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Agriculture And Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1): Express Entry Draw Invites 400 Profiles for PR

Express Entry Draw 278



1. IRCC held its seventeenth category-based Express Entry draw on December 21.

2. It also marks the 278th Express Entry draw since 2015.

3. Foreign nationals with experience in Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations including Butchers, Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services were eligible to receive ITAs for Canada PR. 

4. The qualifying score increased to 386 points. 

5. Thanks to regular category-based draws, IRCC issued over 23,000 Express Entry ITAs for PR in new category-based selection draws alone. 

In a series of selection rounds for permanent residency, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its fourth Express Entry draw last week. The latest round marked the second category-based selection round under the Agriculture And Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1) category.  

400 candidates with one year or more relevant work experience in eligible occupations received invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency (PR). It is possible that FSWP, CEC, or FSTP-qualified candidates were invited. 

All the invited candidates were required to secure a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score above 386. This is 32 points higher than the previous draw on September 28. 

Also, if more than one eligible candidate had the same CRS score, IRCC considered only those profiles submitted on or before July 06, 2023, at 05:44:14 UTC. 

In the last two weeks, Canada has held four draws including one general draw and two category-based selection draws for Trades occupations followed by Transport occupations,

Understanding Agriculture And Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1) Category

The Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1) is a new immigration category that is designed to attract skilled workers to fill in-demand jobs in the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

There are three eligible occupations in this category:

1. Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services (NOC 82031)

2. Agriculture service contractors and farm supervisors (NOC 82030)

3. Butchers – retail and wholesale (NOC 63201)

To be eligible for this category, you must have at least one year of work experience in one of the eligible occupations in the past three years. You must also meet the minimum language proficiency requirements for Express Entry.

Maximizing Your Chances in Upcoming Express Entry Draws

IRCC will continue to hold all program draws, program-specific, and category-specific draws as needed. It is more so because Canada plans to admit 110,700 permanent resident admissions through Express Entry by the end of 2024. 

You can follow the Express Entry assessment criteria to maximize your success:

1. Work Experience: Relevant work experience in a skilled occupation can earn you points. 

2. Language Proficiency: Language skills in English and French are crucial. 

3. Education: Higher levels of education can earn you more CRS points. 

4. Age: Younger candidates receive more points.

5. Provincial Nomination: Candidates with prior provincial nominations receive additional CRS points.

6. Arranged Employment: If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn extra CRS points.

7. Spouse or Common-law Partner: Adaptability factors of your spouse or common-law partner can add points to your CRS score.

8. Siblings in Canada: Having a brother or sister who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident can give you additional CRS points.

Interested professionals can contact a licensed immigration consultant like CanApprove to boost their chances of qualifying for immigration.   

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