Category-Based Selection for French-Speaking Newcomers by IRCC

Canada announces category based selection under express entry for the francophone immigrants.

The French language is an essential aspect of Canadian culture. It is our shared duty to build a country where everyone can thrive in the official language of their choice. Canada’s Express Entry system now offers a simplified yet effective approach for French-speaking immigrants, recognizing the significance of enhancing the viability of French linguistic minority communities across the country. Canada seeks to promote economic growth through Francophone immigration outside of Quebec while acknowledging that this enhances and develops these communities by giving precedence to the invitation of French-speaking newcomers.

On May 31, Minister Fraser made updated announcements about Express Entry’s category-based selection. By encouraging individuals with particular job experience or fluency in French to apply for permanent residency, the government can address labor shortages that serve a specified economic purpose.

On July 7, the first round of the category-based selection process for the Francophone was announced by the honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages. This emphasis on newcomers who speak French will aid in promoting the French language and addressing the workforce deficit in areas outside of Quebec.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our government’s steadfast commitment to embracing, promoting, and protecting linguistic diversity and inclusivity. This historic step reflects our recognition of the invaluable contributions and cultural richness brought forth by Francophone communities. By creating new possibilities and avenues, we are building a stronger and more vibrant Canada for all people in addition to expanding our relationships with the Francophonie. The contribution of Francophone immigration is even more critical because it enriches the linguistic, demographic, and economic uniqueness of Francophone communities.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Who is eligible for these draws for the French Speaking Category?

According to the IRCC, to be eligible, you must:

  • Get French language test results from the Canadian Niveaux de compétence linguistique showing a minimum score of 7 in all four language skills.
  • Satisfy every condition listed in the round’s rules.

The announcement of category-based selection demonstrates Canada’s dedication to luring top international talent and meeting the demand for bilingual and French-speaking workers to support the economy and enhance the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of the communities that Francophone newcomers enrich. Along with the general invitation rounds, these category-based selection rounds will last the entire year. In the coming weeks, further details will be disclosed.

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