Changes to the Express Entry Requirements and Comprehensive Ranking System

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Immigration Canada has made the following changes to the Express Entry requirements and Comprehensive Ranking System:

  1. Job Bank Registration:

Effective June 6, 2017 registration with a Job Bank after candidates creates their Express Entry profile is no longer mandatory. Prior to now after creating an Express Entry Profile, candidates were mandated to register with the Government of Canada Job Bank within 30 days, failing which candidates profile would expire.

Candidates can now choose whether or not to register with the Job Bank thereby making the profile creation process simpler.

The Job Bank is a free resource and candidates are advised to consider registering with Job Banks as they may be fortunate to get matched with an employer.

  1. A Sibling in Canada who is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident:

Effective June 6, 2017, candidates in the Express Entry Pool who have siblings in Canada (Canadian or Permanent Resident) will be awarded additional 15 points under the comprehensive ranking system. The idea behind this is to welcome skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada who can help them quickly integrate into their new life in Canada.

These points are also awarded if the candidates or their spouse has a sibling in Canada.

  1. Submitted Result for a French Language Test:

Effective June 6, 2017 If you score NCLC 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.

  1. New Method to Ranking Candidates with same CRS for the purpose of issuing an ITA:

Where there is a tie between candidates with the same rank in a pool during a round of invitation, IRCC can now break such ties by ranking all tied candidates based on the date and time they submitted their profile.

This means that for tied candidates with the same rank in the pool, it would be on a ‘first create’ basis.  Interested candidates are advised to get into the pool as soon as they possibly can to secure an earlier spot in readiness for a round of invitation.

Please contact us if you would like to get into the pool.


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