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Express Entry Draw #291: 1,500 ITAs for French-speaking candidates with CRS as Low as 388

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Express Entry Draw #291

The most recent Express Entry draw #291, held on March 26, 2024, saw 1,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) issued to candidates proficient in French, with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score as low as 388. This draw specifically targeted individuals with strong French language skills, marking the third draw of its kind in 2024.

Express Entry Draw #291 Highlights – March 26, 2024

DescriptionMarch 26, 2024
Draw typeFrench-Proficiency Category
Invitations1500
CRS Cutoff388


This draw signifies a shift from the general rounds of invitations, as it solely focused on candidates with French language proficiency. All selected candidates met the minimum French language requirements outlined in their Express Entry profiles.

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Compared to previous draws, the minimum CRS score requirement for this draw saw a notable increase of 52 points, indicating a higher threshold for eligibility. Despite the increased CRS cutoff, the total number of invitations issued in this draw was lower than in previous rounds, showcasing the selectivity of the French language proficiency category.

Previous French Language Category Draws in 2024

DateInvitationsCRS Score
February 1, 20247000365
February 29, 20242500336
March 26, 20241500388


French-Speaking Category Eligibility

To qualify for the French Speaking Category, candidates must:

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  • Achieve a minimum score of 7 in all four language abilities on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
  • Fulfill all requirements outlined in the instructions for the respective round.

Full eligibility criteria for each category can be found on the Canadian government’s official website.

Welcoming Francophone Immigrants to Canada

In response to declining French-speaking populations across Canada, the government has intensified efforts to attract francophone immigrants to communities outside Quebec. Statistics Canada reports a decrease in the percentage of Canadians predominantly speaking French at home, highlighting the need for continued francophone immigration.

To facilitate this, the Official Languages Action Plan 2023-2028 allocates significant funding to promote Francophone immigration. With measures implemented across the immigration continuum, including the introduction of a dedicated Francophone immigration policy, the Canadian government aims to bolster French-speaking communities nationwide.

Applying for Express Entry

Express Entry serves as the gateway to Canadian permanent residency, utilizing a point-based system to rank candidates’ profiles. The application process involves two main steps:

  1. Submit Your Profile: Provide necessary documents, including language test results, educational credentials, and passport/travel documentation.
  2. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA): Upon receiving an ITA, submit a complete application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for review. Include supporting documents such as reference letters, identity documents, police clearance certificates, and medical examination results.

By adhering to the application process and meeting eligibility requirements, candidates can navigate the Express Entry system toward achieving Canadian permanent residency. With Express Entry draws continuing to evolve, aspiring immigrants with French language proficiency have enhanced opportunities to contribute to Canada’s diverse linguistic communities.

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PNP Draws & Updates

DateProvinceInvitations
British ColumbiaMay 1487 invitations
ManitobaMay 9371 invitations
British ColumbiaMay 781 invitations
Prince Edward IslandMay 26 invitations
Check Out the Full List of PNP Draws➜

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Recent Express Entry Draws

DrawNumber Of InvitationsMinimum CRS Points
295 (French Lang.)1400410
294 (All Program)2,095529
293 (STEM)4500491
292 (All Program)1280549
291(French)1500388
All Express Entry Draw Results ➜
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