Express Entry Draws

Express Entry Draw 271 | 3,600 Invited in Healthcare Draw

Published on: October 26th, 2023

The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 271 saw a Lowest CRS score of 431 and invited 3,600 candidates eligible for category-based selection in healthcare occupations.


Express Entry Draw 271

Date of Draw: October 26, 2023 at 13:28:39 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 3,600

Minimum CRS: 431

Program Specified: Healthcare occupations (2023-1)

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

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Third Category-Specific Draw for Healthcare Occupations

Category-specific draws 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 than all-program draws. This will give more varied profiles and experiences a chance at selection by considering other factors than only CRS scores for these types of draws.

Today’s draw was the third category-specific draw for healthcare workers, the previous one was held on July 6th, draw #255. Since the introduction of Healthcare Occupations (2023-1) on June 28, 2023, we have observed a continuous 300% growth in the number of invitations with each subsequent categpry draw. This is a result of the minimum required score decreasing by 22.5 points since the initial draw in the category, leading to an expansion of eligible profiles within the Express Entry candidate pool and reaching the maximum of 3,600 invitations in the category.

Express Entry draw #271 issued 3,600 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 431. This means that all candidates for this draw were selected from a select number of healthcare occupations within the Express Entry pool.

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.

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.


Qualification for the Healthcare Occupations Category 

To be eligible for this category, you must:

  • Accumulate a minimum of 6 months of full-time employment (or an equivalent duration of part-time employment) within the preceding 3 years of the application.
  • This experience must be within a single profession of all the enumerated in the Eligible Healthcare Occupations table provided below.
  • Experience should be in either in Canada or internationally
  • Meet all the prerequisites outlined in the guidelines for the respective round of invitations.


What Are the Eligible Healthcare Occupations for This Category?

Occupation2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Audiologists and speech language pathologists311121
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
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
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

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