If you don't have enough points to immigrate to Canada through FSW, French might be just what you need!
French can give you up to 74 extra points on your CRS score!
If you have 400, you go to 474.
If you have 450, you go to 524! How cool is that?!
The big majority of candidates on the Express Entry pool have a score between 350 and 400:
Data from Sep 14th, 2021
These candidates (with a score between 350 and 400) have the minimum requirements to enter the Express Entry pool, and that's great for them!
But, realistically speaking, it is very unlikely that they will ever get an ITA (Invitation To Apply) through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW).
The main reason is that FSW draws ("No Program Specified") historically only invites candidates with a score bigger than that!
Which means that if you are on that range, YOU NEED TO BOOST YOUR SCORE!
Assuming that English will be the first official language on your Express Entry profile, if you have French as the second language, you can get up to 74 extra points on your CRS score!
CRS rules say that you can get up to 6 points for each ability (reading, writing, speaking and listening) on the second official language (French in this case):
So, if you get CLB 9 or more on all the abilities, you get 24 points.
On top of that, if you score CLB 7 or higher on all French abilities, and CLB 5 or higher on all English abilities, you get an extra 50 points!
Which gives us a total of 74 points!
Even if you don't get the maximum score on the French test, anything above CLB 7 will already give you 50 additional points! (As long as you have CLB 5 or more on English).
All of this (learn French) is easier said than done, I know! But it is definitly worth to invest the time on it!
Remember, immigration is NOT easy! So, if you must spend a couple of hundred hours learning French, so be it! The ones that put in the effort are the ones that will eventually succeed on their immigration plan!
Candidates that say "I don't have the time/energy to learn French" (or anything else related to the immigration plan - French is just an example here), unfortunately, probably won't make it. :\