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Canada Issues 3,750 ITAs to Healthcare Professionals under Express Entry

Published on : July 6, 2024

The third Express Entry draw of the week was exclusively for healthcare professionals.

On July 5, 2024, another round of invitations was held under the Express Entry system. A total of 3,750 invitations were issued. Healthcare professionals were specifically invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. The minimum score cut-off was that of CRS 445 per the Comprehensive Ranking System.

Express Entry is an application management system. Three of the main Canadian immigration programs are managed through Express Entry. Those invited are given 60 days to submit their Canada PR visa application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What are the Express Entry categories for 2024?

The Canadian government introduced category-based selection in Express Entry draws. Each of the selected 6 categories focuses on specific types of immigrants. The categories have been selected as they meet an existing economic goal of the federal government of Canada.

Express Entry categories for 2024 -

  1. Healthcare occupations
  2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) occupations
  3. Trade occupations
  4. Transport occupations
  5. Agriculture and agri-food occupations
  6. French-language proficiency

Which healthcare professions are being targeted in Express Entry draws in 2024?

There are 35 healthcare occupations that come under category-based Express Entry draws.

Express Entry Category-Based Selection | Healthcare Occupations

NOC Code


NOC 31112

Audiologists and speech language pathologists

NOC 31201


NOC 31110


NOC 31121

Dieticians and nutritionists

NOC 41320

Educational counsellors

NOC 31102

General practitioners and family physicians

NOC 42203

Instructors of persons with disabilities

NOC 31204

Kinesiologists and other professional occupation in therapy and assessment

NOC 32101

Licensed practical nurses

NOC 32201

Massage therapists

NOC 33101

Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

NOC 32120

Medical laboratory technologists

NOC 32121

Medical radiation technologists

NOC 32122

Medical sonographers

NOC 33102

Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

NOC 31302

Nurse practitioners

NOC 31300

Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors

NOC 31203

Occupational therapists

NOC 31111


NOC 33109

Other assisting occupations in support of health services

NOC 32209

Other practitioners of natural healing

NOC 31209

Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating

NOC 32109

Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

NOC 32102

Paramedical occupations

NOC 33103

Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants

NOC 31303

Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

NOC 31202


NOC 31200


NOC 31301

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

NOC 32103

Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

NOC 31100

Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine

NOC 31101

Specialists in surgery

NOC 41301

Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies

NOC 32200

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

NOC 31103



With category-based selection, it is much easier for certain Express Entry candidates to get an ITA from IRCC even with a low CRS score. Of the 23 Express Entry draws held in 2024 so far, 10 have been category-based.

To know more, contact Canadian immigration experts at Kansas Overseas. Book your free consultation today.

Topics: Canada




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