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IRCC Announces First Targeted Express Entry Draw Of July 2023

Last Updated On 6 July 2023, 10:10 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

First STEM occupations targeted Express Entry draw today sent out 500 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR).

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff increases by 10 points to 486 as compared to first Healthcare occupations targeted draw on June 28.

Below are the full details of STEM occupations targeted Express Entry draw announced today:

  • 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

Immigration Minister announced last week that 1,500 more invitations will be sent this week.

So with only 500 ITAs sent for STEM occupations, we believe more draws to follow today or this week with 1,000 more invitations to apply targeted at other occupations listed for Express Entry draws.

Or additional 1,500 invitations to apply (ITAs) only for Express Entry profiles in 35 healthcare occupations.

Full List of 24 STEM Occupations With NOC Codes

Occupation2021 NOC Code
Architecture and science managers20011
Business systems specialists21221
Civil Engineers21300
Computer and information systems managers20012
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)21311
Computer systems developers and programmers21230
Cybersecurity specialists21220
Data scientists21211
Database analysts and data administrators21223
Electrical and electronics engineers21310
Engineering managers20010
Industrial and manufacturing engineers21321
Information systems specialists21222
Land surveyors21203
Landscape Architects21201
Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries21210
Metallurgical and materials engineers21322
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers41400
Software developers and programmers21232
Software engineers and designers21231
Urban and land use planners21202
Web designers21233
Web developers and programmers21234
STEM Occupations

CRS Score Distribution in the Pool as of July 4, 2023

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On July 4, IRCC also invited 700 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 511 in a surprise all-program draw.

Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program are considered in an all-program draw.

The most recent category-based draw took place last week on June 28 and invited 500 healthcare professionals with a minimum CRS score of 476, the lowest CRS score in any Express Entry draw so far in 2023.

What are these new occupation targeted Express Entry draws?

IRCC will now be inviting in-demand skilled workers by focusing on candidates with experience in 82 occupations in key sectors such as healthcare, STEM professions, trades, transport, and agriculture.

New occupation-based Express Entry draws will prioritize candidates with at least 6 months of work experience in one of the following industries over the past 3 years:

1. healthcare
2. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
3. trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
4. transport
5. agriculture and agri-food

What about the ‘no program specified’ Express Entry draws?

IRCC has previously clarified that ‘no program specified’ Express Entry draws will continue alongside the new targeted draws, but number of invitations will reduce in order to accommodate invitations sent out in targeted draws.

What effect would targeted Express Entry draws have on the CRS score?

It is anticipated that the CRS cutoff score for Express Entry candidates with experience in one of the targeted occupations/NOC codes will decrease.

However, the CRS score cutoff will rise for profiles in ‘no program specified draws’.


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