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Canada’s Express Entry Invites 800 French Speakers in the Latest Invitation Round

Robert Cannon



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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada successfully launched another round of Express Entry invites on August 2, 2023. This draw confirms the government’s dedication to luring skilled immigrants into the nation. The latest express entry draw invited 800 candidates in the French Language category to apply for permanent residency. With a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 435, this draw provided chances for candidates looking to build a future in Canada.

A Look at the French Language Category

Candidates with a strong command of the French language were given extra consideration in the most recent Express Entry draw. This effort supports Canada’s commitment to fostering bilingualism and linguistic diversity. The nation strives to improve cultural integration and economic prospects in French-speaking regions by enthusiastically seeking persons who speak French.

Eligibility: French Language Proficiency Category

You must meet the following criteria in order to qualify under the French-Language Proficiency category:

  • Potential candidates must demonstrate a minimum score of 7 in French language tests in each of the four language abilities on the Niveaux De Compétence Linguistique Canadiens
  • Must adhere to all requirements listed in that invitation round’s standards.
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Note: Of the five recently revealed Express Entry selection categories, French-Language Proficiency is the only one that does not consider work experience when issuing an ITA.

Quick Recap of Express Entry Draws – French Language Category

In a category-based selection draw for French-speaking candidates, the IRCC welcomed 3,800 applicants on July 11, 2023. They demanded a CRS score of at least 375 which was by far the lowest CRS score for any Express Entry draw this year. Prior to this draw, on July 7, a total of 2,300 invites were sent out to Express Entry applicants who had a CRS of at least 439.

On May 31, IRCC unveiled new category-based selection criteria emphasizing particular qualities rather than just a high CRS score. Candidates for Express Entry now fall into six additional categories: Jobs in the healthcare and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Strong French language skills, Transportation, Agriculture and agri-food, and Trades like carpenters, plumbers, and contractors. These groups were selected to help fill critical labor market gaps in Canada and to advance the use of French outside of Quebec.


Francophone Immigration in Canada 2023

In recent years, Canada has witnessed a significant rise in Francophone immigration. Thanks to its proactive approach to attracting French-speaking individuals from around the world. The country’s commitment to promoting its vibrant Francophone communities has led to the establishment of the Francophone Immigration Program. This has totally offered a gateway for French speakers to build their lives in Canada.

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With the latest category-based selection draws, skilled workers with proficiency in French are highly sought after, with ample job opportunities. Additionally, international students with French language skills are encouraged to study in Canada and eventually transition to permanent residency. This trend has not only contributed to Canada’s cultural diversity but also strengthened its economic landscape. In a nutshell, growing numbers of French-speaking immigrants have created a thriving ecosystem to support newcomers as well as existing communities.

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