Category Based Selection for Healthcare Workers by IRCC

Canada announces category based selection for healthcare workers under the express entry system.

In a bid to address the growing demand for skilled immigrants in Canada, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) announced the latest Express Entry System #255 on July 6, 2023, inviting 1500 applicants who are qualified for category-based hiring in the healthcare industry. Healthcare workers are required to have a CRS score of 463. Every month, Canada invites tens of thousands of people to seek permanent residency. The upcoming express entry draw, number 256, is scheduled for July 12th, 2023.

Following the previous draw on July 5, this draw was the second category-specific draw for healthcare employees. Applicants for this draw were chosen from a small pool of healthcare jobs in Express Entry.

Which Healthcare Professions Qualify for This Draw?

ProfessionNOC Code
Doctors of speech-language pathology and hearing specialists31112
Dieticians and Nutrition specialists31121
Educational advisors41320

What is a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)?

The CRS is a system based on points that evaluate candidates based on factors like age, academic qualifications, employment history, fluency in English or French, and other variables. The top applicants who receive a score out of 1,200 are encouraged to apply for permanent residency. It’s a component of the Express Entry system, which was put in place in January 2015 to handle applications for residence.

How Can the CRS Score be Improved?

To improve your CRS score, you are required to consider the following areas:

  1. Education: Study here before submitting an Express Entry application. Your score will go up if you have Canadian study experience.
  2. Language: Since French and English are recognized as official languages in Canada, enroll in a French class and study both to score higher. 
  3. Work: If you have fewer than three years of full-time experience, keep working even though Canadian work experience is more appreciated than non-Canadian work experience. 
  4. Spouse: Candidates with a spouse have an increased chance of raising their CRS score because the government will consider your spouse’s educational background, linguistic proficiency, and Canadian job experience. Your partner’s first language scores might raise your CRS by up to 20 points. ECA towards your partner’s education might raise your CRS score by 10 points.
  5. Academic qualifications: You will get bonus points for education if you hold two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

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