IRCC held the fourth category-based draw in a week. It has announced the first ever French category-based Express Entry draw for candidates having strong French-speaking abilities.
It has invited 2,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 439, which is the lowest score of 2023.
And a total of 6 rounds of invitations has been issued within two weeks inviting 9,800 candidates through Express Entry draws.
IRCC has issued majority of invitations this week in this week. For the healthcare occupation, it has issued applications in two rounds, 500 applications with CRS score of 476, after that 1500 applications.
For STEM occupations, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), 500 applications invited with CRS score of 486.
For candidates with French abilities, 2300 applications invited with CRS score of 439.
Invitations for French Speakers:
Among the newly added categories for Express Entry draws, French Speaking ability is the only category which do not require work experience as the major selecting criteria.
The immigration minister of Canada has been making efforts to promote the French ability outside of Quebec. Canada aims to support the economin growth of the country through Francophone immigration outside Quebec by prioritizing the invitations for French speaking candidates.
According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-25, Canada is planning to admit upto 82,880 candidates through the Express Entry by the end of the year. The target will be raised to 114,000 by the end of the year 2025. The category-based draws will help the country to meet the targets of urgent skills & labour gaps in Canada’s workforce.