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The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 7,000 candidates in a Targeted Express Entry specifically for candidates with French language proficiency.

Candidates needed a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 365, the lowest minimum CRS score of the year so far.

This is the week’s second draw, following the January 31 draw, where 730 candidates were invited in a general draw with a minimum CRS of 541.

Targeted Express Entry Draw February 1, 2024 Results:

  • Express Entry Round: #282
  • Draw Type: Category-Based Targeted for French Language Proficiency
  • Draw Date:  February 1, 2024
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 365
  • No. of invitations: 7000
  • Tie-breaking rule:  September 08, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for French Language

The Targeted Express Entry for French-speaking immigrants is unique among category-based selection criteria because it doesn’t solely rely on work experience as the decisive factor. Canada’s immigration minister has a clear goal: to promote the French language beyond Quebec’s borders. By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to stimulate economic growth in regions outside Quebec through Francophone immigration.

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DateDraw TypeInvitationsCRS Cut-off Score
April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491
April 10, 2024General1,280549
March 26, 2024French language proficiency (2024-1)1,500388
February 29, 2024 French language proficiency2,500336
February 16, 2024 Agriculture and agri-food occupations150437
February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations3,500422
February 1, 2024French language proficiency7,000365
December 21, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations400386
December 20, 2023Transport Occupations670435
December 19, 2023Trade occupations1,000425
December 8, 2023STEM occupations5,900481
December 7, 2023French language proficiency1000470
October 26, 2023Health Occupations3,600431
October 25, 2023French language proficiency300486
September 28, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations600354
September 27, 2023French language proficiency500472
September 20, 2023Transport Occupations1,000435
August 3, 2023Trade Occupations1,500388
August 2, 2023French Language Proficiency800435
July 12, 2023French Language Proficiency3,800375
July 7, 2023French Language Proficiency2,300439
July 6, 2023Health Occupations1,500463
July 5, 2023STEM Occupations500486
June 28, 2023Health Occupations500476

Targeted Express Entry Draw Requirements

On May 31, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced the finalization of specific categories for category-based selection. These categories were formulated after the enactment of Bill C-19 in the country’s parliament last June, which subsequently became law. Now, the immigration minister can invite newcomers based on particular attributes, such as language proficiency or work experience, rather than solely relying on the overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The chosen categories include:

  1. French-language proficiency
  2. Healthcare Occupations
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  4. Skilled Trade occupations
  5. Transport occupations (including Truck Drivers)
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

This approach aims to enhance the immigration process by considering specific skills and attributes beyond just the CRS score, fostering a diverse and skilled pool of newcomers to contribute to Canada’s growth and prosperity.

Candidates 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.

Need Help with Category-Based Targeted Express Entry?

Candidates with strong French language skills receive invitations based on their proficiency, regardless of their CRS score. The program considers specific work experience in the designated categories. Our team assists eligible French-speaking candidates throughout the process, from profile submission to personalized consultations with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

Reach out to our team to explore this exciting opportunity. Schedule a one-on-one Zoom appointment with an RCIC to discuss your case.

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