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.