Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have a sibling in Canada or a proven French ability may obtain additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). In addition to the changes to the CRS points, registration in the Canada Job Bank is no longer mandatory, though candidates may still choose to register for Job Bank and pursue employment opportunities via this free service.
Candidates / candidates spouse or common-law partner with sibling in Canada may obtain 15 additional points. This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage or common-law partnership. Candidates with French ability may obtain 15 to 30 points.
Below is the snapshot of changes implemented as of Nov, 2016:
Job offer within NOC major group 00 200 CRS points
Any other skilled job offer 50 CRS points
Job offer duration requirement At least 1 year
1 /2 year post-secondary education in Canada 15 CRS points
3 year credential/Master’s/Entry to practice 30 CRS points
professional degree/PhD in Canada
Validity period of Invitation to apply 90 days
Changes implemented as of June 6, 2017:
Principal applicant or spouse/common-law 15 CRS points
partner having a sibling in Canada
French CLB7 or better+ English CLB 4 or below 15 CRS points
French CLB7 or better+ English CLB 5 or better 30 CRS points
Job Bank registration Voluntary