Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) sent out 7,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Express Entry candidates who speak French last week in a lottery based on category.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for all candidates to acquire an ITA was 365, and the draw was held on February 1.


This CRS score was the lowest of any Express Entry draw since late September of last year, and it also represented the second-lowest minimum score of any category-based draw to date.

Even though the IRCC awarded 7,000 ITAs in its most recent French-language draw, a lot of Express Entry applicants are still unsure of what would have qualified them for an ITA in such a draw. As a result, the following will demonstrate, using made-up instances, how applicants with various Express Entry profiles would have been qualified to acquire an ITA on February 1, 2024.

Both existing Express Entry candidates and potential immigrants to Canada can utilize this information to better understand how to develop and enhance their profiles in the hopes of getting an ITA from IRCC in a future draw.


Qualification for category-based draws in French


Before evaluating various hypothetical Express Entry profile examples, candidates should be aware that the IRCC's French-language draws necessitate fulfilling specific eligibility requirements.

In particular, candidates must "have French-language test results that show a minimum score of 7 in all four language abilities on the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien" (NCLC) in order to be eligible for an Express Entry draw in the IRCC's French-language proficiency category.

The four components of language skills are speaking, writing, listening, and reading.

 

Sample ITA recipient profiles that are successful


The following depicts three hypothetical Express Entry profiles that, in addition to fulfilling the general requirements mentioned above, would have been competitive enough to earn an ITA during the IRCC's February 1 French-language category-based draw.

 

Pascal, a native of Cameroon

 

Pascal was up speaking French and is a native of Cameroon.

Pascal's Express Entry profile, therefore, looked like this when he applied to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and entered the candidate pool at the age of 27, hoping for an ITA through the IRCC's French-language category-based draws, in addition to scoring a 10 in each of the four assessed language abilities on the NCLC.

Age: 27
Three or more years of post-secondary education is the highest level of completed education.
Second Post-Secondary Qualification: No Research in Canada None of the following: Seven for listening and six for reading, writing, and speaking


French Proficiency: 10 across all domains


Experience working as a full-time skilled worker outside of Canada for the past ten years: Two lengths of time Experience working as a full-time skilled worker in Canada for the previous ten years: None Common-law partnerships and marriages: Without a sibling, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least eighteen years old Not a single "close family member" (a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least eighteen years old): Not a Trade Qualification Certificate: No Nomination from the Province: No offer of a skilled position from a Canadian employer No Result: Pascal's CRS score with this profile was 472. Pascal was therefore rewarded with an ITA from the IRCC because of the strength of his Express Entry profile.

Emma, a Swiss national

Emma, 34, is from Switzerland, where French is a co-official language. She received a seven on the NCLC assessment for her language skills. Emma submitted an application to the FSWP and joined the Express Entry candidate pool with the following profile after confirming that she complied with the minimal language requirement for the IRCC's French-language category-based draws:

Age: 34


Three or more years of post-secondary education is the highest level of completed education.
Second Post-Secondary Certificate: Not Having Studied in Canada None of the following: Nine for listening; eight for writing and speaking; and seven for reading Proficiency in French: Seven across all domains Experience working as a full-time skilled worker outside of Canada for the past ten years: Within the last ten years, three years of full-time, skilled work experience within Canada None Common-law partnerships and marriages: Yes The spouse's highest level of education completed was a secondary school diploma.
No spouse studies in Canada In the previous ten years, the spouse's full-time skilled work experience in Canada was none.


English proficiency of spouse: six across all ability levels


Spouse's proficiency in French: 10 across all domains


A Canadian "close family member" who is a citizen or permanent resident who is living in Canada at the age of eighteen or older is not allowed to trade. A Canadian sibling Qualification Certificate: None Province-wide Nomination: No offer of a skilled position from a Canadian employer No
Result: With this profile, Emma was able to get a 398 CRS score. Emma's Express Entry profile, like Pascal's, was thus strong enough to get her an ITA from the IRCC on February 1.

 

Rudy, a Frenchman


Rudy's native tongue is French, which helped him receive a perfect score of 10 on all language tasks administered by the NCLC. He was born and raised in France. Rudy also applied for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and joined the Express Entry candidate pool at the age of 29, which allowed him to receive the most CRS points for his age group. He received an ITA from the IRCC on February 1st thanks to these human capital criteria, which are detailed below.

Age: 29


Master's degree is the highest level of completed education.
Yes, second post-secondary credential
Research in Canada: No
English Competency: Five across all domains
French Proficiency: 10 across the board
Experience working as a full-time skilled worker outside of Canada for the past ten years: A year
Experience working as a full-time skilled worker in Canada for the previous ten years: None


Common-law partnerships and marriages: Without a sibling, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least eighteen years old Not a single "close family member" (a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least eighteen years old): Not a Trade Qualification Certificate: None Province-wide Nomination: No offer of a skilled position from a Canadian employer Yes
Senior Manager Position: No Full-Time Offer with a Minimum of One Year's Term: Yes
Employment Offer Backed by Labour Market Impact Analysis (LMIA): No, the employer offering the job does not currently have a valid work permit for you to work in Canada. No
Result: Rudy obtained a CRS score of 510 using the aforementioned profile.