The first week of July has been a busy one for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry system. With four rounds of invitations, the IRCC has opened doors for thousands of potential immigrants, each round targeting a different group of skilled individuals. Here’s a recap of the week’s activities:

July 4th: A General Draw

The week kicked off with a general draw on July 4th. In this round, 700 invitations were issued, with the rank required to receive an invitation set at 511. This round was open to candidates from all Express Entry programs, offering a broad range of skilled workers the opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

July 5th: A Focus on STEM Occupations

The following day, the IRCC shifted its focus to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In this round, 500 invitations were issued, with a slightly lower rank requirement of 486. This targeted approach reflects Canada’s ongoing commitment to attracting skilled workers in these high-demand fields.

STEM occupations in IRCC’s list are:

NOC NumberOccupation
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
20012Computer and information systems managers
21201Landscape Architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21203Land surveyors
21210Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
21211Data scientists
21220Cybersecurity specialists
21221Business systems specialists
21222Information systems specialists
21223Database analysts and data administrators
21230Computer systems developers and programmers
21231Software engineers and designers
21232Software developers and programmers
21233Web designers
21234Web developers and programmers
21300Civil Engineers
21310Electrical and electronics engineers
21311Computer engineers (except for software engineers and designers)
21321Industrial and manufacturing engineer
21322Metallurgical and materials engineers
41400Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

July 6th: Health Occupations Take Center Stage

On July 6th, the spotlight was on health occupations. In light of the ongoing global health crisis, the demand for healthcare professionals has never been higher. In this round, the IRCC issued 1500 invitations, with a rank requirement of 463. This significant number of invitations underscores the importance of health professionals in Canada’s immigration strategy.

31112 Audiologists and speech language pathologists
31201 Chiropractors
31121 Dieticians and nutritionists
41320 Education counsellors
31102 General practitioners and family physicians
42203Instructors of persons with disabilities
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment
32101Licensed practical nurses
32201 Massage therapists
33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
32120Medical laboratory technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
31302Nurse practitioners
31300Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
31203Occupational therapists
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
32209Other practitioners of natural healing
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
32102Paramedical occupations
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
31202 Physiotherapists
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
32200Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

July 7th: Celebrating French Language Proficiency

The week wrapped up with a round focused on French language proficiency on July 7th. In this round, 2300 invitations were issued, with the rank requirement set at 439. This round highlights Canada’s commitment to promoting bilingualism and the unique opportunities available for French-speaking skilled workers.

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