French language skills given priority in new changes to Express Entry
Starting on June 6, 2017, the Express Entry application system for skilled workers will award additional points to candidates who have French language skills. This will give French-speaking skilled-worker immigrants a better chance of meeting the minimum number of points required to be eligible to receive an invitation to apply to be a Permanent Resident. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, stated that this change is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing Francophone immigration and the growth of Francophone communities across Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has also indicated that there will be further changes to the Express Entry system in June 2017, including awarding points for candidates with siblings in Canada and voluntary rather than mandatory registration with Job Bank.
The news release from IRCC is available online here.