Mohanad Moetaz - 27 October, 2020
Francophones and bilingual immigration candidates will now receive additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points under the Express Entry system, immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced today.
Express Entry is the system that the federal Canadian government uses to manage permanent residence applications through the country’s three main economic class immigration programs:
The Canadian government is committed to reaching a total of 4.4 per cent of French-speaking immigrant admissions by 2023.
There has been an increase in French-speaking immigrant admissions to Canada over the last few years. In fact, in 2019, a total of 2.82 per cent of immigrants admitted to provinces other than Quebec, were French speakers.
However, it seems that this increase is not enough to reach the target in time.
Increasing CRS points awarded to French speakers through Express Entry may help Canada reach this target.
Another move that may help Canada increase French-speaking immigrants is the imminent easing of travel restrictions post-pandemic. The travel restrictions were first introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19.
How many additional points can French speakers receive?
Immigration candidates who score 7 or higher in the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) in all French language skills, will receive an additional 25 CRS points. Prior to this change, candidates received just 15 points.
Those who also score 5 or higher in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in all English language skills, will receive 50 CRS points. Prior to this change, candidates received just 30 points.