Francophone immigration – Express Entry
Canada is seeking to attract more French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec. This will help contribute to the vitality, development and prosperity of Francophone minority communities in Canada.
If you want to immigrate permanently to Canada, you can create your profile in Express Entry. Express Entry is Canada’s new system for managing applications in a number of existing economic immigration programs:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program,
- Federal Skilled Trades Program,
- Canadian Experience Class, and
- portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.
Visit the Express Entry website for more information. You can also participate in Webconferences on Express Entry and Francophone life.
To create your profile, you will need to identify and prove your proficiency in one of Canada’s two official languages, French or English. Make sure that the first official language you choose is the one in which you are the strongest, so that you can increase your chances of earning higher points in Express Entry’s Comprehensive Ranking System.
If you speak both of Canada’s official languages, you can also provide approved language test results in your second official language. Candidates can get additional points for their proficiency in their second official language.
You can now also earn up to 50 additional points for strong French language skills (even if French is your second language). These are in addition to the points above.
If you score NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills, you can get
- 25 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or if you didn’t take an English test)
- 50 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills
Through Express Entry, candidates who have been invited to apply for permanent residence can expect to have their completed applications processed in six months or less.
See how Express Entry works.
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