Category-Based Selection in Express Entry

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 Category-Based Selection in Express Entry

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    What is Category-Based Selection in Express Entry?

    In 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced its plan to invite candidates from the Express Entry pool who meet specific predefined criteria, in alignment with Canada’s economic objectives. The criteria are to be determined annually, and encompass candidates’ language abilities, work history, or educational background.

    Category-based rounds of invitation have been implemented alongside the regular Express Entry draw rounds for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program.

    The categories selected in 2023 were:

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

    How Do I Qualify for Category-Based Selection in Express Entry?

    To be eligible for category-specific selection in Express Entry, you must have an active Express Entry profile, with an application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program

    Additionally, you either have to demonstrate good French language skills, OR:

    • Have work experience in one of the identified priority occupations, as defined by the specified National Occupation Classification (NOC) Code
    • The work experience must be at least 6 months of full-time, continuous experience obtained within the past 3 years

    Express Entry Priority Categories - Occupation List

    Below is the complete list of Express Entry Priority Categories anounced by IRCC in 2023.

    Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
    Audiologists and speech language pathologists311121
    Chiropractors312011
    Dentists311101
    Dieticians and nutritionists311211
    Education counsellors413201
    General practitioners and family physicians311021
    Instructors of persons with disabilities422032
    Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment312041
    Licensed practical nurses321012
    Massage therapists322012
    Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations331013
    Medical laboratory technologists321202
    Medical radiation technologists321212
    Medical sonographers321222
    Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates331023
    Nurse practitioners313021
    Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors313001
    Occupational therapists312031
    Optometrists311111
    Other assisting occupations in support of health services331093
    Other practitioners of natural healing322092
    Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating312091
    Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment321092
    Paramedical occupations321022
    Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants331033
    Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals313031
    Physiotherapists312021
    Psychologists312001
    Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses313011
    Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists321032
    Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine311001
    Specialists in surgery311011
    Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies413011
    Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists322002
    Veterinarians311031
    Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
    Architects212001
    Architecture and science managers200110
    Business systems specialists212211
    Civil Engineers213001
    Computer and information systems managers200120
    Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)213111
    Computer systems developers and programmers212301
    Cybersecurity specialists212201
    Data scientists212111
    Database analysts and data administrators212231
    Electrical and electronics engineers213101
    Engineering managers200100
    Industrial and manufacturing engineers213211
    Information systems specialists212221
    Land surveyors212031
    Landscape Architects212011
    Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries212101
    Metallurgical and materials engineers213221
    Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers414001
    Software developers and programmers212321
    Software engineers and designers212311
    Urban and land use planners212021
    Web designers212331
    Web developers and programmers212341
    Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
    Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
    Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
    Machine fitters724052
    Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
    Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
    Carpenters723102
    Plumbers723002
    Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
    Welders and related machine operators721062
    Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142
    Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
    Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors932003
    Transport truck drivers733003
    Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators726042
    Engineer officers, water transport726032
    Deck officers, water transport726022
    Air traffic controllers and related occupations726012
    Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors726002
    Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors724042
    Railway carmen/women724032
    Managers in transportation700200
    Occupation2021 NOC code2021 TEER category
    Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services820312
    Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors820302
    Butchers- retail and wholesale632013

    Steps for Immigration to Canada with Express Entry

    In addition to having work experience in an eligible NOC category, immigration to Canada with Express Entry requires the following steps:

    1. Confirm that you meet the requirements for one of the three federal programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, or Federal Skilled Trades.
    2. Take the IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF exam, and if your education is from outside of Canada, obtain an Education Credential Assessment (ECA).
    3. Submit an Express Entry Profile on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, and receive your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
    4. If needed, take steps to increase your CRS score, such as improving your language level, studying in Canada, obtaining a job offer, or obtaining a nomination through the Provincial Nominee Program.
    5. Wait for an Express Entry draw that gives you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC. Draws are generally held every 2 or 3 weeks.
    6. Submit your Application for Permanent Residence (APR) to IRCC. You have 60 days from the date of the ITA to electronically submit your application.

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