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Express Entry Draw 254 | 500 Invited in STEM Category-Specific Draw

Published on: July 5th, 2023
Last updated: August 22nd, 2023

The first ever Express Entry draw for STEM workers was just held. Express Entry draw 254 saw a CRS score of 486 and invited 500 candidates eligible for category-based selection in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) occupations.

Express Entry Draw 254

Date of Draw: July 5th, 2023

Number of Invitations Issued: 500

Minimum CRS: 486

Program Specified: STEM occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: November 23, 2022 00:01:29 UTC

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First STEM Category-Specific Draw

Express Entry draw 254 issued 500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 486. Today’s draw was the first ever category-specific draw for STEM occupations. Meaning that all candidates for this draw were selected from a select number of NOC codes within the Express Entry pool, related to STEM occupations.

Today’s draw is also the second of this week. Yesterday’s draw was an all-program draw which invited 700 candidates from all programs without any category restrictions. This means that all profiles in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 511 (yesterday’s cut-off score) or higher could qualify.

Category-specific draws will allow the government to target those with skills and occupations most in demand in Canada. It will also be advantageous for those within these selected categories as the cut-off score will likely be lower compared to all-program draws. Todays category-specific draw for example, was 25 points lower than yesterdays all-program draw.

According to the IRCC, future draws will be a mix of all-program draws, category specific draws and PNP specific draws.

What Are the Eligible STEM Occupations For This Draw?

Occupation 2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
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

What Will Future Express Entry Draws Look Like?

Express Entry will hold different types of draws throughout the year, not just category-based draws. There will be 3 types of rounds:

  1. General round of invitations: General rounds of invitations invites the top-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool who are eligible for 1 of the 3 Express Entry Programs. The 3 programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  2. Program-specific rounds of invitations: Program-specific rounds invite the top-ranking candidates who are eligible for a specific Express Entry program. For example, the IRCC often has draws specifically for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), where only candidates who are eligible for a PNP are invited.
  3. Category-based rounds of invitations: The Minister of Immigration will establish specific categories to meet specific economic goals across Canada. Once the categories are established, the top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for this category will receive an invitation.

How Can I Apply for Express Entry?

Express Entry is a system used by the Canadian government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residency. Express Entry uses a point-based system, the CRS, to rank candidates’ profiles.

Applying to Express Entry is a two-step procedure. The first step is to submit your profile with the required documents. Required documents usually consist of language test results, educational credentials and passport or travel documentation.

After you submit a profile and receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence, you can submit your complete application for the IRCC to review. Your complete application should include supporting documents such as reference letters, additional identity documents, police clearance certificates, and results of a medical examination.

Interested in learning more about your options to enter the Express Entry pool? Complete our free online assessment form today!

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