Canada held First French language proficiency category based Express Entry draw

Canada held Express Entry draw of first category-based selection for French language proficiency

On February 1 – 2024, 7,000 candidates invited with strong French-speaking abilities. Candidates needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 365.

Strong French-speaking abilities are the only category-based selection criteria that does not use work experience as the key attribute for the six new selection categories.

Canada’s immigration minister has a mandate to promote the French language outside of Quebec. In a release announcing the draw for French-speaking Express Entry candidates IRCC said by prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers.

Following table shows details of Express Entry Draws held in 2024:

Draw Date Type of Draw Min. CRS Score Invitations Issued in this Draw
10-Jan-24 All Program 546 1510
23-Jan-24 All Program 543 1040
31-Jan-24 All Program 541 730
01-Feb-24 Category-based 365 7000
Total No. of Invitations in 2024 10280

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.


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