Canada has held an Express Entry draw for the fourth consecutive day this week.
In the fourth round of invitations this week, IRCC has invited 2,300 candidates with strong French speaking ability. Candidates need minimum CRS score of 439. Lowest CRS score of 2023.
This is the sixth round of invites issued in two weeks and the total number of candidates invited through Express Entry during this period has gone up to 9,800.
Most of the invitations were issued this week. The most recent round took place yesterday, July 6th, and invited 1,500 candidates with work experience in health care professions. The draw was expected to be followed by an announcement on June 27 with a first-ever Express Entry invitation for 500 healthcare professionals.
The July 5 invitational round was the first for candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations. 500 candidates were invited with minimum CRS score of 486.
Ultimately, the July 4 round of invitations was a surprise all-program draw in which 700 candidates were included in the all-program draw. These candidates required a CRS of 511, the highest of any program in the draw in 2023.
Invitation to French speakers
Strong French speaking ability is the only category-based selection criterion that does not use work experience as a key attribute for the six new selection categories.
Prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers, Canada aims to support economic development through francophone immigration outside Quebec, while recognizing how it enriches and strengthens these communities.
Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced the new categories for category-based selection on May 31. The 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 their specific characteristics. 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 as follows:
- Health care
- science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions
- occupations such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
- agriculture and agri-food
- strong French-language proficiency
These categories will be reviewed every year in the IRCC’s presentation to Parliament and may change in 2024.
Canada is expected to admit 82,880 new people through Express Entry by the end of 2023, according to the Immigration Status Plan 2023-2025. This target increases to 114,000 by the end of 2025. Category-based selection can help Canada meet these goals. Also closing urgent skills and labor gaps in Canada’s workforce.