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What Changes Have Recently Been Made to Express Entry

Citizenship immigration Canada has made improvements to the Express Entry system. Changes as of June 6, 2017:

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1. Points for Siblings in Canada

You can now earn 15 additional points if you (or your spouse or common-law partner who will come with you to Canada) have a brother or sister who is:

  • Living in Canada and
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Canada

To get these points, the brother or sister must also be

  • 18 years old or older
  • Related by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption
  • Have a parent in common
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2. You can get additional points for good French skills

If your NCLC score 7 or higher on all four French language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), you will get

  • 15 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or you have not had an English test); or
  • 30 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills

This is in addition to points you get for official languages.

3. Job Bank Registration Voluntary

It is now up to you if you want to create a Job Match account with Job Bank. If you meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry, you will be automatically be

  • Placed into the pool
  • Eligible for invitation rounds right away

You can still create a Job Match account to help you look for work.

Note: If you were invited to apply before June 6 2017, these changes will not affect you. If you think the changes affect you, you should:

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