First-ever category-based Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations: IRCC invites 600 candidates

First-ever category-based Express Entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations

In the third consecutive express entry draw of this week, IRCC invited 600 candidates with a minimum CRS score requirement of 354. This is the first-ever category-based express entry draw for agriculture and agri-food occupations.

Canada aims to address the growing demand for talent and fill crucial roles in farming and food processing operations by focusing on inviting skilled newcomers with work experience in agriculture and agri-food jobs.

The draw focuses on candidates with experience in roles like agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and retail and wholesale butchers.

The draw held on 27th September, invited 500 candidates with French language proficiency. The minimum CRS score required for eligibility was 472.

The first express entry draw of this week was held on 26 September and invited 3,000 candidates in an all-program draw with a minimum CRS score requirement of 504.

Express Entry Draws in August 2023

Three draws were held in August 2023 and invited a total of 4300 candidates over various categories.

Express Entry Program

Express Entry (EE) is an online system for immigration applications, providing individuals the opportunity to submit their profiles for consideration as skilled immigrants. The selection process prioritizes candidates with the highest rankings, who are subsequently invited to apply for permanent residency. The Express Entry Program was introduced by the Canadian Government in 2015 to tackle the skilled labor shortage in Canada. The old Canada Immigration System was slow and had a lot of backlogs. The sole purpose of the new system is to immigrate skilled professionals in a faster way. The Express Entry system has now become the most popular immigration system globally.

Category-Based Express Entry Draw

Sean Fraser, Canada’s former Immigration Minister, has announced the implementation of a category-based express entry draw targeting Express Entry candidates. These draws aim to attract a greater number of highly skilled professionals specializing in specific occupations that are in high demand within Canada.

The categories under the Express Entry Programs are:

Healthcare occupations

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations

Trade occupations

Transport occupations

Agriculture and Agri-food occupations

French-language proficiency

IRCC reviews these categories each year and may change them in the next year.

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