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IRCC invites 7,000 Express Entry candidates in category-based draw for French language proficiency

The department invited 7,000 candidates in category-based  selection draw for candidates with French language proficiency.

Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 365. The lowest minimum CRS score of the year so far.

Today’s draw is the second of the week following the January 31 draw in which 730 candidates were invited in a general draw. They required a minimum CRS of 541.

There were two other draws in January. The first was on  January 23 and invited 1,040 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 543 were invited in a general draw. The draw before that took place on January 10 and was also general and invited 1,510 candidates with a CRS score of 546.

It is still too early in the year to predict how Express Entry draws will unfold throughout 2024. In 2023, IRCC held 42 draws and issued ITAs to more than 110,000 candidates to help meet both the 2023 and 2024 admissions targets set out in the Immigration Levels Plan.

Summary of Express Entry draw results in 2024


Draw Type

Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS

French language proficiency












Changes to Post Graduation Work Permits

Many Express Entry candidates gain the work experience required for their programs by working in Canada after graduation from a Canadian post-secondary institution. One of the most common work permits for new graduates is the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

On January 22, IRCC announced changes to eligibility criteria for PGWPs. Effective September 1, international students in a program at a private college that is part of curriculum licensing agreement with a public college will no longer be eligible for a PGWP.

Also, graduate-level students in a program shorter than the requisite eight months will now be eligible for a three-year PGWP. Currently, graduates are not eligible for a PGWP if their program is shorter than eight months and the length of time a PGWP is valid is tied to length of the graduate’s academic program. For example, a one-year program would be valid for a one-year permit.

This means that more graduate-level students will be able to get enough work experience in Canada to apply for a spot in the Express Entry application pool.

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