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New Changes to Express Entry For French-Speaking Immigrants Effective June 6

The federal government just announced new changes to Express Entry.

Effective June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills.

The Express Entry system currently awards points for language ability in either of Canada’s two official languages—English or French. On June 6, 2017, Express Entry candidates with strong French language skills, with or without English language skills, will be awarded additional points by the CRS. See specifications of the improvements here.

Other changes to the Express Entry system planned for June include points for candidates with siblings in Canada and voluntary registration with Job Bank.

For more information, please visit the government of Canada's news release.


Express Entry is Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system. Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy. These economic immigration programs include the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.