New healthcare Express Entry draw sent 3,600 invitations

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IRCC sent 3,600 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency (PR) in a new Express Entry draw today targeting 35 healthcare occupations.

This is the third healthcare targeted draw; IRCC issued invitations for only 1,500 profiles in the previous round on July 6, 2023.

Summary of the Express Entry Draw today

Number of invitations issued: 3,600

Rank required to be invited to apply: 3,600 or above

Date and time of round: October 26, 2023 at 13:28:39 UTC

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 431

Tie-breaking rule: May 24, 2023 at 19:47:51 UTC

The CRS cutoff score is decreasing while the extent of healthcare-targeted Express Entry draws is increasing, which is encouraging.

Professions Qualified For The Healthcare Express Entry Draw

The following are the 35 occupations that qualify for the Express Entry round of invitations in the category-based rounds of invitations for 2023:

NOC CodeOccupation
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31103Veterinarians
31110Dentists
31111Optometrists
31112Audiologists and speech language pathologists
31121Dieticians and nutritionists
31200Psychologists
31201Chiropractors
31202Physiotherapists
31203Occupational therapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31300Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31302Nurse practitioners
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
32201Massage therapists
32209Other practitioners of natural healing
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41320Education counsellors
42203Instructors of persons with disabilities

What are the most recent rounds of invitations for Express Entry?

The healthcare-targeted draw of the new Express Entry draw issued 3,600 invitations to apply for permanent residency on October 26, 2023.

Via a Francophile draw conducted on October 25, the IRCC dispatched a mere 300 invitations for permanent residency. The minimum score required by CRS was 486.

Previously, on October 24, Canada extended 1,548 ITAs to profiles with a CRS score of 776 or higher as part of a ‘PNP-only’ invitation round.

When will the next Express Entry draw be?

The IRCC is likely to announce the following Express Entry Draw between November 7 and November 9, 2023.

How long is the Express Entry processing time?

The service standard for IRCC is that 80% of Express Entry applications must be processed within six months of the complete file being received.


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