Canada Express Entry: 500 Immigrants Invited Under First Category

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The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Wednesday conducted a second round of category-based Express Entry invitations. This particular draw targeted candidates eligible for category-based selection in STEM occupations, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. A total of 500 candidates were invited, with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 486.

This draw had been anticipated since the IRCC’s announcement last week about the inaugural category-based selection draw for STEM professionals. Additionally, IRCC has confirmed another round of invitations for this week, inviting 1,500 healthcare workers to apply for permanent residence. Notably, the previous draw on June 28 invited 500 healthcare workers with the lowest CRS score of 476 seen in any Express Entry draw in 2023.

Canada aims to meet talent demands and drive economic growth by prioritising skilled newcomers with STEM experience, according to a recent news release by IRCC. Accordingly, here’s a list of professions under the STEM category.



Architecture and science managers

Business systems specialists

Civil Engineers

Computer and information systems managers

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Computer systems developers and programmers

Cybersecurity specialists

Data scientists

Database analysts and data administrators

Electrical and electronics engineers

Engineering managers

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

Information systems specialists

Land surveyors

Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries

Metallurgical and materials engineers

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers

Software developers and programmers

Software engineers and designers

Urban and land use planners

Web designers

Web developers and programmers

Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, announced on May 31 that IRCC had finalized new category-based

selection criteria for Express Entry draws. The categories were chosen based on labour market projections and discussions with IRCC partners and stakeholders as well as with provincial and territorial governments.


In its surprise draw on July 4, IRCC also invited 700 candidates in an all-program draw with a minimum CRS score of 511. An all-program draw considers Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

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