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NEW EXPRESS ENTRY ROUND OF INVITATIONS - DECEMBER 23, 2020
The Government of Canada issued on December 23 another round of invitations for permanent residence to 5000 candidates in its Express Entry pool. The cutoff score for this round was 468.
Express Entry is an online system that the Government of Canada uses to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. Candidates in the pool are ranked using a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). CRS points are awarded based on the applicant's age, education, language proficiency, work experience and other factors. The highest-ranking candidates in the pool are selected and invited to apply for permanent residence.
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PUBLIC POLICY EXTENDED FOR TEMPORAARY RESIDENTS APPLYING TO RESTORE STATUS - DEC. 31, 2020
Effective January 1, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is renewing a temporary public policy that provides more time for temporary residents to apply to restore their legal status in Canada.
This public policy recognizes that many temporary residents in Canada have been affected by worldwide health- and travel-related restrictions, and may need to remain in Canada for longer than they anticipated. Under the public policy, visitors, students and workers whose valid temporary status expired, or expires, between January 30, 2020, and May 31, 2021, will have until August 31, 2021, to restore their status. In addition, the public policy will continue to allow former work permit holders applying for an employer-specific work permit to work while a decision on their restoration application is pending.
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IRCC iNCREASES POINTS UNDER EXPRESS ENTRY FOR FRENCH-SPEAKING AND BILINGUAL CANDIDATES
On October 27, 2020, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. Express Entry is an online system used to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. This change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023.
While French-speaking immigration to Canada outside of Quebec has been increasing, recent data indicates that existing selection tools will not be sufficient to reach the 4.4% target by 2023. Awarding additional points to candidates with strong French language skills via Express Entry could increase French-speaking immigrant admissions to the 4.4% target by 2023. Making progress towards reaching this target will be facilitated by an eventual easing of travel restrictions associated with the global pandemic.
The change announced today will see the current number of points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates. This comes after we initially awarded points in June 2017 to candidates with strong French language skills.