Added points in store for French-speaking Express Entry applicants
Eligible candidates who are either French or Francophone speakers will now be qualified to get extra CRS points towards their Canada immigration application. Marco Mendicino, the serving immigration minister of Canada, has stated that applicants – fluent in French or bilingual – under the Express Entry system Canada will be eligible to get additional points. It helps them increase their CRS score by 10 to 20 points and increasing their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada.
This presents applicants with a massive opportunity to cash on their language skills to ramp up their CRS score meter skills. Canada is eager to allow up to 4.4 percent of French-speaking overseas immigrants outside of Quebec by 2023.
As per a media release by the Canadian government, the immigration department’s new move will aid the nation, reaching their immigration target upon lifting of the present pandemic caused travel-based restrictions. Even Mendicino was quoted as saying that “Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity throughout the country. It is also the right thing to do to help support Francophone communities right across Canada. We will continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities flourish.”
In between 2013 to 2019, more than 60,000 French-speaking immigrants had entered Canada, with 2019 alone, admitting 8,645 new French-speakers, which is why the IRCC plans to invest $40.8 million over five years to assist the growth of the Francophone integration route as well as horizontal policy development.