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Canada Continues to Target French-Speaking Candidates in New Express Entry Draw

This week, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued two new rounds of invitations to apply to Express Entry.

On February 28, 2024 IRCC issued a general round of invitations to apply for permanent residence. Invitations were issued to candidates who qualify for selection under all Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class, and in all occupation classifications. This draw invited 1,470 candidates to apply, and the minimum score required for selection was 545 points, a decrease of one point from the previous general draw.

On February 29, 2024, IRCC issued a round of category-based selection invitations to candidates with French language proficiency. This draw invited 2,500 candidates to apply, and the minimum score required for selection was 336 points. In order to be invited, candidates must have achieved French language proficiency scores of Canadian benchmark 7 or higher in every category.

IRCC continues to target French-speaking candidates, with much lower cut off scores for applicants who can achieve the required French proficiency threshold. We encourage French-speaking candidates both inside and outside of Canada to take advantage of this opportunity to apply for Canadian permanent residence.