First-ever Express Entry Draw For Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

First-ever Express Entry Draw For Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 03 Oct, 2023 | 04:20 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a new Express Entry draw today.

The Express Entry latest draw conducted on September 28, 2023, saw invitations being issued to a total of 600 candidates in a targeted category-based Express Entry draw for candidates in Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations. Invited candidates required a minimum CRS score of 354 - to be eligible for this invitation round.

This was the first invitation round conducted by IRCC for Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations candidates.

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Express Entry Draw #267

Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system #267 - September 28, 2023

Type of draw: Agriculture and Agri-food occupations (2023-1)

  • Number of invitations issued: 600
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 600 or above
  • Date and time of round: September 28, 2023, at 16:45:09 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranking candidates invited: 354
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 12, 2023 at 10:23:21 UTC

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.

Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category Eligibility

To be eligible to apply under the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria of one of the Express Entry streams: FSWP, FSTP, or CEC.
  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad, in a profession targeted for the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category.
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round.

A total of 3 occupations are eligible for the Express Entry draw for candidates with Agriculture and Agri-food work experience.

Jobs For Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category: Complete List

Occupation 2021 NOC Code 2021 TEER Category
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services 82031 2
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors 82030 2
Butchers - retail and wholesale 63201 3

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On May 31, 2023, IRCC finalized six new selection categories for Express Entry draws. Besides the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations category, other newly launched categories include Healthcare occupations, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations, Trades occupations, Transport occupations, and Strong French language proficiency.

The Express Entry system is now tailored to provide a streamlined and efficient pathway for individuals with expertise in critical in-demand fields in Canada. By prioritizing the invitation of skilled immigrants with work experience in Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations, Canada aims to meet the increasing demand for talent and fill key positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and advancement.



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