IRCC held the first Category-Based Selection Express Entry draw

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Category-Based Selection Express Entry draw

On June 28, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the first Category-Based Selection Express Entry draw and issued 500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates working in healthcare occupations. 

In round #252, the cut-off score was 476 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round was November 12, 2022, at 12:47:27 UTC. As of June 28, 2023, there were 220,003 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. 

On July 5, 2023, IRCC will hold another occupation-specific Express Entry draw for healthcare workers. This year, Canada issued 59,548 ITAs through the Express Entry draws.


Category-Based Selection and Healthcare Occupations

Since the six new categories were made public on May 31, this is the first Category-Based Selection Express Entry draw. Canada will be allowed to send invitations to apply (ITAs) to potential employees who have specific skills, training, or language ability due to category-based selections. This will make it easier to select candidates for permanent residence who have the most in-demand skills.

The following categories have been selected for 2023:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • French-language proficiency.
  • Healthcare occupations.
  • Trade occupations.
  • Transport occupations.
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations.

Healthcare occupations have the most number of qualifying occupations among the six new categories:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians 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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