Points System Updated to Recognize Language Skills and Benefits of Permanent Residency Amongst Families
Canada’s Express Entry program shortens application wait times for skilled candidates pursuing permanent resident status. The program’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) awards points to applicants based on their skills, education, language, and experience. High-ranking applicants have a greater likelihood that they’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent resident status.
Express Entry awards those who will integrate, participate, and excel in Canadian society, both socially and economically. And while it can be a challenge to navigate the program, applicants can always get help from an immigration lawyer.
These CRS changes will award more points to those deemed more likely to contribute and integrate into Canadian society. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, detailed the changes (as reported in a CTV News article), which came into effect on June 6, 2017. They include:
- Awarding 15 points to applicants with a sibling in Canada, who is a 18 years old or older, and either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and,
- Awarding up to 30 additional points to applicants with strong French-language skills—determined by a French-language test.
Siblings in Canada
With this amendment to the CRS, Canada recognizes the importance of family reunification amongst newcomers, especially between siblings. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) found that newcomers with siblings in Canada are better able to integrate into Canadian society.
When starting a new life in a new country, social, emotional, and economic support from a family helps new residents form social networks, find jobs, learn new languages and customs, and adapt to their new homes.
French Language Skills
Additional points for strong French-language skills are meant to encourage French-speaking newcomers to contribute to the growth of Francophone minority communities. Since Canada is an officially bilingual country, French speakers are welcome and encouraged to participate in Canadian society throughout the country.
These changes are an example of how Canadian immigration is adapting to meet the needs of Canadian society. While Canadian society certainly benefits from skilled immigrants in the workforce, the quality of life and support of newcomers is just as important.
If you or a family member would like to become a candidate in the Express Entry program, contact a Canadian immigration lawyer for help with the process.