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The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted the fourth Targeted Express Entry draw for French-speaking immigrants. The draw took place on September 27 and saw 500 candidates invited who had demonstrated proficient French-speaking skills.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw experienced a significant increase from 435 to 472 since the last draw happened on August 2, 2023. By adopting a focused approach, the government aims to encourage an increasing number of French speakers to create Express Entry profiles and pursue opportunities in Canada.

Targeted Express Entry Draw September 27, 2023 Results:

  • Express Entry Round: #266
  • Draw Type: Category-Based Targeted for French Language Proficiency
  • Draw Date:  September 27, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 472
  • No. of invitations: 500
  • Tie-breaking rule: August 16, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for French Language Proficiency

The Targeted Express Entry for French-speaking immigrants is the only category-based selection criterion that does not rely on work experience as the decisive factor. The immigration minister of Canada has set a goal to promote the French language beyond Quebec’s borders. By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada seeks to foster economic growth in regions outside Quebec through Francophone immigration.

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Eligibility Requirements for Targeted Express Entry Draw in 2023

DateDraw TypeInvitationsCRS Cut-off Score
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

On May 31, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, made an announcement regarding the finalization of categories for category-based selection. These specific categories were formulated subsequent to the enactment of Bill C-19 in the country’s parliament last June, which subsequently became law. The immigration minister now has the authority to 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 are as follows:

  • 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

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.

IRCC aims to admit 82,880 new permanent residents through the Express Entry system by the end of 2023, a number projected to increase to 109,020 in 2024 and further to 114,000 by 2025. The introduction of these new Category-Based Express Entry categories will play a crucial role in ensuring that newcomers contribute towards meeting these immigration targets while strengthening Canada’s workforce.

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Need Help with Category-Based Targeted Express Entry?

For French-speaking individuals aspiring to begin a new chapter in Canada, our dedicated team is here to offer professional guidance and support. Our services include:

  • submitting a complete and accurate Express Entry profile and/or PNP Expression of Interest
  • support with preparing documents in advance
  • a one-on-one Zoom appointment with an RCIC to discuss your personalized case
  • and ongoing support from an RCIC throughout the process and even after

This comprehensive package starts at just CAD $999 for eligible French-speaking candidates. Contact us here or schedule a consultation to take the first step towards transforming your aspiration of living and working in Canada into reality.

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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