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Healthcare Occupations (2023-1): IRCC Invites 1,500 Express Entry Profiles for Canada PR

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1. IRCC conducted its third category-based Express Entry draw on July 06.
2. Registered foreign nationals who are ranked among the first 1,500 profiles in the newly created Healthcare occupations (2023-1) category received ITAs for Canada PR.
3. Invited candidates required six months or more work experience within the past 3 years, in one among 35 healthcare occupations in Canada or abroad.
4. The lowest-rank candidate had a qualifying score of 463 in this round of invitations.
5. Statistics Canada indicates 153,000 vacant positions in health care and social assistance in April 2023.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held another category-based Express Entry draw this week on July 06, targeting 1,500 healthcare professionals to apply for permanent residency (PR). 

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The previous category-based Express Entry draws on July 05 invited 500 profiles with work experience in STEM occupations to apply for Canada PR. 

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 463 in this round of invitations. 

The first-ever category-based Express Entry on June 28 that invited 500 eligible healthcare professionals for Canada PR required a minimum qualifying score of 476. In case of a tie between candidates with the same CRS score, Canada preferred profiles who registered in the federal pool on or before June 19, 2023.

Who Can Qualify for Category-Based Express Entry Draws?

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

  • healthcare
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • skilled trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and agri-food
  • strong French language proficiency

July 06 draw is the third category-based Express Entry draw since its launch in 2015 and 255th 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
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • 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
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • 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 assessment
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • 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
  • Veterinarians

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.

New Record: IRCC Holds Three Express Entry Draws in a Week

This July 06 draws follow the first-ever invitations issued to candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions on July 05.  

IRCC also held a surprise all-program Express Entry draw, inviting 700 candidates with CRS 511 to apply for Canada PR. 

Thereby, creating a new record for IRCC to have held Express Entry draws for the third day in a row.

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, you can contact a licensed immigration consultant like CanApprove to learn more about your eligibility and boost your chances of qualifying. 

Claim your free consultation from us today! 

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