24 Mar, 2021
Canadian Authorities Increased express-entry points for French Speaking Immigrants.
“Today, we’re changing the highly-successful Express Entry System to make it easier for Francophone and bilingual immigrants to come to Canada – creating good, local jobs while helping Francophone communities flourish in all corners of our country.”, tweets Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, on October 28th 2020
Canada Immigration Ministry increased the express entry points from 15 to 25 for the French-speaking students and 30 to 50 for bi-lingual immigrants. The Government offers 25 points to candidates who have proven French-speaking capability even if they cannot speak English fluently. This new scheme aims for Canada to reach ‘4.4% French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec by 2023’. If stats are to be believed more than 60,000 francophone immigrants have come to Canada between 2003 to 2019. Alone in 2019, the country admitted 8,645 new French speakers.
The new Express Entry programs will make sure that most of the problems in Canada will get a brand-new system that is more receptive to the labour market, needs and keeps the competing nature in the global rat race for human resource.
The Express Entry will comprise four programs: Federal Skilled Worker (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades (FST), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Points will be awarded based on the eligible candidate’s demography plus languages like English and French. It is known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The highest scorers get ITAs (Invitations to Apply) based on regular Express Entry.
Candidates receiving ITA can apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The French-speaking people can get more than 50 points even if French is their second language.
In Canada, the practice of giving special points to Francophone people began in January 2015.
Eligible candidates will get 15 points more for a level 7 in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the Niveau de Competence Liguistique Canadiens (NLC), in addition to an English score of 4 or below in the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark). Points will go up to 30 if the French level 7 is added to an English level 5 or above. The extra points are in a combination of the existing language points. A maximum of 136 points can be given for a candidate’s first official language, and 24 points for the second.
The rise in express entry candidates identifies French as a vital skill, because of the increase in Express entry points for French-speaking people. To prove that you know French is much easier if you have learnt it, or picked it up as a second language or by immersing yourself in a Francophone environment. But, now that there is a rise in CRS, people are learning French from scratch by enrolling in courses like TEF/TEFQ, aiming for level 7 or above which will give the additional 50 points. Also, proving French abilities opens the option of Canada’s Provisional Nominee Program.
Other than French-speaking abilities, you are also awarded 15 additional points if you have a sibling living in Canada, plus you don’t need to apply for a Canada Job bank registration.
It will encourage Employers to secure an LMIA or Nominee under PNPs (Provincial Nominee Programs), to make sure the employees work under them for a long time.
For candidates, the minimum CRS score has been lower than 400 through 2017. Hence, this program enabled a large number of students/immigrants to receive permanent residence in Canada with/out job or nomination
Other than this learning French can also increase job opportunities across Canada as it is an official language of the country. It increases your chances of getting admission to top Canadian Universities. Also, ⅓ people in Canada speak, French so it will be easier for you to socialize in the localities.
Hence, learning French is not a bad idea though! Consider the facts and contact ESYLANG now to get enrolled in the French learning course we provide!