On May 31, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada announced a significant shift in their approach to selecting Express Entry candidates. Since June 2022, the Canadian government has been strategically planning category-based selection draws, marking a change in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. This amendment now allows for the selection of immigrants based on specific attributes that align with Canada’s economic priorities.
The reasoning behind this change is rooted in the belief of the IRCC that inviting more skilled workers in particular professions will contribute to Canada’s goal of integrating in-demand occupations into communities throughout the nation.
During category-based rounds of invitations, candidates receive invitations to apply for a Canada PR visa based on criteria such as
In this post, we’ll delve into an overview of how category-based selection draws for Express Entry operate. Additionally, we’ll shed light on the priority categories slated for upcoming draws in 2024 and outline the eligibility requirements necessary for receiving an invitation to apply for a Canada PR visa.
Acknowledging the crucial role of immigration in filling healthcare positions, Canada addresses the substantial demand for skilled professionals in the healthcare sector. Recent job vacancy data from Statistics Canada indicates a staggering 153,000 unfilled positions in health care and social assistance as of April 2023, marking the highest vacancy levels across all employment sectors. To qualify under the Healthcare Occupations category, you must:
|Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
|Dieticians and Nutritionists
|General practitioners and family physicians
|Instructors of persons with disabilities
|Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
|Licensed practical nurses
|Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
|Medical laboratory technologists
|Medical radiation technologists
|Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
|Nursing coordinators and supervisors
|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 assessments
|Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
|Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
|Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists
|Specialists in surgery
|Therapists in counselling and related specialised therapies
|Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
The foundation of Canada’s dynamic economy rests on the shoulders of STEM professionals. In the final quarter of 2022, an impressive 56,915 job vacancies were identified within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector alone. Provinces such as Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia are leading the charge, showcasing their cutting-edge and innovation-centric industries. To qualify under the STEM Occupations category, you must:
|Architecture and Science Managers
|Business Systems Specialists
|Computer and Information Systems Managers
|Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
|Computer Systems Developers and Programmers
|Cyber security Specialists
|Database Analysts and Data Administrators
|Electrical and Electronics Engineers
|Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
|Information Systems Specialists
|Mathematicians, Statisticians, And Actuaries
|Metallurgical and Materials Engineers
|Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants, and Program Officers
|Software Developers and Programmers
|Software Engineers and Designers
|Urban and Land Use Planners
|Web Developers and Programmers
|Residential and commercial installers and servicers
|Elevator constructors and mechanics
|Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
|Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
|Electricians (except industrial and power systems)
|Welders and related machine operators
|Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
|2021 NOC Code
|2021 TEER Category
|Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
|Transport truck drivers
|Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
|Engineer officers, water transport
|Air traffic controllers and related occupations
|Air pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors
|Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
|Managers in transportation
By the close of 2022, the job vacancy rate in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting category stood at 10,535, representing 3.9%. To be eligible under the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category, you must:
|2021 NOC Code
|2021 TEER Category
|Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services
|Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
|Butchers- retail and wholesale
Embarking on Canada’s Express Entry system journey initiates with the creation of an online profile within your secure account with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once your profile is established, you enter the Express Entry pool, where your eligibility for programs such as the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class is assessed.
During your time in the pool, a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score is meticulously calculated, taking various factors into account to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your profile. Accessible through your IRCC account, this score offers transparency regarding your standing.
The subsequent step involves identifying candidates eligible for specific categories established by the Minister. This categorization is pivotal in shaping the subsequent ranking of Express Entry profiles. Eligible candidates are then ranked based on their CRS scores, laying the groundwork for the upcoming round of invitations.
In the invitation round, candidates with the highest CRS scores are extended invitations to apply for economic immigration programs. In category-based rounds, meeting eligibility for a particular category becomes an additional criterion for invitation.
Upon receiving an invitation, candidates are granted a 60-day window to submit their application for permanent residence under a specific Express Entry program. The final decision on the application takes into account program eligibility, the accuracy of the information provided in the profile, category eligibility, and the candidate’s overall admissibility to Canada. This structured and transparent process ensures a fair and systematic approach to selecting individuals for permanent residence in Canada.
As of now, IRCC has conducted 17 invitation rounds under the newly launched category-based selection for Express Entry draws.