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Express Entry Draw #293 | 4,500 Invited in STEM Category

Published on: April 11th, 2024

The first Express Entry draw for STEM workers in 2024 was just held!
Candidates eligible for category-based selection in Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) occupations were invited.


Express Entry Draw 293

Date of Draw: April 11, 2024 at 13:23:42 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 4,500

Minimum CRS: 491

Program Specified: STEM occupations (2024-1)

Tie-breaking rule: February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC

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First STEM Category-Specific Draw in 2024

Today’s draw was the first category-specific draw for STEM occupations in 2024. Express Entry draw 293 issued 4,500 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 491.  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 the second consecutive draw of this week, and the first of the STEM category, marking a significant change from the absence of draws for the category since December 8, 2023.

The Previous draw this week was a “General” cateogry draw, issued yesterday. Which invited 1,280 candidates. All profiles in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 549 (yesterday’s cut-off score) or higher could qualify.

When we compare the most recent draw for the “STEM Occupations (2024-1)” category and the previous one, held on December 8, 2023, we notice some key differences. The last draw in 2023, issued 5,900 invitations with a lower Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of just 481 points. Today’s draw issued a lower number of invitations, totaling only 4,500. This reduction is attributed to a slight increase in the required CRS score, which went up by just 10 points. (The lowest candidate score selected in today’s draw was 491 points). This variation suggests that even a small improvement of 10 points in your CRS score can significantly enhance your chances of being selected in such draws.

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Qualification for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Category

To qualify, you must:

  1. Have acquired a minimum of 6 months of continuous full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in one of the occupations listed in the table below, within the last 3 years.
  2. This experience should have been gained either in Canada or abroad.
  3. Satisfy all the criteria outlined in the instructions specific to the current round.

Comprehensive eligibility information can be found in the instructions provided for each round on the IRCC website.

Eligible Occupations For The STEM Draws

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

Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place. Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA.

As of today the composition of the Express Entry pool is:

Express Entry Pool of Candidates


Data Table

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates
UpdatedApril 23, 2024

Previous Express Entry – STEM occupations Draws

Express Entry – STEM Category Draws 2024


Latest Express Entry Draw – All categories

Check here the full list of the Express entry draws that were held this year:

DrawDateCategoryNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
295April 24, 2024French language proficiency1,400410April 07, 2024 at 02:06:46 UTC
294April 23, 2024General2,095529November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC
293April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC
292April 10, 2024General1,280549March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC
291March 26, 2024French language proficiency 1,500388March 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTC
290March 25, 2024General1,980524February 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTC
289March 13, 2024Transport occupations 975430July 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTC
288March 12, 2024General2,850525March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC
287February 29, 2024French language proficiency 2,500336January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC
286February 28, 2024General1,470534January 16, 2024 at 03:51:05 UTC
285February 16, 2024Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150437January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC
284February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations 3,500422January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC
283February 13, 2024General1,490535February 11, 2024 at 15:26:56 UTC
282February 1, 2024French language proficiency 7,000365September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC
281January 31, 2024General730541July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC
280January 23, 2024General1,040543January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC
279January 10, 2024General1,510546December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC
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