Canada invites 1,000 French-speaking candidates in new Category-Based Express Entry Draw
On December 7, 2023 the most recent category-based Express Entry draw opened to issue a total of 1,000 invitations specifically to candidates demonstrating proficiency in the French language. Particularly, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw was comparatively low, set at 470 points.
This draw was strategically tailor-made for Francophone candidates, reflecting the Canadian immigration system's pledge to promoting linguistic diversity. By prioritizing French language skills, the draw aims to improve the representation of French speakers within the Canadian immigration landscape, encouraging a more inclusive and multilingual society.
Express Entry draw on 7 December 2023
- EE Draw date and type- 7 December 2023, EE draw for French language proficiency (2023-1) category candidates
- ITAs issued- 1,000 ITAs (Invitations to Apply) for Canadian PR Visa issued
- CUT OFF- The CRS score requirement for this draw was 470 points.
- Tie-breaking Rule- October 03, 2023 at 04:45:27 UTC
With this new EE draw, Canada has now issued total 100,971 Invitations in 37 separate Express Entry invitation rounds held in 2023 until date.
This targeted Express Entry draw highlights Canada's dedication to linguistic diversity and presence within its immigration framework. By allocating invitations entirely to candidates proficient in the French language, the country reiterates its commitment to recognizing and valuing linguistic skills as a key factor in immigration eligibility.
Since, Canada is now regularly conducting category-based Express Entry draws for Francophone candidates, therefore, it indicates a great prospect for the candidates who have proficiency in French or planning to learn the French language. The candidates with decent French language ability have higher chance of getting the ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR) Visa despite having relatively low CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score.
Category-Express Entry draws will be key in 2024
In May month of this year, i.e. 2023, the IRCC revealed its plan to organize Express Entry invitation rounds cantered on distinct categories. These draws target Express Entry candidates who meet particular criteria, such as possessing proficiency in the French language or having professional experience in one of the below five designated occupations:
- STEM professions
- Agriculture and agri-food
The Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will hold category-based draws in 2024 as well, providing opportunity to the candidates having experience in in-demand occupations in Canada.