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Express Entry Draw #302

Express Entry Draw #302 Sent 3,200 PR Invitations to French-Speaking Candidates

On 8 July, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry draw #302. This draw specifically targeted French-speaking candidates, issuing 3,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residency (PR). Let’s explore the details of this significant draw and understand what it means for prospective immigrants.

Highlights of the Latest Express Entry Draw #302

The July 8 draw was unique as it focused on French language proficiency. Here are the key points:

  • Category: French language proficiency
  • Number of invitations issued: 3,200
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 420
  • Date and time of round: July 8, 2024, at 14:01:33 UTC
  • Tie-breaking rule: May 30, 2024, at 03:37:43 UTC
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DateRound typeInvitations issuedCRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
July 8, 2024French language proficiency3,200420

Candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 420 or higher, who also demonstrated level 7 proficiency in French, received invitations in this round. The tie-breaking rule means that if multiple candidates had the same CRS score, those who submitted their profiles earlier were given preference.

Category-Based Express Entry Draws

In 2023, IRCC introduced category-based Express Entry draws to target specific groups of candidates. The categories include:

French language proficiency: Candidates with CLB Level 7 proficiency in French.

Occupational Experience: Candidates with at least 6 months of work experience in specified fields:

  • 35 healthcare occupation
  • 25 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) occupations
  • 10 trade occupations
  • 10 transportation occupations
  • 3 agriculture and agri-food occupations
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These targeted draws aim to meet Canada’s labor market needs while promoting linguistic diversity and welcoming skilled professionals from various sectors.

What is Canada Express Entry?

Canada Express Entry is the IRCC’s system for managing applications for three major economic immigration programs:

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Launched in 2015, Express Entry evaluates candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language ability using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Higher CRS scores increase the likelihood of receiving an ITA in future draws.

The recent IRCC Express Entry draw targeting French-speaking candidates is a clear indication of Canada’s inclusive immigration policies. With 3,200 ITAs issued, this draw highlights the opportunities available for skilled immigrants. The Canada Express Entry system remains a vital pathway for many aspiring immigrants, offering a structured and efficient process for obtaining a Permanent Residency.

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