There are six new categories for Express Entry candidates:
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions.
Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors.
Agriculture and agri-food.
The new categories are aimed to fill vacant positions throughout Canada and help close Canada’s labour shortage as well as growing the prominence of the French language in French minority communities outside of Quebec.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has issued more than 3,000 invitations under the new categories.
How are the categories chosen?
IRCC chooses the categories based on legislative requirements, public consultation with provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners.
Consultation with members of different industries, unions, labour market information and projections.
Consultation and input we from provinces and territories, and stakeholders across Canada.
IRCC Categories for 2023.
For 2023, the categories are:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
Agriculture and agri-food occupations
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for an invitation through a category-based round, you must:
Meet the minimum criteria for Express Entry to be placed in the pool, including being eligible for 1 of the 3 immigration programs it covers and
Meet all the requirements in the instructions for that round of invitations.
Generally, candidates are eligible if they have accumulated within the past 3 years at least six months of full-time work experience, or the equivalent of part-time work, in one of the targeted occupations. Specifically, this means applicants must have:
Performed the actions described in the lead statement for the occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification; and
Performed a substantial number of the main duties of the occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification, including all the essential duties.
To be eligible under the French-language proficiency category, the applicant must present a valid test result with NCLC 7 or higher under every language skill.
For all the other categories, as noted above, applicants must show at least six months of continuous work experience in the past three years.
Healthcare occupations National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes
IRCC accepts work experience under the following NOC codes to qualify for healthcare occupations.
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, 31112
Dieticians and nutritionists, 31121
Education counsellors, 41320
General Practitioners and family physicians, 31102
Instructors of persons with disabilities, 42203
Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment, 31204
Licensed practical nurses, 32101
Massage therapists, 32201
Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations, 33101
Medical laboratory technologists, 32120
Medical radiation technologists, 32121
Medical Sonographers, 32122
Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates, 33102
Nurse practitioners, 31302
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors, 31300
Occupational therapists, 31203
Other assisting occupations in support of health services, 33109
Other practitioners of natural healing, 32209
Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating, 31209
Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment, 32109
Paramedical occupations, 32102
Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants, 33103
Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals, 31303
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, 31301
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists, 32103
Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine, 31100
Specialists in surgery, 31101
Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies, 41301
Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists, 32200
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations NOC codes
Architecture and science managers, 20011
Business systems specialists, 21221
Civil Engineers, 21300
Computer and information systems managers, 20012
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers), 21311
Computer systems developers and programmers, 21230
Cybersecurity specialists, 21220
Data scientists, 21211
Database analysts and data administrators, 21223
Electrical and electronics engineers, 21310
Engineering managers, 20010
Industrial and manufacturing engineers, 21321
Information systems specialists, 21222
Land surveyors, 21203
Landscape Architects, 21201
Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries, 21210
Metallurgical and materials engineers, 21322
Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers, 41400
Software developers and programmers, 21232
Software engineers and designers, 21231
Urban and land use planners, 21202
Web designers, 21233
Web developers and programmers, 21234
Trade occupations NOC codes
Residential and commercial installers and servicers, 73200
Elevator constructors and mechanics, 72406
Machine fitters, 72405
Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics, 72402
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, 72400
Electricians (except industrial and power systems), 72200
Welders and related machine operators, 72106
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers, 72014
Transport occupations NOC codes
These are the codes for transport occupations.
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors, 93200
Transport truck drivers, 73300
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators, 72604
Engineer officers, water transport, 72603
Deck officers, water transport, 72602
Air traffic controllers and related occupations, 72601
Air pilots, flight engineers, and flying instructors, 72600
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors, 72404
Railway carmen/women, 72403
Managers in transportation, 70020
Agriculture and agri-food occupations NOC codes
This group covers the following occupations:
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services, 82031
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors, 82030
Butchers- retail and wholesale, 63201
Kahane Law Offices is Ready to Make Your Immigration Project Happens
If you want to become a permanent resident under one of these new categories-based selections, please call 403-225-8810 or 1-877-225-8817.
Kahane Law Offices has the experience to give you, your family, and your friends the advice needed to increase the chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence, become a permanent resident, and live in Canada.
The content of this article is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute specific legal or professional advice of any kind.