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HISTORIC: IRCC Invites 500 STEM Profiles In A New Category-Based Express Entry Draws



1. IRCC conducted its 254th Express Entry draw on July 05.
2. Foreign nationals in the federal pool with work experience in STEM occupations must have been ranked 500 or above to get invited under this category-based round of invitations.
3. The lowest-rank candidate had a CRS score of 486 in this draw.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its first-ever category-based Express Entry draw for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professionals yesterday. 

The July 05 draw issued 500 invitations to apply (ITA) under three Express Entry programs for direct Canadian permanent residence (PR). Canada pnp finderIRCC preferred older registered profiles in the federal pool, keeping the tie-breaker cut-off date close to November 23, 2022. The tie-break rule is beneficial in cases where two or more candidates end up with the same CRS score. 

Canada invited eligible profiles from 20+ STEM occupations. The minimum qualifying scores based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) remained at 486. 

July 05 also marks the second category-based Express Entry draw of 2023 and the 18th overall. 

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Who Can Receive ITAs in Category-Based Express Entry? 

STEM professionals under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program may have been issued ITAs through this round of invitations for Canada PR

Eligible occupations under the STEM draw include:

1. Architects
2. Architecture and science managers
3. Business systems specialists
4. Civil Engineers
5. Computer and information systems managers
6. Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
7. Computer systems developers and programmers
8. Cybersecurity specialists
9. Data scientists
10. Database analysts and data administrators
11. Electrical and electronics engineers
12. Engineering managers
13. Industrial and manufacturing engineers
14. Information systems specialists
15. Land surveyors
16. Landscape Architects
17. Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
18. Metallurgical and materials engineers
19. Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
20. Software developers and programmers
21. Software engineers and designers
22. Urban and land use planners
23. Web designers
24. Web developers and programmers

Not a while ago, Canada invited another 500 healthcare professionals with CRS 476 in an exclusive category-based Express Entry draw on June 28. There are 35+ eligible healthcare occupations for the category-based Express Entry draw. 

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With the 2023-2025 annual targets for Express Entry landings (principal applicants, spouses, and dependents) set to cross over 100,000 each year, it is your golden time to start planning for immigration to Canada

Contact a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) like CanApprove to determine your best chances of qualifying based on your academic profile and work experience. 

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