Second Express Entry draw of the week issues 1,000 ITAs

Second Express Entry draw of the week issues 1,000 ITAs

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 08 Dec, 2023 | 04:54 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a new Express Entry draw today. This was IRCC’s second Express Entry draw of the week. Yesterday, IRCC invited 4,750 candidates in an all-program Express Entry invitation round.

The Express Entry latest draw held on December 07, 2023, saw ITAs being issued to 1,000 candidates under the Express Entry French language proficiency category. Invited candidates required a minimum CRS score of 470 - to be eligible for this invitation round.

This was the sixth invitation round conducted by IRCC for French-language proficiency candidates in 2023.

Express Entry Eligibility

Express Entry Draw #273

Type of draw: French language proficiency (2023-1)

  • Number of invitations issued: 1,000
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,000 or above
  • Date and time of round: December 07, 2023 at 16:35:25 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranking candidates invited: 470
  • Tie-breaking rule: October 03, 2023 at 04:45:27 UTC

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. Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program,  Canadian Experience Class and Federal Skilled Trades Program may be issued through this round of invitations.

French-Language Proficiency Category Eligibility

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.

Previous French Language Proficiency Category Draw

Previous French Language Proficiency Category Draw

Draw No. Date Number of ITAs Minimum CRS score
#270 October 25 300 486
#266 September 27 500 472
#260 August 02 800 435
#258
July 12
3,800
375
#256 July 07 2,300 439

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Canada Seeking More Francophones

As compared to the other five newly announced Express Entry selection categories, French-Language Proficiency is the only one that does not consider work experience - to be invited to apply for Canada PR.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has a mandate to promote the French language outside of Quebec. IRCC quoted, “By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to support economic growth through Francophone immigration outside Quebec while recognizing how it enriches and strengthens these communities.”

IRCC has noted that they will:

  • Develop new immigration policies to restore and increase the demographic weight of francophone communities across Canada.
  • Promote selection efforts of French-speaking Canada PR holders.
  • Support French-speaking immigrants with settlement services.
  • Set ambiguous yet achievable targets to increase francophone PR admissions.

According to Canada’s latest Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is looking to welcome 31,500 French-speaking permanent residents (PRs) in 2025 and 36,000 newcomers under the same category in 2026.

Read More: Canada Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

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Source: canada.ca



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