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IRCC has held the 15th Express Entry draw of 2023.

In an all-program draw, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 4,300 candidates having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486

This was the second draw this month following the one on June 8. That draw invited 4,800 candidates in an all-program draw and also required that candidates had a minimum CRS cut-off score of 486.

82 occupations now eligible for category-based selection

On May 31, IRCC announced that later in the summer it would begin holding draws for Express Entry candidates who fall into six new categories. The categories are:

  • healthcare
  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
  • transport
  • agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French speaking abilities

In these new draws, Express Entry candidates who have either the required work or language experience in selected occupations within these categories will receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Healthcare occupations represent nearly half of the overall occupations eligible for category-based selection.

Science, Technology Engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations also make up a large share.

Immigration applicants who have work experience within any of the listed occupations must also be in the Express Entry pool to be eligible for an ITA.

A high CRS score is still relevant and those with the highest scores are still more likely to receive an ITA.

IRCC says the categories were chosen based on discussions with the provinces, territories, and other stakeholders. IRCC will include the results of the draws, and their success, in the yearly report to parliament. The department says categories can change from year to year.

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