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On July 8, Canada invited 3,200 Express Entry candidates in a category-based draw targeting French language proficiency applicants. This is the first french targeted draw in over 2 months, with a CRS cut-off of 420.

Key Takeaways for Express Entry Candidates

Our Analysis of This Week’s Express Entry Draw

With 3,200 invitations sent, this is the largest French draw we’ve seen since February 1, 2024. It’s also the highest CRS cut-off for a French draw for 2024 – at 420. When there’s a higher CRS and a higher number of invitations sent out, this means that the competition in the pool is higher. We aren’t surprised to see this after more than two months with very few draws or invitations sent. 

This draw is likely to catch many by surprise, given that we saw three draws last week. To recap, last week we saw:

  • A healthcare draw, inviting 3,750 candidates on July 5. 
  • A trades occupations draw, inviting 1,800 candidates on July 4. 
  • A Provincial Nominations Program draw, inviting 920 candidates on July 2. 

We aren’t sure what caused the two month delay with very few draws in May and June, nor are we sure when Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will return to a schedule of draws taking place every two weeks. IRCC outlined in an internal memo that it hopes to stick to the week-on, week-off schedule where possible to promote trust in Canada’s immigration system. 

With that said, we are pleased to see the larger draws and invitations taking place since the beginning of July. And we hope that this is a sign that things will be ‘returning to normal’ in the near term. 

If we were to guess, we would anticipate that we will see a combination of PNP, CEC, and category-based draws over the next two months, with potential for CRS cut offs to decrease slightly across these types of draws. We would also hope to see a return of bi-weekly general draws, though we would be surprised to see a CRS cut-off below 550 for the initial general rounds. 

Comparisons to Previous French Draws

This is the fifth French draw for 2024, and the second largest for the year. The largest draw was on February 1, where we saw a staggering 7,000 candidates with French proficiency receive an invitation. The last French draw we saw with a higher CRS than this was in December 2023, with a CRS of 470. 

Given the CRS cut-off for this draw is 10 points higher than the last French draw of April, and more invitations were issued, we can conclude that more people with French proficiency have entered the Express Entry pool in the last few months. 

Learning French is a great way to not only give your CRS score a boost, but also allows you to be considered for these French language draws that benefit from a lower CRS cut-off. 

Learn more about how French skills can help you immigrate to Canada.

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Rebecca Major

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Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (R511564) with nearly 15 years of licenced Canadian Immigration experience, gained after graduating with a Bachelor of Laws in the UK. She specializes in Canadian immigration at Moving2Canada.
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