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Canada holds targeted round of Express Entry invitations for French speakers

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited more candidates in the latest Express Entry draw of 2023.

On the 2nd of August, the department issued invitations to apply to 800 candidates in a targeted category based Express Entry draw for people with French language proficiency. The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 435.

Note: This is a developing story. CIC News will update it throughout the week.

Overview of the most recent Express Entry results

August 1st

Express Entry draws resumed on August 1st, inviting 2,000 candidates in an all-program Express Entry draw. The minimum CRS score for this round was 517.

August 1st marked the first all-program Express Entry draw since the 11th of July.

July 11-12

IRCC invited 3,800 candidates to apply for permanent residency under a category-based selection draw for French-speaking candidates. They required a minimum CRS score of 375. The lowest CRS score for any Express Entry draw this year by a significant margin.

On July 11, there were 800 candidates invited in an all-program draw with a minimum CRS score of 505.

July 4-7

The first full week of July saw Express Entry ITAs issued on four consecutive days for the first time in Express Entry history.

The July 4 draw was an unexpected all-program draw that saw 700 candidates invited. They required a minimum CRS score of 511, which is the highest CRS score of any all-program draw in 2023 so far.

On July 5 IRCC held a previously announced category-based selection draw for candidates with work experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations. This was the first draw for STEM candidates since category-based selection draw categories were announced on May 31. IRCC invited 500 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.

The draw on July 6 was also expected. IRCC invited 1,500 candidates with a minimum CRS of 463 in a category-based selection draw for healthcare professionals. It was the second round of invitations for this category.

On July 7, 2,300 invitations were issued to Express Entry candidates with strong French-speaking abilities and a minimum CRS of 439. French-speaking abilities is the only category-based selection criteria that is not occupation-specific.

June 27-28

IRCC held two draws in the last week of June. The first was an all-program draw inviting 4,300 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486 on June 27.

This was followed the next day by the first-ever category-based selection round of invitations. IRCC invited 500 candidates with work experience in select healthcare occupations. They required a minimum CRS score of 476.

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