First Express Entry Draw For Healthcare Occupations in 2024

First Express Entry Draw For Healthcare Occupations in 2024

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 15 Feb, 2024 | 04:28 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) conducted a new Express Entry draw.

On 14 February 2024, the department issued 3,500 invitations to candidates in a category-based Express Entry draw for Healthcare Occupations. Candidates required a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 422 to be eligible.

This draw follows a General Express Entry draw that occurred yesterday, on February 13 - in which 1,490 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 535 were invited. So far in 2024 there was one other category-based selection draw. That draw took place on February 1 and invited 7,000 candidates with strong French language proficiency.

It has been the largest draw of the year so far.

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Express Entry Draw #284 - Results

Type of Draw: Healthcare Occupations

  • Number of invitations issued: 3,500
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,500 or above
  • Date and time of round: 14 February 2024 at 15:50:22 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 422
  • Tie-breaking rule: 30 January 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC

If more than one candidate that was invited, has the lowest CRS score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they had submitted their Express Entry profile. Candidates invited to this Express Entry draw now have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence (PR) in their online account. This includes providing all supporting documentation.

Previous Healthcare Occupations Draws

This was only the fourth Express Entry draw targeted for Healthcare Occupations since new selection categories for Express Entry were introduced by IRCC in May 2023.

Draw No. Date
No. of Invitations Minimum CRS
#271 26 October 2023 3,600 431
#255 06 July 2023 1,500 463
#252 28 June 2024 500 476

Among the six new selection categories, Healthcare occupations make up the largest number of eligible occupations with 35 in total.

Healthcare Occupations Category Eligibility

To be eligible under the Healthcare Occupations category, you must:

  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad, in one of the 35 NOCs targeted for the Healthcare Occupations Category.
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round.

NOCs targeted

Occupation 2021 NOC Code 2021 TEER Category
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 31112 1
Chiropractors 31201 1
Dentists 31110 1
Dieticians and nutritionists 31121 1
Education counsellors
41320
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
Massage therapists
32201
2
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33101
3
Medical laboratory technologists
32120
2
Medical radiation technologists
32121
2
Medical sonographers
32122
2
Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
33102
3
Nurse practitioners
31302
1
Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31300
1
Occupational therapists
31203
1
Optometrists
31111
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
Paramedical occupations
32102
2
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33103
3
Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals
31303
1
Physiotherapists
31202
1
Psychologists
31200
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
Veterinarians
31103
1

Canada depends heavily on immigration to fill healthcare positions. According to the latest job vacancy data from Statistics Canada, in 2023, there were 153,000 unfilled positions in healthcare and social assistance. This marks the highest number of vacancies across all employment sectors in the country.

Now is indeed the best time to immigrate to Canada as a Healthcare Worker!

Stay tuned for more Canada Immigration News.

Read More: 8 Best Healthcare Jobs in Canada for Immigrants in 2024

Source: canada.ca



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