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Express Entry Update: IRCC Issues 2,500 ITAs in French Proficiency Draw





Recent Express Entry Draws:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 2,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the second Express Entry draw of the week.

  • This draw focused on candidates with strong French language proficiency, requiring a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 336.



February Draws Recap:

  • On February 28, a general draw invited 1,410 candidates with a minimum CRS of 534 to apply.

  • Throughout February, a total of 13,610 candidates received ITAs across five draws, including general draws and category-based selection draws targeting candidates with strong French proficiency, healthcare occupations, and agriculture and agri-food occupations.



IRCC Confirms Categories for 2024:

  • Category-based selection rounds introduced in May 2023 remain unchanged for 2024.

  • These categories include:

  1. Healthcare occupations

  2. STEM professions

  3. Trades occupations

  4. Transport occupations

  5. Agriculture and agri-food occupations

  6. Strong French proficiency

  • IRCC consulted with stakeholders, including provincial and territorial governments, settlement services, and Canadian businesses, in selecting these categories.



Express Entry Overview:

  • Express Entry streamlines immigration application processing for economic candidates in three programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

  • Comprehensive Ranking System assesses candidates based on human capital attributes like occupation, education, language ability, work experience, and age.

  • Candidates receiving a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination gain an additional 600 CRS points, significantly boosting their chances of receiving an ITA.



Projected ITAs for 2024:

  • IRCC aims to welcome 110,770 new Permanent Residents (PRs) through Express Entry in 2024, a significant increase from the previous year's target of 82,880.

  • In 2025 and 2026, PR allocations through Express Entry are set to stabilize at 117,500.

  • Starting in 2025, Canada's allocation for new PRs through the PNP will rise to 120,000, making provincial pathways the primary route for welcoming new economic immigrants.



Summary of Express Entry Draw Results in 2024:

Date

Draw Type

Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS

February 29

French language proficiency

2,500

336

February 28

General

1,410

534

February 16

Agriculture and agri-food

150

437

February 14

Healthcare occupations

3,500

422

February 13

General

1,490

535

February 1

French language proficiency

7,000

365

January 31

General

730

541

January 23

General

1,040

543

January 10

General

1,510

546


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