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Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that category-specific Express Entry draws will start Summer 2023. These draws will be in addition to the normal rounds of invitations (Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), and Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP)) as well as the program specific rounds of invitations.

To be invited to apply in a category-specific draw, an applicant must be registered in the Express Entry pool, and meet the category specific requirements, meet the program specific requirements, and have the minimum number of express entry CRS points required to be invited in that particular draw.

Applicants selected under a category specific draw will then be able to apply for permanent residence and prove they meet the requirements of the program they were selected under.

IRCC has chosen the below specific categories Express Entry draws:

  1. French-language proficiency
  2. Work experience in healthcare occupations
  3. Work experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  4. Work experience in trade occupations
  5. Work experience in transport occupations
  6. Work experience in agriculture and agri-food occupations

To be eligible for an invitation through a category-based round, an Applicant must meet all of the requirements under the category applying under.

To be eligible for the French-language proficiency category Applicants must have a CLB Niveaux de comp├ętence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) of at least 7 in all 4 language abilities on an accepted French test.

To be eligible for the

  • Healthcare Occupations Category,
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Occupations Category,
  • Trade Occupations Category
  • Transport Occupation Category
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations Category

Applicants must have:

  • acquired, in the last 3 years,
  • at least 6 months of continuous work experience (in Canada or overseas),
  • in a single occupation listed in a category specific occupation listed below, and
  • meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round.

Healthcare Occupations Category

  1. Audiologists and speech language pathologists – NOC 31112
  2. Chiropractors – NOC 31201
  3. Dentists – NOC 31110
  4. Dieticians and nutritionists – NOC 31121
  5. Education counsellors – NOC 41320
  6. General practitioners and family physicians – NOC 31102
  7. Instructors of persons with disabilities – NOC 42203
  8. Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment – NOC 31204
  9. Licensed practical nurses – NOC 32101
  10. Massage therapists – NOC 32201
  11. Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations – NOC 33101
  12. Medical laboratory technologists – NOC 32120
  13. Medical radiation technologists – NOC 32121
  14. Medical sonographers – NOC 32122
  15. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates – NOC 33102
  16. Nurse practitioners – NOC 31302
  17. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors – NOC 31300
  18. Occupational therapists – NOC 31203
  19. Optometrists – NOC 31111
  20. Other assisting occupations in support of health services – NOC 33109
  21. Other practitioners of natural healing – NOC 32209
  22. Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating – NOC 31209
  23. Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment – NOC 32109
  24. Paramedical occupations – NOC 32102
  25. Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants – NOC 33103
  26. Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals – NOC 31303
  27. Physiotherapists – NOC 31202
  28. Psychologists – NOC 31200
  29. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses – NOC 31301
  30. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists – NOC 32103
  31. Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine – NOC 31100
  32. Specialists in surgery – NOC 31101
  33. Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies – NOC 41301
  34. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists – NOC 32200
  35. Veterinarians – NOC 31103

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Occupations Category

  1. Architects – NOC 21200
  2. Architecture and science managers – NOC 20011
  3. Business systems specialists – NOC 21221
  4. Civil Engineers – NOC 21300
  5. Computer and information systems managers – NOC 20012
  6. Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) – NOC 21311
  7. Computer systems developers and programmers – NOC 21230
  8. Cybersecurity specialists – NOC 21220
  9. Data scientists – NOC 21211
  10. Database analysts and data administrators – NOC 21223
  11. Electrical and electronics engineers – NOC 21310
  12. Engineering managers – NOC 20010
  13. Industrial and manufacturing engineers – NOC 21321
  14. Information systems specialists – NOC 21222
  15. Land surveyors – NOC 21203
  16. Landscape Architects – NOC 21201
  17. Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries – NOC 21210
  18. Metallurgical and materials engineers – NOC 21322
  19. Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers – NOC 41400
  20. Software developers and programmers – NOC 21232
  21. Software engineers and designers – NOC 21231
  22. Urban and land use planners – NOC 21202
  23. Web designers – NOC 21233
  24. Web developers and programmers – NOC 21234

Trade Occupations Category

  1. Residential and commercial installers and servicers – NOC 73200
  2. Elevator constructors and mechanics – NOC 72406
  3. Machine fitters – NOC 72405
  4. Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics – NOC 72402
  5. Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics – NOC 72400
  6. Carpenters – NOC 72310
  7. Plumbers – NOC 72300
  8. Electricians (except industrial and power system) – NOC 72200
  9. Welders and related machine operators – NOC 72106
  10. Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers – NOC 72014

Transport Occupation Category

  1. Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors – NOC 93200
  2. Transport truck drivers – NOC 73300
  3. Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators – NOC 72604
  4. Engineer officers, water transport – NOC 72603
  5. Deck officers, water transport – NOC 72602
  6. Air traffic controllers and related occupations – NOC 72601
  7. Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors – NOC 72600
  8. Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors – NOC 72404
  9. Railway carmen/women – NOC 72403
  10. Managers in transportation – NOC 70020

Agriculture and Agri-Food Occupations Category

  1. Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services – NOC 82031
  2. Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors – NOC 82030
  3. Butchers- retail and wholesale – NOC 63201

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