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Recent Changes to Express Entry

Good French skills and having siblings get you extra points and now, tie-breaker for candidates with the same score.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on November 10, 2017; updated November 10, 2017

Recent Changes to Express Entry

Express Entry has been the main driver of skilled and professional migration to Canada.

In 2017 the number of invitations to apply (ITA) came up to 77,773, more than half of the 142,618 issued since 2015 when the current selection system began.

To keep the immigration train running even faster and more efficiently, Canadian Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen announced Canada’s intention to admit about a million more immigrants to Canada over the next three years.

The other recent announcement from IRCC  is being shared for our readers, viewers and the migrant public.

The following changes will affect only invitations after June 6, 2017 (from the official announcement of IRCC)

The CRS scores of all profiles in the pool will be updated automatically before the next invitation round after the updates. This could take up to two weeks.

Improvements to the Express Entry system.

Additional points for good French skills

If you score NCLC 7 or higher on all four French language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), you will get

  • 15 additional points if you scored CLB 4 or lower in English (or you have not had an English test); or
  • 30 additional points if you scored CLB 5 or higher on all four English skills

This is in addition to points you get for official languages.

Points for siblings in Canada

You can now earn 15 additional points if you (or your spouse or common-law partner who will come with you to Canada) have a brother or sister who is:

  • living in Canada and
  • a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

To get these points, the brother or sister must also be

  • 18 years old or older
  • related by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption
  • have a parent in common

Job Bank registration voluntary

It is now up to you if you want to create a Job Match account with Job Bank.

If you meet the minimum entry criteria for Express Entry, you will be automatically be

  • placed into the pool
  • eligible for invitation rounds right away

You can still create a Job Match account to help you look for work.

New approach to rank candidates with the same CRS score

Tie breaker between candidates with the same rank in the pool.

The Express Entry system ranks candidates in the pool by their CRS score. In case of a CRS tie, the system will then rank all tied candidates based on the date and time that they submitted their profile.

Example cited by IRCC:

The highest ranked candidates are invited during rounds of invitations. If we issue 3,500 invitations during a round, the system will pick the top 3,500 candidates at that time. The cut-off for the round is set by the CRS and submission date of the 3,500th candidate. It could look something like this:



Profile submission
(Date and time)




October 14, 2016 at 20:40:56




February 5, 2017 at 11:32:01




March 27, 2017 at 08:12:23




March 27, 2017 at 9:54:39

Still in the pool



June 3, 2017 at 22:57:12

Still in the pool

Note, if you update your profile, the system will keep the original date and time stamp when you first submitted your profile. But, your profile will have a new time and date stamp if:

  • you choose to withdraw your profile and create a new one instead or
  • your profile expires and you submit a new one

What you can do

Not everyone will be affected by these changes. If you think you are not affected, you don’t need to do anything.

If you think the changes affect you, you should:

  1. Log into your online account and check your Express Entry profile.
  2. If you update your profile, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will update your score. (It may take up to 24 hours for the system to update your score)

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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