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French-Speaking And Bilingual Express Entry Candidates Can Now Get More CRS Points Under The Revised CRS Criteria

Express Entry candidates are now eligible for more CRS points for speaking French, or being bilingual.

Canada has announced additional points in Express Entry System for French-speaking and bilingual Express Entry candidates. The move is aimed at helping to increase the Francophone immigration outside Quebec.

As per the announcement made by Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, French-speaking candidates will now receive 25 additional points for their language skills, up from 15; and bilingual candidates will now get 50 points, as compared to 30 from before.

Specific points for speaking French were first introduced in the Express Entry system in June 2017.

Canada is working towards admitting 4.4 per cent of French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec by 2023. According to officials, the current points available for French-speakers were not sufficient to help Canada meet that target.

In 2019, only 2.82 per cent of the French-speaking immigrants were admitted to Canada outside Quebec.

“Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity throughout the country,” Mendicino said, “It is also the right thing to do to help support Francophone communities right across Canada. We will continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities flourish.”

Canada welcomed more than 60,000 French-speaking immigrants between 2003 and 2019, including   8,645 new French-speakers admitted in 2019 alone. The percentage of Invitations to Apply issued to French-speaking candidates reached 5.6% in 2019, up from 4.5% in 2018.

IRCC plans to invest $40.8 million over the next five years to support the consolidation of a Francophone integration pathway and horizontal policy development.



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