IRCC Invites 3,500 Candidates in Express Entry Draw Targeting Healthcare Occupations

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  • February 14, 2024

On February 14,  Canada has invited 3,500 candidates in an Express Entry draw targeting healthcare occupations, announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in the second draw of the week.

In this category-based selection draw, candidates needed to meet a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 422 to receive invitations to apply (ITAs). This draw follows a general draw on February 13, where 1,490 candidates with a minimum CRS score of at least 535 received ITAs.

In 2024, there has been one other category-based selection draw so far, occurring on February 1, inviting 7,000 candidates with strong French language proficiency. This draw was the largest of the year thus far. Additionally, in January, three general draws invited a total of 3,280 candidates, with minimum CRS scores ranging between 546 and 541.

Category-based selection was introduced by IRCC in May 2023 to streamline the immigration process. Six new categories were created, targeting specific human capital attributes. These include proficiency in the French language and occupation-based categories for healthcare occupations, STEM professions, trades occupations, transport occupations, and agriculture and agri-food occupations.

To be considered for category-based selection, candidates must be eligible for an Express Entry program and have an application in the pool through one of the three programs. These categories were chosen following consultations with stakeholders such as provincial and territorial governments, employers, immigration researchers, and settlement services to identify critical gaps in Canada’s labor force and target candidates best suited to fill vacant positions.


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