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Canada has issued 1,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to French speakers in a new Express Entry draw. 

The December 7 targeted draw saw a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 470 points – 16 points lower than the draw targeting French speakers before that. 

IRCC’s previous draw – a general round of invitations – took place just a day prior, on December 6, issuing 4,750 invitations with a minimum score of 561 points.

It was the first EE draw in over a month. 

The last draw targeting French speakers – Draw 34 – was held on October 25, one in which 300 ITAs were issued, and which witnessed the lowest CRS Score of 486.

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Canada has now conducted the following draws this year:

  • 18 all-program draws
  • Five PNP draws
  • Six draws targeted at French speakers
  • Three draws targeted at healthcare occupations
  • One draw targeted at STEM occupations
  • One draw targeted at skilled trades
  • One draw targeted at Federal Skilled Worker candidates
  • One draw targeted at transport jobs
  • One draw targeted at agriculture and agri-food occupations

IRCC has now issued 100,971 ITAs in 2023 after inviting 45,115 candidates in the whole of 2022.

IRCC issued a record 114,431 ITAs in 2021, to all Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program candidates. It beat the previous record of 107,350 set in 2020.

Canada has a record immigration target of 465,000 for 2023.

The latest draw saw the tie-breaking rule implemented on October 2, 2023, at 11:45 pm EST. If more than one candidate had the minimum CRS score, only those who submitted their Express Entry profiles before this date and time received invitations.

This was the 37th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2023 and 273rd overall.

Candidates have a 60-day window to submit their applications, which will be processed within the six-month standard.

What Can Employers Do to Recruit Foreign Workers?

Employers are encouraged to consider securing an LMIA or nomination under provincial nomination programs (PNPs) to ensure long-term retention of employees.

At we provide Canadian employers with unparalleled immigration legal services and recruitment of foreign nationals through our in-house We bring qualified candidates to Canada in the shortest time possible. Employers in a wide range of industries can directly benefit from our unique position as one of Canada’s leading immigration firms in the industry, with a strong online presence, to meet both their recruitment and immigration requirements.

Interested employers wishing to seek our assistance are invited to contact us here for further information.

What Should Candidates Do Next?

Securing an approved offer of employment is highly recommended as one of the best pathways to guaranteeing an ITA in the next round of invitations.

Find out whether you qualify to Canada by completing our free online evaluation. We will provide you with your evaluation results within 1-2 business days.


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