IRCC invited 500 Francophone candidates under the Express Entry draw

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Francophone candidates under the Express Entry

On September 27, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a new draw for Francophone candidates under the Express Entry. In round #266, IRCC issued 500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to francophone candidates. 

The cut-off score of this draw was 472 points, 37 points more than the previous draw for this category. The tie-breaking rule for this round was August 16, 2023, at 09:00:14 UTC. As of September 26, 2023, there were 214,000 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. 

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This year, Canada issued 85,448 ITAs through the Express Entry draws.

Latest draws for Francophone candidates under the Express Entry

This was IRCC’s third invitation round for candidates with French language proficiency. The previous details of such draws are listed in the table below:

Draw No. Date Number of ITAs CRS score
260 August 02, 2023


258 July 12, 2023 3,800 375
256 July 07, 2023 2,300 439

IRCC invited 3,000 candidates through the Express Entry Draw #265

What are the French-Language Proficiency Category Eligibility criteria?

You must be fluent in French to be qualified for the French-Language Proficiency category.

  • Have a minimum score of 7 on the Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC) in all four language abilities such as writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
  • Complete all of the conditions outlined in the invitation round’s instructions.

What is an Express Entry system?

The Canadian government uses Express Entry, an online system, to organize and process applications for skilled workers who want to immigrate to Canada and get Canadian permanent residence status. Express Entry will result in processing times of six months or less for potential skilled foreign workers. Express Entry manages permanent residency applications under three federal economic immigration programs.

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

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