French-speaking applicants are now eligible for more points to their immigration application for Canada Express Entry.
Recently, Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, stated that French-speaking and bilingual candidates would receive extra points under the Express Entry system. Francophone applicants will now get 25 additional points for their language skills. Bilingual applicants will now get 50 points as compared to 30 from before.
Canada aims to receive 4.4 percent of French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec by 2023. According to a government media release, this new initiative is meant to help Canada reach this target once travel restrictions eventually ease.
According to the data of 2019, the percentage of French-speaking immigrants accepted to Canada outside Quebec was 2.82 percent.
About the Express Entry system
Canada Express Entry is an online system used to manage requests for skilled workers who want to become Canada’s permanent residents. It allows eligible applicants to submit a profile to the government of Canada. Top-ranked immigration applicants are then invited to apply for permanent residence.
Applicants are then given a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are awarded for many factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English or French.
The highest-scoring candidates are given Invitations to Apply (ITAs) through regular Express Entry draws.
Once a candidate receives an ITA, they can then apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) typically hold Express Entry draws every two weeks.
The draws help by IRCC are not bigger than ever before. A draw on October 14 was recently issued, and it issued 4,500 ITAs to Express Entry candidates.
To add up, Quebec has its own immigration policy that targets French-speaking immigrants.
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