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French Language Proficiency (2023-1): Sixth Express Entry Draw Invites 1000 Profiles For PR

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1. IRCC held its thirteenth category-based Express Entry draw on December 07.
2. This category-based draw also marks the 273th Express Entry draw since 2015.
3. 1000 registered foreign nationals with strong French-speaking abilities received ITAs for Canada PR.
4. The qualifying score decreased to 470 points from the previous French-category Express Entry draw.
5. Nearly 20,000 Express Entry ITAs for PR since June 28, under the category-based draws.

Yesterday, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its second Express Entry of the week. It qualified 1000 candidates with CRS 470 or above under the French language proficiency (2023-1) category to apply for Canadian permanent residency (PR). 

December 07 marks the sixth Express Entry draw under the French language proficiency (2023-1).

Canada has already held twelve other category-based Express Entry draws. Consequently, candidates with six months or more relevant work experience in healthcare occupations (2023-1), STEM occupations (2023-1), Skilled Trades (2023-1), Transport (2023-1), Agriculture (2023-1) categories became eligible.   

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However, no prior work experience is required for this French language proficiency (2023-1) category draw. It is possible that FSWP, CEC, or FSTP-qualified candidates received nominations here. 

Additionally, invited candidates here secured a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 470. It is 16 points lower than the previous French language proficiency (2023-1) category-based draws. 

Also, if more than one eligible candidate had the same CRS score, IRCC considered only those profiles submitted on or before October 03, 2023, at 04:45:27 UTC. 

New French Language Proficiency (2023-1) Category Under Express Entry 

French-speaking newcomers in Canada are individuals or families who speak French as their first language. They may come from various French-speaking countries, such as France, Haiti, Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, or other African and European nations. 

But naturally, these immigrants settle in predominantly French-speaking provinces like Quebec, New Brunswick, or parts of Ontario.

Until now, french-speaking candidates received additional points when registering their Express Entry profile in the federal pool. 

However, the inclusion of the French language proficiency (2023-1) category has fast-tracked the invitation of exclusive French-speaking immigrants to settle outside of Quebec. 

Qualifying for Upcoming Express Entry Draws

IRCC will continue to hold all program draws, program-specific, and category-specific draws as needed. It is crucial as Canada plans to admit 110,700 permanent residents in 2024 through Express Entry alone. This will rise to 117,500 immigrants in each of 2025 and 2026.

You may consider the following assessment criteria to maximize your success:

1. Age: Younger candidates receive more points.
2. Education: Higher levels of education can earn you more CRS points.
3. Language Proficiency: Language skills in English and French are crucial.
4. Work Experience: Relevant work experience in a skilled occupation can earn you points.
5. Provincial Nomination: Candidates with prior provincial nominations receive additional CRS points.
6. Arranged Employment: If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn extra CRS points.
7. Spouse or Common-law Partner: Adaptability factors of your spouse or common-law partner can add points to your CRS score.
8. Siblings in Canada: Having a brother or sister who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can give you additional CRS points.

Interested healthcare professionals, STEM professionals, or those with strong French-speaking abilities can contact a licensed immigration consultant like CanApprove to boost their chances of qualifying for immigration.

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