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Healthcare Occupations (2023-1): IRCC Invites 3,600 Express Entry Profiles for Canada PR

Express Entry Draw


🔹IRCC conducted its twelfth category-based Express Entry draw on October 26.
🔹Registered foreign nationals who are ranked among the first 3,600 profiles in the newly created Healthcare occupations (2023-1) category received ITAs for Canada PR.
🔹Invited candidates required six months or more work experience within the past 3 years and in one among 35 healthcare occupations in Canada or abroad.
🔹The lowest-rank candidate had a qualifying score of 431 in this round of invitations.
🔹Statistics Canada indicates 153,000 vacant positions in health care and social assistance.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its third category-based Express Entry draw targeting healthcare professionals. The October 26 draw targeted 3,600 healthcare professionals to apply for permanent residency (PR). The draw size here is more than double the previous draws. 

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Eligible foreigners must have had at least six months of work experience in Canada or abroad in one of 35 eligible healthcare occupations. The minimum qualifying score based on the CRS (comprehensive ranking system) was lowered to 431 in this round of invitations. 

In case of a tie between candidates with the same CRS score, Canada preferred profiles who registered in the federal pool on or before May 24, 2023 at 19:47:51 UTC.

Who Can Qualify for Category-Based Express Entry Draws?

IRCC had earlier included six new categories for targeted Express Entry draws: 

🔹Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions
🔹Skilled Trades, such as Carpenters, Plumbers, and Contractors
🔹Agriculture and Agri-food
🔹Strong French language proficiency

The October 26 draw is the twelfth category-based Express Entry draw since its launch in 2015 and 271th overall. All the invited profiles in this round of invitations had prior work experience in any one of the following 35 healthcare occupations:

🔹Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
🔹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
🔹Radiation technologists
🔹Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
🔹Nurse practitioners
🔹Nursing coordinators and supervisors
🔹Occupational therapists
🔹Other assisting occupations in support of health services
🔹Practitioners of natural healing
🔹Professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
🔹Technical occupations in therapy and assessment
🔹Paramedical occupations
🔹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 clinical and laboratory medicine
🔹Specialists in surgery
🔹Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies
🔹Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program may be issued through this round of invitations.

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Immigrants in Canada make up 23% of registered nurses, 36% of registered physicians, and 54% of dental technologists. Those who hope to receive an ITA in the targeted draws must first enter the Express Entry pool. 

IRCC will continue to hold all program draws and program-specific draws as needed. 

If you are a healthcare professional who is interested in immigrating to Canada then you can contact a licensed immigration consultant like CanApprove to learn more about your eligibility and boost your chances of qualifying.

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