IRCC invited the first STEM candidates in the new occupation-specific Express Entry draw

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STEM candidates

On July 5, 2023, IRCC held the first occupation-specific Express Entry draw for STEM candidates and issued 500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to qualified candidates. 

In round #254, the cut-off score was 486 points. The tie-breaking rule for this round was November 23, 2022, at 00:01:29 UTC. As of July 4, 2023, there were 214,529 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. 

This year, Canada issued 60,748 ITAs through the Express Entry draws.


About STEM candidatesSTEM candidates in the new occupation-specific Express Entry draws

On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a category-based selection for Express Entry, allowing IRCC to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability.  This year, invitations will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in: 

  • healthcare, 
  • STEM professions, 
  • trades, 
  • transport, 
  • agriculture, and 
  • agri-food. 

Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide. Click here to complete details about the Express Entry Category base selection. 

Full List of STEM Occupations to be Targeted

The complete list of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations with NOC codes and TEER category are listed in the table below:

Occupations NOC code TEER category
Architects 21200 1
Architecture and science managers 20011 0
Business systems specialists 21221 1
Civil Engineers 21300 1
Computer and information systems managers 20012 0
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 21311 1
Computer systems developers and programmers 21230 1
Cybersecurity specialists 21220 1
Data scientists 21211 1
Database analysts and data administrators 21223 1
Electrical and electronics engineers 21310 1
Engineering managers 20010 0
Industrial and manufacturing engineers 21321 1
Information systems specialists 21222 1
Land surveyors 21203 1
Landscape Architects 21201 1
Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries 21210 1
Metallurgical and materials engineers 21322 1
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers 41400 1
Software developers and programmers 21232 1
Software engineers and designers 21231 1
Urban and land use planners 21202 1
Web designers 21233 1
Web developers and programmers 21234 1

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