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Canada Invites 5,900 STEM Candidates under Express Entry

Published on : December 9, 2023

Third round of invitations to be held in three days. A total of 11, 650 invitations issued this week.

Canada has invited another 5,900 candidates under the Express Entry system. Those who receive invitations to apply can go ahead and submit their applications for permanent residence.

Express Entry Draw #274 was held on December 8, 2023. With the latest EE draw, 10,000+ invitations have been issued in three days. This follows on the long pause previously. Before the three consecutive rounds of invitations, Canada had issued invitations at the end of October. No invitations went out in the month of November this year.

The latest Express Entry draw had invitations exclusively for those with experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) occupations. The minimum score required was that of CRS 481.

Express Entry draws are held by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Priority is given to those who create their profiles earlier over those who enter the pool of candidates at a later date. A tie-breaking rule of November 25, 2023 at 09:48:36 UTC was applied.

Who was invited in the latest Express Entry draw held on December 8, 2023?

Invitations were issued to those who -

  1. Were eligible for any one of the three Express Entry programs,
  2. Had experience in any of the STEM occupations,
  3. Had a minimum score of CRS 481, and
  4. Had created their profile before the tie-break applied by IRCC.

STEM-only Express Entry draws are held by IRCC under category-based selection introduced in May 2023. With the latest round, 14 category-based draws have been held so far. This is the second STEM draw of the year. Previously, 500 invitations were issued to STEM occupations in EE Draw #254 held on July 5, 2023.

Am I eligible for Express Entry STEM draws?

Under the Express Entry STEM draws eligibility requirements, you must have at least six months full-time and continuous work experience. The experience must be in any one of the 24 STEM occupations. The work experience could have been working in Canada or overseas.

Additionally, you will have to fulfill all the other specific requirements for that particular draw.

Which STEM occupations are eligible for category-based selection?

24 STEM occupations are eligible for category-based selection. Jobs available in the Canadian labour market are classified based on a unique occupation code given on the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Express Entry Category-Based Selection | STEM Occupations

Occupation Code 


NOC 21200


NOC 20011

Architecture and science managers

NOC 21221

Business systems specialists

NOC 21300

Civil Engineers

NOC 20012

Computer and information systems managers

NOC 21311

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

NOC 21230

Computer systems developers and programmers

NOC 21220

Cybersecurity specialists

NOC 21211

Data scientists

NOC 21223

Database analysts and data administrators

NOC 21310

Electrical and electronics engineers

NOC 20010

Engineering managers

NOC 21321

Industrial and manufacturing engineers

NOC 21222

Information systems specialists

NOC 21203

Land surveyors

NOC 21201

Landscape Architects

NOC 21210

Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

NOC 21322

Metallurgical and materials engineers

NOC 41400

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

NOC 21232

Software developers and programmers

NOC 21231

Software engineers and designers

NOC 21202

Urban and land use planners

NOC 21233

Web designers

NOC 21234

Web developers and programmers


With category-based selection, it is now much easier for STEM and healthcare professionals to migrate to Canada with their families. French language proficiency is also being prioritized by Canada. Transport, agriculture, trade occupations are also in focus.

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