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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

 

 

Express Entry Program: IRCC invites 700 candidates in All Program Draw.

IRCC has conducted an All-Program draw inviting 700 candidates through the Express Entry program. To meet the eligibility requirements candidates must acquire a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 511.

Today, IRCC has announced that through the Category based selection, they will invite 1500 healthcare workers. Furthermore, IRCC will also invite candidates with work experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. This will be the first-ever category-based Express Entry Draw for STEM professionals.

The first-ever category-based Express Entry Draw was held on June 28, which invited 500 healthcare workers with a minimum CRS score of 476. The latest all-program draw in 2023 has witnessed the highest CRS score of 511, surpassing any previous draws. This score represents a notable increase from the last all-program draw held on June 27, where 4,300 candidates were invited with a minimum CRS score of 486. Furthermore, the current CRS score is 35 points higher than the required score of 476 in the category-based draw conducted on June 28.

 

Category Based Draws

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has announced the implementation of category-based selection draws 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 new 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

Express Entry Program

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.

Express Entry System runs three of Canada’s most prominent economic immigration programs.

The Federal Skilled Worker Program

The Canadian Experience Class

The Federal Skilled Trades Program

Express Entry Recap: H1 2023 & Exclusive Preview of Next 6 Months – A Promising Journey

Express entry is considered the fastest way for skilled workers to migrate to Canada. Even though the express entry procedure faced a long pause during the Covid-19 outbreak, the program is back on track and is faster than ever before.

The program was restarted last year in July, Express Entry draws occurred every two weeks on Wednesdays and resumed the pre-pandemic established patterns. Draw sizes increased by predictable increments while the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score decreased slightly with each draw.

But the pattern was broken by an unexpected six-week pause due to a technical glitch in the Express Entry System. The first draw of this year was held on January 11 and invited 5,500 candidates. This is a higher number when compared with the 2022 draws. After that, the draw sizes fluctuated, going as low as 589 ITAs in May and as high as 7000 ITAs for three consecutive draws in March.

 The number of ITAs (Invitation to apply) issued so far in 2023 is 58,849, which is already higher than the 35,570 ITAs issued in the last year between July and November. This clearly shows the intention of the Canada government. At the beginning of 2023, IRCC issued 11,000 ITAs over two draws in January. However, February was slow, issuing only 4892 in three draws. March witnessed the second-highest number of candidates invited in a single month in Express Entry history. IRCC issued 21,667 ITAs over four draws. April and May were a little dull, inviting 7000 and 5389 respectively.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Scores

The minimum CRS Score is also varying according to different draws this year. The highest CRS score so far in 2023 was 791 for a PNP-only draw on February 15 and the lowest was 476 for the first-ever category-based draw on June 28. Most other draws over the past six months have had a minimum CRS cut-off score between 485 and 490.

How often does the draw happen?

There is no fixed schedule for Express Entry draws. The immigration minister decides to decide when to conduct a draw. Mostly there will be a draw every two weeks. But in 2023, more draws are happening. For instance, there were three draws in February, with the first two occurring back-to-back on February 1 and February 2.

Types of Express Entry draws happening in 2023

The Express Entry draws consider three types of economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program. While considering candidates from all the programs, the Canadian government has also conducted four draws for the Provincial Nominee Program

Expected developments this year in Express Entry

On May 31, IRCC announced that in the summer it would begin holding draws for Express Entry Candidates who fall into six new categories. 82 occupations are now eligible for this category-based selection. Have a look at the new categories:

  •  healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French-speaking abilities

Express Entry Candidates with either required work or language experience in selected occupations under these categories will receive an invitation to apply (ITA). Healthcare occupations dominate the overall occupations eligible for category-based selection. Science, Technology Engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations are the other major occupations that also make up a large share of the category.

On June 28, Canada announced the invitation of 500 health workers through its first occupational-specific Express Entry Program.  The immigration minister conveyed that they would invite more than 1500 workers in the next week. On the same day, IRCC announced that it would hold Express Entry draws for eligible candidates under the STEM category during the week of July 5.

IRCC plans to accomplish the target of the Immigration levels plan 2023-2025 through these programs. Canada plans to strengthen its workforce through the immigration of skilled workers.

Another major program that will create a massive impact on the Express Entry system is the introduction of permits for H-1B visa holders in the US. Canada aims to welcome 10,000 H-1B visa holders in the US to come and work in Canada. This will eventually benefit thousands of Indian tech professionals.

On June 27, IRCC said it would provide work permit holders with more flexibility to study in Canada. This will afford them the ability to earn additional CRS points for studying in Canada as long as they pursue an eligible program.

 

IRCC held the fifteenth Express Entry Draw June 2023

IRCC held the fifteenth Express Entry Draw 2023, the second this month. 

IRCC has held the fifteenth Express Entry Draw 2023, inviting 4300 candidates in the all-program draw. The candidates must have a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486. This was the second draw this month. The first express entry draw was held on June 8, which invited 4800 candidates in the all-program draw that required the candidates to have a minimum CRS cut-off score of 486.

Since Canada was facing a skilled labor shortage and the old Canada PR application system was slow and had a lot of backlogs, the Canadian government introduced Express Entry in January 2015. 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.  Express Entry System runs three of Canada’s most prominent economic immigration programs.

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  2. The Canadian Experience Class
  3. The Federal Skilled Trades Program

Earlier on May 31, IRCC announced that in the summer it would begin holding draws for Express Entry Candidates who fall into six new categories. 82 occupations are now eligible for this category-based selection. Have a look at the new categories:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French-speaking abilities

Express Entry Candidates with either required work or language experience in selected occupations under these categories will receive an invitation to apply (ITA). Healthcare occupations dominate the overall occupations eligible for category-based selection. Science, Technology Engineering, and mathematics (STEM) occupations are the other major occupations that also make up a large share of the category.

 

Express Entry: Canada invites 4800 candidates in first draw of June 2023

The IRCC held its 14th Express Entry draw for 2023.

In June’s initial draw, following the recent draw on May 24, a total of 4,800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 488 were invited in an all-program draw. Notably, this minimum score requirement is higher compared to the previous all-program draw on April 26, which had a minimum CRS score requirement of 483.

Exciting news from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada): they have recently introduced six new category-based selection criteria for Express Entry candidates. These categories aim to attract candidates with specific attributes that align with Canada’s economic goals. The new categories include:

  1. Healthcare professionals
  2. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experts
  3. Skilled tradespeople (e.g., carpenters, plumbers, contractors)
  4. Transportation industry workers
  5. Agriculture and agri-food specialists
  6. Candidates with strong French speaking abilities

These categories have been established to ensure that Canada’s immigration system remains responsive to the evolving needs of its economy. Candidates with relevant work experience in these fields will have enhanced opportunities to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system.

Looking at the numbers, excluding the current draw, IRCC has already invited a significant number of candidates in 2023. Over 13 draws, a total of 49,948 candidates have received invitations. This figure is notably higher than the number of candidates invited between July and November 2022, during which IRCC did not hold any all-program draws until July 2022 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (with 31,000 candidates invited).