IRCC invites 1500 express entry candidates in its category-based selection. Happy news for healthcare workers

Latest Express Entry Draw July 2023

IRCC has invited Express Entry Candidates on the third consecutive day. The draw was held on yesterday and invited 1500 candidates who are eligible for the category-based selection in healthcare occupations. Another interesting fact is that the minimum CRS score required is 463, which is the lowest CRS score of any Express Entry round of invitations issued in 2023.

Last week IRCC confirmed that there will be a round of invitations for healthcare workers. The first-ever category-based draw was held on June 28 and invited 500 health workers.

In April 2023, the healthcare sector in Canada experienced the highest level of job vacancies among all employment sectors, with 153,000 unfilled positions. Canada depends on immigration to address critical labor shortages, as immigrants constitute 23% of registered nurses, 36% of registered physicians, and 54% of dental technologists in the country.

Approximately half of the eligible occupations for the new category-based Express Entry draws fall within the healthcare category and include a wide range of occupations including:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dietitians and nutritionists
  • Education counselors
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Other practitioners of natural healing
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Specialists in surgery
  • Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  • Veterinarians



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