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French Proficiency to Drive Category-Based Express Entry Draws (2024)

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May 3, 2024

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Ishita Soni

French Language categorized based Express entry Draw

2024 Express Entry Draws to Prioritize French Language Skills for Category Selection

In 2024, French proficiency will be crucial in Express Entry draws, with IRCC prioritizing it at 30%, along with STEM (25%) and healthcare (15%) in category-based draws, according to Carry Immigration data. These category-based draws, introduced in May 2023, allow IRCC to target Express Entry candidates with sought-after skills and language abilities.

 When and How Many Draws Will Happen?

According to the 2024 ATIP, IRCC has set a schedule for Express Entry draws, aiming to provide predictability. Despite limited details, this is the first indication of scheduled draws this year. In 2023, draw frequency varied by category, but in 2024, IRCC consistently holds bi-weekly draws, occasionally even three times a week, with uncertain future patterns.

Draw sizes will align with targets in the 2024-2026 Immigration Levels Plan, targeting 110,770 new permanent residents in 2024 and 117,500 in 2025. However, not all invited candidates may meet the targets due to a six-month processing standard, potentially delaying arrivals until 2025.

The Percentages of ITAs by Category break Down as Follows:

Why French Proficiency is Important

French proficiency is crucial due to challenges Canadian employers face in finding bilingual workers, as highlighted in a 2021 report by the Labor Market Information Council. Additionally, Statistics Canada’s study emphasized language ability’s significant impact on immigrants’ success in the Canadian job market. IRCC emphasizes bilingualism’s importance for public service accessibility. French proficiency draws, initially estimated at 11%-15% of category-based selections, have surpassed expectations, issuing 17,300 invitations since July 2023.

IRCC  to settle 4.4% of francophone newcomers outside Quebec, surpassed in 2023, with the target increasing to 6% in 2024. Stakeholder opinions are divided, but advocates emphasize bilingualism’s importance in sectors such as healthcare and tourism.

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