Today Canada held its first STEM occupations targeted Express Entry draw. In the latest targeted Express Entry draw, held on July 5, 2023, a total of500 candidatesreceived invitations to apply for permanent residency. This is the second draw of this week.
The minimum score required in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for this draw is 486.
Here are the detail of the Latest STEM occupations targeted Express Entry draw:
Latest Express Entry Draw, July 5, 2023
- Rounds of Invitations: #254
- Express Entry Program: STEM occupations
- Number of invitations issued: 500
- Rank required to be invited to apply: 500 or above
- Date and time of round: July 05, 2023 13:38:22 UTC
- CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 486
- Tie-breaking rule: November 23, 2022 00:01:29 UTC
CRS score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of July 5, 2023
This draw was expected since the IRCC announced last week that the very first Express Entry draw specifically for those in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields would happen this week.
The most recent draw specifically targeting a certain category happened on June 28, last week. It invited 500 healthcare professionals who had a minimum CRS score of 476. So far in 2023, this has been the lowest CRS score in any Express Entry draw.
The IRCC also held an all-program draw on July 4, yesterday. This draw invited 700 candidates who had a minimum CRS score of 511. Such an all-program draw takes into account candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
|Occupation||2021 NOC Code|
|Architecture and science managers||20011|
|Business systems specialists||21221|
|Computer and information systems managers||20012|
|Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)||21311|
|Computer systems developers and programmers||21230|
|Database analysts and data administrators||21223|
|Electrical and electronics engineers||21310|
|Industrial and manufacturing engineers||21321|
|Information systems specialists||21222|
|Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries||21210|
|Metallurgical and materials engineers||21322|
|Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers||41400|
|Software developers and programmers||21232|
|Software engineers and designers||21231|
|Urban and land use planners||21202|
|Web developers and programmers||21234|
To be eligible for the STEM occupations category, you must:
- Meet Express Entry Criteria: Qualify under one of the Express Entry programs, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades Program.
- Accumulate Work Experience: Within the past three years, have a minimum of six months of continuous work experience in one of the listed STEM occupations.
- Fulfill Additional Requirements: Meet all the specific requirements mentioned in the instructions for the category-based draw.
Is my CRS score still important?
According to the IRCC, during category-based invitation rounds, candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet the category requirements will be ranked, and those with the highest rankings will be invited to apply for permanent residence. Just like in a standard draw, eligible candidates will be ordered based on their CRS score. So, those with higher scores are still more likely to get an invitation.
Moreover, the IRCC will keep having regular all-program or program-specific draws. So, maintaining a high CRS score remains important to be considered for these draws.
|Draw #||Date||Immigration Program||Invitations Issued||CRS Score of Lowest-Ranked Candidate Invited|
|254||July 5, 2023||Stem Occupations||500||486|
|253||July 4, 2023||No Program Specified||700||511|
|252||June 28, 2023||35 Healthcare Occupations||500||476|
|251||June 27, 2023||No Program Specified||4,300||486|
|250||June 8, 2023||No Program Specified||4,800||486|
|249||May 24, 2023||No Program Specified||4,800||488|
|248||May 10, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||589||691|
|247||April 26, 2023||No Program Specified||3,500||483|
|246||April 12, 2023||No Program Specified||3,500||486|
|245||March 29, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000||481|
|244||March 23, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000||484|
|243||March 15, 2023||No Program Specified||7,000||490|
|242||March 1, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||667||748|
|241||February 15, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||699||791|
|240||February 2, 2023||Federal Skilled Worker||3,300||489|
|239||February 1, 2023||Provincial Nominee Program||893||733|
|238||January 18, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500||490|
|237||January 11, 2023||No Program Specified||5,500||507|
What are Express Entry Draws?
Express Entry draws are held regularly, inviting candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residency.
The draws are based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which ranks candidates according to their skills, education, work experience, and other factors.
Canada has introduced category-based selections within the Express Entry system. These selections aim to prioritize candidates with specific skills, training, or language abilities.
The eligible categories include healthcare, STEM professions, trades, transport, and agriculture. Applicants must demonstrate at least 6 months of work experience in a qualifying occupation within the last 3 years.
How to Apply for Express Entry
The Express Entry application process consists of two steps:
- Submitting the profile with required documents such as language test results, educational credentials, and passport or travel documentation.
- If invited to apply, submit a complete application with supporting documents like reference letters, identity documents, police clearance certificates, and medical examination results.
The processing times for different application types within the Express Entry system can vary, with Canadian Experience Class (CEC) currently taking around 4 months and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) around 24 months.