New Changes to the Express Entry – Additional Points to Candidates with Siblings and Language Proficiency

Have a sibling in Canada and want to immigrate there, as well? Immigration to Canada will now be even easier for you because there are some changes made to the Express Entry system.


As of June 6, 2017, there are two new changes made to the Express Entry system. The following are those two changes:

  1. Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have a sibling in Canada may obtain additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
  2. Additional points will be awarded to candidates with proven strong French ability.

These improvements to Express Entry are the latest to come from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that leads to a more dynamic Express Entry system which is now a main driver of economic immigration to Canada.

The improvements to the Canada Express Entry system are effective from today i.e. 6th June, 2017. The improvements will help support the integration of skilled workers as they start a fresh life in Canada. Canada can benefit a lot from these changes and it will help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use.


In addition to the changes to the CRS, registration in the Canada Job Bank is no longer mandatory for candidates without a qualifying job offer or a provincial nomination. Despite this, candidates may still choose to enter the Job Bank and pursue employment opportunities via this free service. Furthermore, a new approach to rank tied candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Who is affected by the June 6 changes?

In contrast to the changes that were made to the Express Entry system last November, no candidates will see a reduction in their CRS points total as a direct result of the changes introduced on June 6. As an affect of the new changes, those candidates that have their siblings in Canada or those that have strong French language skills and have proven it may obtain a boost in their score whereas, many of the other candidates will retain their existing score.


While each CRS point can be valuable to a candidate, it is worth noting that some of the other additional factors that currently exist are worth significantly more points than the new factors being introduced. Candidates with a sibling in Canada may obtain 15 additional points, and candidates with French ability may obtain either 15 or 30 points, while candidates with a qualifying job offer obtain either 50 or 200 points and candidates with a provincial nomination obtain 600 points. The latter factor is the single most valuable factor in the system.


Canada’s Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen stated that “As the improvements are implemented, I’m pleased that Canada will welcome more skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada who can help them quickly integrate into their new life here, and that we’ll continue to see Francophone minority communities flourish.”

Why siblings and what are the requirements to obtain these points?

According to IRCC, ‘having a sibling in Canada has been shown to improve health and social outcomes by accelerating a newcomer’s integration into their new life in Canada.’


Under the new changes, candidates in the Express Entry pool that has a sibling in Canada may be awarded 15 additional CRS points if the sibling is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and at least 18 years of age. However, these points will be awarded in total and the candidates with more than one sibling in Canada will not be awarded 15 points per sibling.

These points may also be awarded if the candidate’s spouse or common-law partner has a sibling in Canada. The candidate or his or her spouse/common-law partner must share a mother and/or father with the sibling in Canada. This relationship can be through blood, adoption, marriage, or common-law partnership.


French language proficiency:

Individuals who wish to enter the Express Entry pool and immigrate to Canada must first take a language test recognized by the Government of Canada in English and/or French. Out of 1,200 points available under the CRS, 136 points may be awarded to candidates that have proficiency in the first language, with further 24 available for ability in a second language.


However, as of June 6 candidates that prove proficiency in French language will be able to obtain even more points. A total of 15 additional points will be awarded to candidates who prove adequate intermediate (equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark, or CLB, 7) or better French ability, and English ability of CLB 4 or lower. Candidates who prove adequate intermediate or better French ability and who also prove English ability of CLB 5 or better, may obtain 30 additional points.

Immigration to Canada is now much faster and easier. Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently under the Canada Permanent Residency Visa and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy. Lalani and Associates is the best immigration consultants in Pakistan that can assist you in immigration to Canada. Contact us through our website:

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