IRCC has made changes to selection in rounds of invitations that may impact Express Entry profiles

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced category based rounds of invitation in the Express Entry Program.

IRCC holds rounds of invitation that are general (where no special program is specified) or Program specific rounds (where candidates from a specific program like Skilled Worker, Skilled Trades, Canadian Experience Class or PNP are sent Invitations to Apply).

Now in addition to these, a new category based rounds will be held, which will impact the Express Entry Profiles. For the year 2023, 6 categories have been identified by the IRCC:

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

For eligibility in French Language Proficiency, one must have appeared in the approved French Language test and scored minimum NCLC level 7 in all 4 modules.

To be eligible in Healthcare Occupations Category, one must have acquired at least 6 months of work experience in the last 3 years in one of the following occupations:

Audiologists and speech language pathologists
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
Medical sonographers
Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
Nurse practitioners
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
Occupational therapists
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
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
Specialists in surgery
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

In Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations, the eligibility is to have held at least 6 months experience in one of the following jobs in the last 3 years:

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
Landscape Architects
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

Eligibility for rounds of Trade occupations category is minimum 6 months job experience in the following occupations in last 3 years in one of the following jobs:

Residential and commercial installers and servicers
Elevator constructors and mechanics
Machine fitters
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
Electricians (except industrial and power system)
Welders and related machine operators
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

For Transport occupations category, the eligibility is to have 6 months experience in one of the following jobs during past 3 years:

Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
Transport truck drivers
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
Engineer officers, water transport
Deck officers, water transport
Air traffic controllers and related occupations
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
Railway carmen/women
Managers in transportation

In Agriculture and agri-food occupations, the eligible candidates must have a 6 months work experience in last 3 years in one of the following occupations:

Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
Butchers- retail and wholesale

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