Changes Announced to Express Entry Program

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced changes to the allocation of points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry. These changes will go into effect after June 6, 2017 and include:

  • 15 additional points will be awarded to candidates with siblings that are above the age of 18, are living in Canada, and are either permanent residents or Canadian citizens.
  • 15 additional points will be awarded for candidates who are able to demonstrate French tests results of Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens (NLC) at level 7 in all four categories and English test results of Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 4 or lower.
  • 30 additional points will be awarded for candidates who are able to demonstrate French tests results of NLC at level 7 in all four categories and English test results of CLB 5 and above.
  • Candidates will still receive up to 136 for their first official language and up to 24 points for their second official language.
  • Job Bank registration will no longer be mandatory. Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will automatically be placed in the Express Entry pool.canadamap

More details will be provided by IRCC closer to June 6, 2017.

To book a consultation to determine how these changes may affect your application, or to see if you will now qualify for permanent residency, please contact us soon!