Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted its third Express Entry draw of the week.
The Express Entry latest draw held on October 26, 2023, saw ITAs being issued to 3,600 candidates under the Express Entry Healthcare category. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 431 to be eligible.
This was IRCC’s third category-based draw for Healthcare workers since six new categories were announced on May 31. The previous such draws were held on July 06, 2023, and June 28, 2023.
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #271 - October 26, 2023.
Type of draw: Healthcare occupations (2023-1)
If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles. Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Provincial Nominee Programs may be issued through this round of invitations.
Immigrate to Canada as a Healthcare Professional
On May 31, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it had finalized a new category-based selection for Express Entry. Among the six new categories, healthcare occupations make up the largest number of eligible occupations, with 35 in total:
|Occupation||2021 NOC Code||2021 TEER Category|
|Audiologists and speech-language pathologists||31112||1|
|Dieticians and nutritionists||31121||1|
|General practitioners and family physicians||31102||1|
|Instructors of persons with disabilities||42203||2|
|Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment||31204||1|
|Licensed practical nurses||32101||2|
|Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations||33101||3|
|Medical laboratory technologists||32120||2|
|Medical radiation technologists||32121||2|
|Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates||33102||3|
|Nursing coordinators and supervisors||31300||1|
|Other assisting occupations in support of health services||33109||3|
|Other practitioners of natural healing||32209||2|
|Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating||31209||1|
|Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment||32109||2|
|Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants||33103||3|
|Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals||31303||1|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||31301||1|
|Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists||32103||2|
|Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine||31100||1|
|Specialists in surgery||31101||1|
|Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies||41301||1|
|Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists||32200||2|
Immigrants in Canada make up 23% of Registered Nurses, 36% of Registered Physicians, and 54% of Dental Technologists. The Canadian government relies heavily on immigration to fill urgent gaps in the professions mentioned on the Canada Occupation In-Demand List. The most recent job vacancy data from Statistics Canada shows that there were 153,000 vacant positions in health care and social assistance in April 2023. This is the highest level of vacancies across all employment sectors.
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