IRCC Holds Its Second French-Language Category Express Entry Draw

IRCC Holds Its Second French-Language Category Express Entry Draw

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 13 Jul, 2023 | 05:09 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted its latest Express Entry draw. This is the second category-based Express Entry draw for the French-Language Proficiency category.

The Express Entry latest draw held on July 12, 2023, saw 3,800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued under the French-language proficiency category. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required was 375 to be eligible for this invitation round.

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IRCC conducted two French-category Express Entry draws in the month of July. The first one was held on July 7 which saw 2,300 ITAs. With the second draw held on July 12, the total number of ITAs French-Language Category sums up to 6,100. 

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Who Was Invited?

  • Number of invitations issued: 3,800
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,800 or above
  • Type of draw: French Language Proficiency (2023-1)
  • Date and time of round: July 12, 2023 at 13:36:01 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranking candidates invited: 375
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 15, 2023 at 23:49:05

If multiple candidates have the same lowest score, the cut-off score is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

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Eligibility Requirements to Apply for French-Language Proficiency Category

You must meet the following eligibility criteria to apply under the French-Language Proficiency Category -

  • You must have French-language test results with at least 7 CLB in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux De Comp├ętence Linguistique Canadiens.
  • You must qualify for all the requirements in the instructions for that invitation round.

Among the five recently introduced Express Entry selection categories, French-Language Proficiency is the sole category that does not prioritize work experience as the key attribute for receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Canada's Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has an objective of promoting the French language outside of Quebec. The IRCC recently announced the inaugural French-Language Proficiency Express Entry draw and stated, "Through prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to foster economic growth by encouraging Francophone immigration outside Quebec and acknowledging the positive impact it has on these communities, enriching and fortifying them."

Sean Fraser made an announcement on May 31, revealing that the IRCC has completed the development of six new selection categories for Express Entry draws. Alongside French-Language Proficiency, the categories encompass Healthcare Occupations, STEM Occupations, Trades Occupations, Transport Occupations, and Agriculture & Agri-Food Occupations, all of which will be taken into account for Express Entry draws in 2023. These categories were carefully selected based on labor market projections and through consultations with a range of partners, stakeholders, as well as provincial and territorial governments.


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