BREAKING: IRCC holds fourth Express Entry draw this week

Posted Jul 7, 2023 at 11:06am EDT

IRCC has conducted the first round of invitations for French-speaking Express Entry candidates.

Canada has held a Express Entry draw for the fourth day in a row this week.

In this week’s fourth round of invitations, IRCC invited 2,300 candidates with strong French-speaking skills. Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 439. Lowest CRS score of 2023.

This is the sixth round of invitations issued in two weeks and brings the total number of candidates invited via Express Entry during this period to 9,800.

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Most of the invitations were issued this week. The most recent round took place yesterday, July 6, and invited 1,500 candidates with work experience in the health professions. This giveaway was expected to follow an announcement along with the first Express Entry invitations for 500 healthcare professionals on June 27.

The July 5 round of invitations was the first for candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. There were 500 invited candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486.

Finally, the 4th of July invitation round was an all-program surprise drawing in which 700 applicants were considered in an all-program drawing. These candidates required a CRS of 511, the highest of any draw across all programs in 2023.

Invitations for Francophones

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

By prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to support economic growth through French-speaking immigration out of Quebec, while recognizing how it enriches and strengthens these communities.

Category-based selection

Sean Fraser, Canada’s immigration minister, announced the new categories for category-based selection on May 31. New categories were expected following a law passed last June that gives Canada’s immigration minister the authority to invite economic immigration candidates based on a specific attribute rather than their overall CRS score. This can include work experience, language ability, education, or more.

The categories for 2023 were chosen after discussions with provincial and territorial governments, as well as IRCC partners and stakeholders. They are the following:

  • Health care
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers
  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong command of the French language

These categories will be reviewed each year in the IRCC submission to parliament and may change in 2024.

According to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 Canada hopes to admit up to 82,880 newcomers through Express Entry by the end of 2023. This target increases to 114,000 by the end of 2025. Category-based selection can help Canada meet these targets while closing the gap. Urgent job and skills gaps in Canada. staff.

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