Second Express Entry draw of the week invites 2,500 candidates

Second Express Entry draw of the week invites 2,500 candidates

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 01 Mar, 2024 | 04:32 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted another Express Entry draw. Just yesterday on February 28, the department issued 1,470 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates across a General draw.

The Express Entry latest draw held on February 29, saw 2,500 ITAs being issued in a category-based selection draw for candidates with strong French Language Proficiency. Invited candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 336.

Express Entry Draw #287 - Results

Type of Draw: French Language Proficiency

  • Number of invitations issued: 2,500
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 2,500 or above
  • Date and time of round: February 29, 2024 at 15:58:53 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 336
  • Tie-breaking rule: January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC

If you’ve been invited to this Express Entry draw, you will have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residency to the IRCC. If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

Express Entry’s French Language Proficiency Category

To be eligible under the French-Language Proficiency category, candidates must:

  • Have French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all 4 language abilities on the Niveaux De Compétence Linguistique Canadiens.
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that invitation round.

As compared to the other five newly announced selection categories for Express Entry, French-Language Proficiency is the only one that does not consider work experience as the key attribute to be invited to apply for Canada PR visa. Canada is enhancing efforts to welcome French-speaking skilled workers, aiding national identity and economic growth. Minister Marc Miller announced Express Entry rounds for skilled workers with specific experience or French proficiency.

This initiative aims to address labour shortages and boost Francophone communities across Canada. Targets set for Francophone immigration outside Quebec aim for 6% in 2024, 7% in 2025, and 8% in 2026. New policies, like the Policy on Francophone Immigration, emphasize supporting Francophone communities' vitality and economic development. Express Entry will continue to prioritize candidates fluent in French, aligning with Canada's commitment to these communities' prosperity.

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Summary of Express Entry Draws in February 2024

February has been a busy month for IRCC.

Including the Express Entry latest draw, IRCC invited 16,110 candidates across six invitation rounds in February. These included General Express Entry draws, Program-specific Express Entry draws, and Category-based Express Entry draws. This was the second category-based Express Entry draw conducted by IRCC in 2024. The previous draw also invited candidates from the French Language Proficiency categories.

Draw No. Date of Draw
Draw Type
No. of ITAs
Minimum CRS
February 28, 2024
#285February 16, 2024 Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations 150 437
#284 February 14, 2024 Healthcare Occupations 3,500 422
#283 February 13, 2024 General Draw 1,490 535
#282 February 01, 2024French-Language Proficiency 7,000 365

Next Express Entry draw

Express Entry draws are conducted every two weeks, usually on a Wednesday. The number of ITAs, minimum CRS score, and draw type are determined by the IRCC. This varies depending on factors including, the Canadian economy, labour market, and the immigration targets set in the Canada Immigration Level Plans 2024-2026.

The next Express Entry draw is projected to be conducted on March 02, 2024.

Stay tuned for more Canada Immigration News.

Read More: 3-Step process after receiving ITA for Canada PR


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