Express Entry draws

Express Entry draws

Category: French Language Proficiency

Date and time of draw: February 01, 2024 at 16:36:01 UTC

Number of Invitations issued: 7000

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 365

This marks the first Express Entry draw focused on French Language Proficiency in February 2024. During this draw, the IRCC extended invitations to a total of 7,000 candidates to apply for permanent residency. According to the tie-break rule, only candidates who submitted their profiles before September 8, 2023, at 09:47:27 UTC were selected. In the event of multiple candidates sharing the lowest score, the tie-break is determined by the date and time of their Express Entry profile submissions.

Candidates required a minimum CRS score of 365 which was the lowest CRS score of the year so far.

Another draw was held on the 31st of January in which 730 candidates received invitation, necessitating a minimum CRS score of 541.

January witnessed two additional draws. The initial one, on January 23, extended invitations to 1,040 candidates in a general draw, with a minimum CRS score of 543. Prior to that, on January 10, another general draw invited 1,510 candidates with a CRS score of 546.

Date Draw Type Number of ITAs Minimum CRS
February 1 French language proficiency 7,000 365
January 31 General 730 541
January 23 General 1,040 543
January 10 General 1,510 546


In 2023, the IRCC conducted 42 draws, issuing ITAs to over 110,000 candidates to fulfil the admissions targets outlined in the Immigration Levels Plan for both 2023 and 2024.

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan outlines ambitious targets for the coming years. In 2023, the plan aims to welcome over 465,000 immigrants, followed by a target of 485,000 new permanent residents (PRs) in 2024. The subsequent years, 2025 and 2026, plan to see an even greater influx with a goal of 500,000 immigrants each year. The table below provides a summary of Canada’s immigration targets for the years 2024-2026, categorized by immigration class:

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan 2024-2026

Immigrant Category 2024 2025 2026
Target Target Target
Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 485,000 500,000 500,000
Economic Federal High Skilled 110,770 117,500 117,500
Federal Economic Public Policies
Federal Business 5,000 6,000 6,000
Economic Pilots: Caregivers 10,875 14,750 13,750
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program 6,500 8,500 8,500
Provincial Nominee Program 110,000 120,000 120,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and Business See the Quebec immigration plan See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined
Total Economic 281,135 301,250 301,250
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 82,000 84,000 84,000
Parents and Grandparents 32,000 34,000 34,000
Total Family 114,000 118,000 118,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 27,000 29,000 29,000
Resettled Refugees – Government-Assisted 21,115 15,250 15,250
Resettled Refugees – Privately Sponsored 27,750 28,250 28,250
Resettled Refugees – Blended Visa Office-Referred 250 250 250
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 76,115 72,750 72,750
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and Other 13,750 8,000 8,000
Francophone Permanent Resident Immigration outside of Quebec 26,100 31,500 36,000


More information on Express Entry, and how are candidates selected from the Express Entry pool can be found on here.

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