candidates for immigration to Canada through the economic programs against one another. It is a part of the Express Entry system, which was established in January, 2015 to process residency applications.

Express Entry Points For Siblings:

To qualify for this Express Entry points, candidates must prove that:

  • The sibling is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident that is living in Canada
  • The sibling is more than18 years of age
  • The sibling have same mother and/or father with the principal applicant OR their spouse/common-law partner.
  • Relationships through adoption will qualify under the new rules.

These points are being offered as IRCC believes the support network a sibling offers “has been shown to improve health and social outcomes by accelerating a newcomer’s integration into their new life in Canada”.

The purpose of this new Express Entry points for siblings is that, Canada’s economic immigration system now has an element of family reunification contained within it.

Express Entry Points For French Language Skills:

Single permanent residency candidates received up to 136 points for their first official language, and up to 24 points for their second official language on the 6th of June. Candidates can receive up to 148 points for the first language (taking into account both partners’ language skills), plus an additional 22 points for a second language (the accompanying spouse/partner may only be assessed for one language) only if they have spouse/common-law partner in Canada. However, up to 100 additional points may be awarded for language ability in combination with other factors through the skills transferability factors of the CRS.

To avail of the 30 points, candidates must:

  • Have test results at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 7) or higher in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing); and
  • Demonstrate English ability of CLB 4 or lower (or no English language test result at all).

According to IRCC, “French-speaking newcomers contribute to the growth, vitality, and prosperity of Francophone minority communities across Canada”.

Job Bank Registration Now Voluntary:

Previously, Express Entry candidates that does not have a qualifying valid job offer or provincial/territorial nominations are required to create a Job Bank account. This step was made necessary and highly important in order to be placed into the Express Entry pool and become qualified for an invitation. This registration is made voluntary. Regardless of whether they have registered for job Bank,  qualified candidates are now placed in the Express Entry pool.

Express Entry Changes:

The latest and current improvement to the system is the new Express Entry points for French speakers and siblings, which was introduced in January 2015 in order to select candidates to be awarded Permanent Residency in Canada.

The latest raft of change is not as dramatic as those that occurred last November. In other words, it’s unlikely to lead to a major shift in the number of CRS points required by candidates before they may be invited to apply for permanent residence.

However, this will be a welcome idea by those with siblings in Canada, and French speakers, and it is in accordance with the Canadian government’s stated objective to make it easier for families to relocate and reunite in Canada.

You can also see what makes a valid job offer under Express Entry