IRCC held fourth round of category based Express Entry draw category-based selection for candidates of strong French-speaking abilities.
Canada’s Express Entry draws taking place at rapid speed because the Canadian government wants to fulfil the labour force gap occurring in their economy.
IRCC held the first-ever category-based selection round for candidates having strong French-speaking abilities. In this draw a total number of 2300 candidates were invited. To get a Visa in these draws candidates required a CRS score of 439, Canada’s express entry draw again touched its lowest CRS score of this year.
This is the sixth round of Express entry draws, which invited around 9800 candidates in these two weeks. In these two weeks, most of the draws were held for category-based selection.
The majority of these draws took place in this week. Recently draw took place on July 6, and invited 1500 candidates for the healthcare sector in category based. This draw is as expected as it announced on 27 June draw of the first ever category-based selection for 1500 healthcare workers.
The draw of July 5, invited the first ever category-based selection for STEM occupations. In this draw total of 500 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 486.
The unexpected draw round of all programs of express entry took place on July 4, in this draw total of 700 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 511, this is the highest CRS score for draws in this year till now.
Invitation for French Language proficient Candidates
The only category-based selection criteria that do not employ work experience as a significant attribute for the six new selection categories are strong French-speaking ability.
The immigration minister of Canada is tasked with promoting the French language outside of Quebec. The IRCC stated in a release announcing the draw for French-speaking Express Entry candidates that by prioritizing the invitation of French-speaking newcomers.
Canada aims to support economic growth through Francophone immigration outside of Quebec while recognizing how it enriches and strengthens these communities.
Category Based Draw
On May 31, Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser, revealed the new categories for category-based selection.
For filling the economic labour force gap, a law passed in June that allows Canada’s immigration minister the option to invite economic immigration candidates based on a specific attribute rather than their total CRS score, new categories were expected.
This can include employment experience, language skills, education, and other factors.
The categories were approved under this announcement as follows:
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
- Trades like carpenter, contractor, etc.
- Agriculture and Agri food-related professions
- Strong French Language abilities
The reviewing of these categories will be taking place each year as per IRCC’s presentation in parliament and changes expected in the year 2024.
Canada aims to admit up to 82,880 newcomers through Express Entry by the end of 2023, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025.
This objective could climb to 114,000 by the end of 2025. Category-based selection may assist Canada in meeting these goals while also closing critical skills and labour gaps in the Canadian workforce.
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