As of June 6, 2017, additional points under the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada, as well as to candidates with proven French skills. These changes are intended to improve integration of newcomers into Canadian society, and contribute to the growth and prosperity of Francophone minority communities in Canada. Other changes to the Express Entry system include voluntary Job Bank registration and changes to how candidates with tied scores will be ranked. The following is a summary of the updates to the Express Entry system as of June 6:
- An additional 15 points will be awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada. The sibling must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Canada, and at least 18 years of age. To be eligible, the candidate or their spouse/common-law partner must share a mother or father with the sibling (either through blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption).
- A total of 15 additional points will be awarded to candidates with Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) level 7 or higher in listening, speaking, reading and writing French, and English tests results of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 or lower, or no English test results at all.
- A total of 30 additional points will be awarded to candidates with NCLC level 7 or higher in all four language skills in French, and CLB 5 or higher in all four language skills in English.
- Job Bank registration will be voluntary and all candidates that meet minimum Express Entry requirements will be automatically entered into the pool and eligible for invitation rounds.
- Candidates with tied CRS scores will be ranked according to the date and time that their profile was submitted. Updated profiles will keep their initial date and time stamp, while candidates who withdraw their profile to complete a new one, or whose profiles have expired and must submit a new one, will be issued a new time and date stamp.
For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2017/03/express_entry_improvementsspring2017.html