Skilled immigrants with siblings in Canada awarded points
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to Express Entry that will help Canada “welcome more skilled immigrants” whose siblings can help them integrate faster and who can contribute to the country’s Francophone communities.
Express Entry changes go into effect June 6, 2017, and express entry will start awarding 15 points to applicants who have a sibling in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and aged 18 or older. Canada's Express Entry system awards up to 1200 points based on their education, training, work experience and language skills. Before now, no points were awarded to applicants with siblings in Canada.
Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society.
Almost 34,000 invitations to apply for permanent residence were issued to express entry candidates in 2016.
Express Entry was launched by the Canadian Government on January 1, 2015, as a way to choose skilled immigrants as Permanent Residents to Canada based on their ability to settle in Canada successfully.
Express Entry is used to manage applications for Permanent Residence under three federal economic immigration programs: