CanadaExpress EntryLife in CanadaSettle in CanadaStudy in CanadaJuly 7, 2023by sai ram dowluriIRCC invites 1,500 Express Entry candidates in third round of invitations this week

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended invitations to Express Entry candidates for the third consecutive day.

In today’s draw, 1,500 candidates were selected from the pool of candidates eligible for category-based selection in healthcare occupations. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this round was 463, which is the lowest score among all the Express Entry draws conducted in 2023.

The invitation round for healthcare workers was anticipated as IRCC had previously announced that 1,500 healthcare workers would be invited this week. This follows the first-ever category-based draw held on June 28, where 500 healthcare workers with a minimum CRS score of 476 received Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

These recent draws follow the invitations issued to candidates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions on July 5. In the previous draw, 500 STEM candidates with a minimum CRS score of 486 were issued ITAs.

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


Healthcare occupations eligible for category-based selection encompass a total of 35 different occupations, including audiologists, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, and veterinarians, among others.
  • Audiologists and speech language pathologists
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • Education counsellors
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Other practitioners of natural healing
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists

In Canada, immigrants contribute significantly to the healthcare workforce, making up 23% of registered nurses, 36% of registered physicians, and 54% of dental technologists. Immigration plays a crucial role in filling urgent labor market gaps. According to the latest job vacancy data from Statistics Canada, the healthcare and social assistance sector had 153,000 vacant positions in April 2023, the highest among all employment sectors.


The introduction of category-based selection draws stems from an announcement made by Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, on May 31. The categories, which include healthcare,


The new categories are as follows:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French-language proficiency
The categories were chosen based on labor market projections and discussions with IRCC partners and stakeholders as well as with provincial and territorial governments.
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