Are you a Francophone or French-speaking Express Entry candidate? You will now be eligible to get more points towards your application for immigration. This was announced by Marco Mendicino, Canada’s Immigration Minister.
French-speaking Canada immigration candidates will now get 25 extra points for their language proficiency. Earlier, this was 15 points. Bilingual candidates will get 50 points. This was 30 points before.
The aim of the Canadian government is to admit 4.4% of immigrants who speak French outside of Quebec by 2023. With this new initiative, Canada expects to achieve this target after the COVID-19 induced travel restrictions ease.
The development of minority Francophone communities outside of Quebec is part of the Canadian government’s plan for achieving economic growth. It will also contribute to prosperity in the long-run all across the country.
Between 2003 and 2019 60,000 French-speaking immigrants arrived in Canada. It’s noteworthy that just in 2019, 8,645 new French-speakers arrived in Canada. This affirms the Canadian government’s diligence in its plans to bring up minority French-speaking communities and bilingual immigrants.
IRCC is making an investment of $40.8 million over 5 years to support the consolidation of an integration pathway for Francophones.
About the Express Entry system
Express Entry is an application management system that manages immigration applications for 3 federal immigration systems namely FSWP, FSTP, and CEC. Eligible candidates are given a score based on CRS, decided based on factors like education, age, work experience, and language proficiency in English or French.
The candidates who score the highest points are issued ITAs via regular Express Entry draws. Upon receiving an ITA, they can apply for Canada PR. IRCC holds bi-weekly immigration draws.
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IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skilled Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply
PR – Permanent Residence