This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made changes to Express Entry Program.
Starting 6th June 2017, the Express Entry system will be awarded 15 additional points to candidates who have siblings in Canada and will also start adding up to 30 additional points to candidates with strong French-language skills.
These changes come after studies have shown that those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society and French-speaking newcomers contribute to the growth.
Previously, 5 points only were awarded to applicants with siblings in Canada.
In another statement, the profiles of such candidates who did not register with Job Bank within 30 days expired. Individuals without a job offer or a provincial nomination, and who had not yet registered in Job Bank, were ineligible for selection during IRCC’s draws from the pool.
However, as of June 6, this is no longer the case because Canada we’re allowing people to go to Job Bank on an optional basis instead of as a required step.
The Job Bank is a free government-supported resource that aims to connect employers with potential employees based on workers’ skills and experience, and for that reason Express Entry candidates may see value in having a presence there.