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On July 7, 2023, IRCC has held an Targeted Express Entry draw making it the fourth in a row this week. Canada suprised everyone by first-ever French category-based Express Entry draw, inviting 2,300 candidates who possess strong French-speaking skills. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 439, marking the lowest CRS score of the year 2023.

The latest Express Entry draw marks the sixth round of invitations issued within a span of two weeks, bringing the total number of candidates invited through the Express Entry system during this period to 9,800.

The majority of invitations were issued this week. The most recent draw, which occurred on July 6, invited 1,500 candidates with work experience in healthcare fields. This draw was expected after an announcement was made alongside the first-ever Express Entry invitations extended to 500 healthcare professionals on June 27.

On July 5, another notable draw was held, specifically targeting candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions. In this round, 500 candidates were invited, and the minimum CRS score required was 486.

Targeted Express Entry Draw July 7, 2023 Results:

  • Express Entry Round: #256
  • Draw Type: Category-Based Targeted
  • Draw Date: July 7, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 439
  • No. of invitations: 2,300
  • Tie-breaking rule: January 20, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for Francophone Immigrants

The only category-based selection criteria that don’t rely on work experience is strong is the Targeted Express Entry for French-speaking immigrants.

Canada’s immigration minister has the goal of promoting the French language outside of Quebec. By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to support economic growth through Francophone immigration in regions outside Quebec. This approach recognizes the valuable contribution and the strengthening effect that French-speaking communities bring to these areas.

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Eligibility Requirements for Targeted Express Entry Draw in 2023

On May 31, 2023, Sean Fraser, the immigration minister of Canada, unveiled the new categories for category-based selection. These categories were anticipated after a law was passed in June of the previous year, granting the immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigration candidates based on specific attributes rather than solely relying on their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These attributes can include:

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Skilled Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations (including Truck Drivers)
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

You must also meet all the eligibility requirements for one of the three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

As per the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, Canada aims to admit up to 82,880 newcomers through the Express Entry system by the end of 2023. This target is projected to increase to as high as 114,000 by the end of 2025. The implementation of category-based selection can help Canada achieve these targets while simultaneously addressing critical skills and labor shortages in the country’s workforce.

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Need Help with Category-Based Targeted Express Entry?

If you are a healthcare worker, STEM professional, or French language speaker wishing to start a life in Canada, now is the perfect time to take action. Our team is here to provide expert guidance and support, helping you turn your dreams of living and working in Canada into a reality.

Meet Mr. Keshav Sharma, a highly qualified Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) specializing in all types of Canadian immigration matters.

For a limited time, eligible French-speaking candidates can take advantage of our comprehensive services starting at just CAD $999. Here’s what our tailored package includes:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate Express Entry profile and/or PNP Expression of Interest
  • Support with preparing documents in advance in anticipation of receiving an ITA
  • One-on-one ZOOM appointment with an RCIC to discuss your personalized case
  • On-going support from an RCIC throughout the process and even after

Take the first step towards transforming your aspiration of living and working in Canada into a reality by contacting us here or scheduling a consultation with us today.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting opportunity, and get ready to embark on a new chapter in your professional life.

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