Canada makes changes to express entry program

June 7, 2017

The Canadian government has made new changes to its express entry immigration program, which will now award more points to applicants who have siblings in Canada and to those who have strong French language skills. CTV News reports that starting this week, the system will award 15 points to candidates who have siblings in Canada who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents aged 18 or older. “Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in an update on its website. The program will also award up to 30 additional points to candidates with strong French-language skills, depending on their scores on language tests. CTV News reports that the additional points can be awarded regardless of whether the candidate also has English language skills. CTV News