On February 1st, 2024, the inaugural targeted Express Entry draw of the year made headlines by extending 7,000 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residency. This draw, conducted by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), specifically targeted profiles boasting a proficiency level of 7 in French and a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 365 or higher.
The significance of this draw lies not only in the sheer number of ITAs issued but also in the unprecedentedly low CRS score cutoff for a francophone Express Entry draw. It stands as a testament to Canada’s commitment to linguistic diversity and inclusivity in its immigration policies.
Key details of the draw include:
The tie-breaking rule, based on the submission timeline of Express Entry profiles, ensures fairness in cases where multiple candidates have the same CRS score.
In comparison to the previous day’s general draw, which saw only 730 ITAs issued with a CRS cutoff score of 541, this targeted draw represents a significant departure in selection criteria. Earlier draws in January also featured higher CRS score cutoffs, further highlighting the unique nature of this event.
As Canada continues to prioritize linguistic diversity and talent acquisition through its Express Entry system, this record-breaking draw serves as a landmark moment in shaping the country’s immigration landscape.
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