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Canadian Express Entry System to Undergo Key Changes in June, 2017

Posted - 01, Apr 2017

A few crucial changes will be made in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) system of Canada’s Express Entry Immigration Program w.e.f. June 6, 2017. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a news release announcing the same on March 31, 2017.

Express Entry Overview

Express Entry is the most popular immigration program of Canada and every year thousands of Canada immigration aspirants register in the same. It reviews the registered candidates based on their points scored in the system and subsequently, issues the invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency to the successful candidates.

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Key Express Entry Changes Applicable w.e.f. June 06, 2017

The upcoming changes in the express entry will be 2nd major reform in the system after some crucial changes made in the CRS point calculator last year, i.e. November, 2016. Here are the key changes which will be effective June 06, 2017.

  • Additional CRS Points to the French Language Skills
Candidates looking to get permanent residency through express entry require showing their proficiency in either English or French language, as these two are official languages in Canada. However, effective June 06, 2017 the candidates having proficiency in the French language, also, more extra points will be awarded to the candidates who also prove their English language skills along with French. Let’s take a look.
  • As many as 30 additional points will be allocated to the candidates with satisfactory or better proficiency in French language along with English language ability CLB 5 or more.
  • As many as 15 extra CRS points will allocated to the applicants who will prove satisfactory (i.e. CLB 7) or better proficiency in French language, with English language skills, i.e. CLB 4 or less.

The Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) is the officially accepted French language ability test, by IRCC for the allocation of additional CRS points.

  • Additional CRS Points for Siblings in Canada

The express entry applicants, who have their siblings in Canada staying there as Canadian citizens or permanent residents (minimum 18 years of age), will be awarded 15 additional CRS Points in the express entry system, w.e.f. June 06, 2017. The additional CRS points will also be allocated if the applicant’s spouse or common law partner has a sibling staying in Canada as Canadian permanent resident or citizen.

The applicants or their spouses claiming such points must share parents (mother or father) with the Canadian sibling. The sibling relation can be via marriage, adoption, blood, or common law partnership.

  • Job Bank Registration will be Voluntary for applicants

Registration on Canada Job Bank will be voluntary for the express entry applicants with effect from June, 06. The candidates, who meet the express entry eligibility parameters, will be able to find place in the pool and receive invite if selected in any of the EE draws. However, if they don’t have job ready in Canada an want to trigger their job search, can register in the Job Bank.

Earlier, the candidates, not having a job offer, or provincial nomination, had to compulsorily register for the Job bank to apply for PR via express entry.

Ideal Time to apply for Canadian PR via Express Entry

The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has really streamlined the express entry system to benefit the more and more skilled workers from overseas. With eased rules and process, it has become relatively simpler to obtain Canadian permanent residency via express entry system. If you are an aspirant of Canada PR, get in touch with a trusted Canadian Immigration Consultant to get complete immigration process assistance and apply for the Permanent residency in Canada under expert guidance.

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