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The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently organized the second Targeted Express Entry draw of 2023 exclusively for French-speaking immigrants. This draw, held on July 7, saw a notable invitation of 3,800 candidates who demonstrated strong French-speaking skills.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score for this draw experienced a dramatic drop. Reduced from 439, the CRS score reached a new low of 375, marking the lowest score recorded in 2023 thus far.

The substantial decrease in the CRS score can be attributed to the targeted nature of these draws and Canada’s emphasis on attracting French-speaking immigrants. 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 July 12, 2023 Results:

  • Express Entry Round: #258
  • Draw Type: Category-Based Targeted for French Language Proficiency
  • Draw Date: July 12, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 375
  • No. of invitations: 3,800
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 15, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for French Language Proficiency

The Targeted Express Entry for French-speaking immigrants is the sole category-based selection criterion that does not rely on work experience as a strong factor.

The immigration minister of Canada has set a goal to encourage the promotion of the French language beyond Quebec’s borders. Through prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada seeks to foster economic growth in regions outside of Quebec by means of Francophone immigration. This strategy acknowledges the significant contribution and positive impact that French-speaking communities bring to these areas.

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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. This legislation empowers the immigration minister to extend invitations to economic immigration candidates who will not only contribute to Canada’s economy but also promote the use of the French language outside of Quebec.

This significant development means that the 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 selection of these categories was the outcome of extensive discussions held with stakeholders, provincial and territorial governments, with the aim of identifying critical gaps within Canada’s labor market. 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

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.

In line with the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025, IRCC aims to admit 82,880 new permanent residents through the Express Entry system by the end of 2023. This number is 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 simultaneously strengthening Canada’s workforce.

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Need Help with Category-Based Targeted Express Entry?

If you are a French-speaking individual aspiring to begin a new chapter in Canada, seize this opportune moment to take proactive steps. Our dedicated team is here to offer professional guidance and support, ensuring that your aspirations of living and working in Canada turn into reality.

Mr. Keshav Sharma is 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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