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IRCC outlines targets for category based Express Entry invitations

August 15, 2023

By CIC News |

A new report by the Globe and Mail sheds additional light on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry category-based selection targets for 2023.

IRCC began holding category-based Express Entry draws in late June. There are six categories in total, which have been chosen to achieve specific economic goals.

In data obtained from IRCC, the Globe and Mail reports IRCC will put considerably more emphasis on recruiting STEM professions. In particular, between 28 per cent and 31 per cent of invitations that are issued through Express Entry this year are expected to go to people with recent experience in certain STEM jobs, such as software developers and data scientists.

So far, there has only been one round of STEM invites that went to 500 applicants.

The target for STEM professions is much higher than for the other occupations categories. Specifically, the target range for candidates with French proficiency is 11 per cent to 15 percent. The target for specific occupations within health care is nine percent to 12 percent, three to four percent for trades and one to two per cent each for transportation and agriculture occupations.

What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is the system IRCC uses the manage the applications of skilled workers who want to become permanent residents of Canada. It manages three programs, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

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