July 11, 2024

Express Entry Draw #302: 3,200 Invitations for Permanent Residence Granted to French-Speaking Candidates

On July 8th, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted Express Entry draw #302, focusing on French-speaking candidates. A total of 3,200 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Permanent Residency (PR) were issued. Let's delve into the specifics of this important draw and its implications for potential immigrants.

Key Highlights from Express Entry Draw #302:

Here are the key points from the July 8 draw, which emphasized French language proficiency:

Category: French Language Proficiency

Invitations Issued: 3,200

Minimum CRS Score of Invited Candidate: 420

Draw Date and Time: July 8, 2024, 14:01:33 UTC

Tie-Breaker: Applied from May 30, 2024, 03:37:43 UTC

Date Round type Invitations issued

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited

July 8, 2024

French language proficiency 3,200



In this round, candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 420 or higher and demonstrated level 7 proficiency in French received invitations. The tie-breaking rule prioritized candidates with identical CRS scores based on the earlier submission of their profiles.

Category-Based Express Entry Draws

In 2023, IRCC launched category-based Express Entry draws to focus on distinct candidate groups:

  • French Language Proficiency: Candidates proficient at CLB Level 7 in French.
  • Occupational Experience: Candidates with a minimum of 6 months in specified fields:
  • 35 healthcare occupations
  • 25 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) occupations
  • 10 trade occupations
  • 10 transportation occupations
  • 3 agriculture and agri-food occupations

These focused draws aim to fulfill Canada’s labor market requirements by fostering linguistic diversity and inviting skilled professionals from diverse sectors.

Understanding Canada's Express Entry System

Canada Express Entry is IRCC’s platform for handling applications for three key economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Launched in 2015, Express Entry assesses candidates based on age, education, work experience, and language proficiency using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Higher CRS scores enhance the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in upcoming draws.

The recent IRCC Express Entry draw targeting French-speaking candidates reflects Canada’s commitment to inclusive immigration policies. With 3,200 ITAs issued, this draw underscores the opportunities available for skilled immigrants. Canada’s Express Entry system remains a vital pathway for many aspiring immigrants, offering an efficient process to obtain Permanent Residency.

Assisting French Speakers in the Middle East Migrate to Canada

At Pelican Migration Consultants, we specialize in facilitating the migration of French-speaking individuals from the Middle East to Canada. With our expertise in navigating the complexities of Canada's immigration policies, we offer tailored assistance to ensure a smooth transition. Here are five key ways we can support you:

  1. Expert Guidance on Express Entry: We provide comprehensive advice on navigating the Express Entry system, optimizing CRS scores, and preparing strong applications to maximize your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  2. Language Proficiency Support: We offer personalized support in preparing for language proficiency tests like TEF or TCF, ensuring you meet Canada's language requirements for immigration.
  3. Job Market Insights: Our team provides valuable insights into Canadian job markets, including industry trends and specific opportunities for French-speaking professionals, helping you align your skills with Canadian employer needs.
  4. Document Preparation: We assist in gathering and organizing all necessary documents, such as educational certificates and work experience proofs, to ensure they meet the stringent requirements of Canadian immigration authorities.
  5. Post-Arrival Support: Beyond immigration, we provide guidance on settlement services, finding suitable accommodation, accessing healthcare, and adjusting to life in Canada, ensuring a smooth transition and successful integration into Canadian society.

Pelican Migration Consultants is committed to empowering French speakers in the Middle East to achieve their Canadian immigration goals with confidence and efficiency.