Canada Immigration

Who Got ITAs In The Express Entry Category-Based Draw

Last week, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 7,000 Invitations to Apply ITAs in the express entry category-based lottery for Express Entry candidates with French proficiency.

The draw was held on February 1 and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of all candidates who received an ITA was 365.

This CRS value was the second lowest minimum value of all category-based draws to date and the lowest CRS of all Express Entry draws since the end of September last year.

While the IRCC awarded 7,000 ITAs in its last French-language draw, many Express Entry candidates continue to wonder what would have made their profile strong enough to receive an ITA in such a draw. Accordingly, the following uses fictional examples to illustrate how candidates with different Express Entry profiles would have been eligible to receive an ITA on February 1, 2024.

This information can be used by both current Express Entry candidates and potential Canadian immigrants to understand how they can strengthen/build their profile in hopes of receiving an ITA from IRCC in an upcoming draw.

Eligibility for French-language category-based draws

Before evaluating various hypothetical examples of Express Entry profiles, candidates must understand that IRCC’s French-language draws require certain eligibility criteria to be met.

Specifically, to qualify for an Express Entry draw in the IRCC’s French language proficiency category, candidates must have “French language test results that provide a minimum score of 7 in all four language skills at the Levelx de compétence linguistique canadien” (NCLC). exhibit. .

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

Example profiles of successful ITA recipients

In addition to meeting the general criteria above, three hypothetical Express Entry profiles that would have been strong enough to receive an ITA in IRCC’s French-language category-based draw on February 1 are illustrated below.

Pascal from Cameroon

As a native of Cameroon, Pascal grew up speaking French.

Accordingly, not only did Pascal’s Express Entry profile look like this, with a 10 in each of the NCLC’s four assessed language skills, but it also looked like this when he applied for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and was accepted into the candidate pool at 27 years old, hopes for an ITA through IRCC’s French-language category-based draws.

  • Age: 27
  • Highest Level of Completed Education: Post-secondary credential of three or more years
  • 2nd Post-Secondary Credential: No
  • Study in Canada: No
  • English Proficiency: Six for Reading/Writing/Speaking; Seven for Listening
  • French Proficiency: 10 for all abilities
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Outside Canada within the last 10 years: Two years
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Inside Canada within the last 10 years: None
  • Marriage/Common-Law Partnership: No
  • Sibling in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • “Close Family Member” in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • Trades Certificate of Qualification: No
  • Provincial Nomination: No
  • Skilled Job Offer from Canadian Employer: No

Result: With this profile, Pascal’s CRS score was 472. Therefore, Pascal’s Express Entry profile was strong enough to reward him with an ITA from IRCC.

Emma from Switzerland

A native of Switzerland, where French is an official language, 34-year-old Emma scored a grade seven in all language skills assessed by the NCLC. After confirming that she met the minimum language requirements for IRCC’s French-language category-based draws, Emma applied to the FSWP and entered the Express Entry candidate pool with this profile:

  • Age: 34
  • Highest Level of Completed Education: Post-secondary credential of three or more years
  • 2nd Post-Secondary Credential: No
  • Study in Canada: No
  • English Proficiency: Eight for Writing/Speaking; Seven for Reading; Nine for Listening
  • French Proficiency: Seven for all abilities
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Outside Canada within the last 10 years: Three years
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Inside Canada within the last 10 years: None
  • Marriage/Common-Law Partnership: Yes
  • Spouse’s Highest Level of Completed Education: Secondary School Credential
  • Spouse’s Study in Canada: No
  • Spouse’s Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Inside Canada within the last 10 years: None
  • Spouse’s English Proficiency: Six for all abilities
  • Spouse’s French Proficiency: 10 for all abilities
  • Sibling in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • “Close Family Member” in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • Trades Certificate of Qualification: No
  • Provincial Nomination: No
  • Skilled Job Offer from Canadian Employer: No

Result: This profile helped Emma achieve a CRS score of 398. Similar to Pascal, this Express Entry profile was therefore strong enough for Emma to receive an ITA from IRCC on February 1st.

Rudy from France

Rudy was born and raised in France. His native language is French, which helped him achieve a 10 in all language skills assessed by the NCLC. Additionally, Rudy applied for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and was accepted into the Express Entry candidate pool at the age of 29, earning him the maximum possible CRS points for the age category. These human capital factors described below helped him receive an ITA from IRCC on February 1st.

  • Age: 29
  • Highest Level of Completed Education: Master’s Degree
  • 2nd Post-Secondary Credential: Yes
  • Study in Canada: No
  • English Proficiency: Five for all abilities
  • French Proficiency: 10 for all abilities
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Outside Canada within the last 10 years: One year
  • Full-Time Skilled Work Experience Inside Canada within the last 10 years: None
  • Marriage/Common-Law Partnership: No
  • Sibling in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • “Close Family Member” in Canada (Citizen or Permanent Resident, living in Canada, 18+ years old): No
  • Trades Certificate of Qualification: No
  • Provincial Nomination: No
  • Skilled Job Offer from Canadian Employer: Yes
  • Job Offer for Senior Managerial Position: No
  • Full-Time Job Offer for Minimum One Year: Yes
  • Job Offer Supported by Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): No
  • Currently Working in Canada on a Valid Work Permit for the Employer Offering Job: No

Result: With the above profile, Rudy earned a CRS score of 510.

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