Additional Points for French speakers and siblings: Express Entry Pool

Effective from 6th June, 2017 the permanent residency applicants for Canada can enjoy additional points for French speakers and siblings. This will higher the chances for qualification in the express entry system. All candidates with a sibling in Canada and those who have proficient French language skills will gain additional points under the new norm. These points will be added to the existing points under the Comprehensive Ranking System. The score is calculated out of a total of 1200 points to benchmark the federal economic applicants.

The CRS score is a cut-off point in express entry draw system. It gauges a candidate’s ability to be economically successful in Canada. Let’s take a deeper look at how these additional points will add to applicant’s benefits:

Points for Siblings

As of now, no additional points are given for siblings in Canada. Effective from 6th June, 2017, 15 additional points will be added to the existing CRS score for a sibling in Canada. To gain these points, an applicant must be able to prove the following eligibility rules:

  • The sibling is a citizen of Canada or holds permanent residency; and is living in Canada.
  • The sibling must be over 18 years of age.
  • The sibling must share a mother and/or father with the applicant or their spouse/ common- law partner.

A sibling relationship as a result of adoption will also qualify under this new rule. This new rule has been put in a place as the IRCC believes that sibling support network improves health and social outcomes by easing out and enhancing the applicant’s integration into a new life in Canada.

Points for French Speakers

At present, a PR applicant receives 136 points for the first official language and 24 points for the second official language. Effective from 6th June, 2017, 15 additional points will be added to the existing CRS score with proficient French language skills. 30 bonus points can be availed y applicants with proficiency in both French and English.

To be eligible for the 15 additional points, applicant must be able to:

  • Achieve test results at Level 7 or higher in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of the Niveaux de competence linguistique Canadiens (NLC).
  • Receive an English language test result of CLB 4 or lower.

To avail of the 30 points, candidates must:

  • Achieve test results at Level 7 or higher in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) of the Niveaux de competence linguistique Canadiens (NLC).
  • Receive an English language test result of CLB 5 or higher.

 

These additional points can greatly improve one’s scope and chances of successful immigration or permanent residency to Canada. It has brought in a new wave of positive change and hope for prospective applicants. Immigration to Canada is a great dream for many hopeful candidates and the many new rules and norms are raising these perspective’s chances.