IRCC Announces First Category Based Draw – Latest Express Entry Draw 252 under Healthcare Occupations (2023-1) Program

By Vijay Lala



OTTAWA ― The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted the latest Express Entry draw, inviting 500 candidates to apply for permanent residency under the Healthcare Occupations (2023-1) program. This draw offers an opportunity for skilled healthcare professionals to make Canada their new home.

The draw, held on June 28, 2023, at 14:04:34 UTC, saw the issuance of 500 invitations to candidates who have obtained a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 500 or above. The CRS score is calculated based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. The cut-off score for this draw was set at 476, indicating the minimum CRS score required to be eligible for an invitation.

The tie-breaking rule applied for this draw was November 12, 2022, at 12:47:27 UTC. This means that candidates with a CRS score of 476 or above, who submitted their Express Entry profiles before the specified date and time, received an invitation to apply (ITA).

This was IRCC’s first category based Express Entry Draw since the announcement of changes to the Express Entry invitation system.

Healthcare Occupations (2023-1) program is not limited to a specific healthcare profession but includes various occupations within the healthcare sector. This draw is open to candidates who have the required qualifications and work experience in healthcare occupations, such as doctors, nurses, medical technologists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

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

This category based draw allows for invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program. This offers a broader range of opportunities for skilled individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada.

Candidates who have received an invitation to apply in this draw will now have the opportunity to submit their application for permanent residency to IRCC. Ensure that all necessary documents and information are provided accurately and within the specified timeframe to avoid any delays or complications in the application process.

For more information on Express Entry Draw 252 and the specific requirements of the Healthcare Occupations (2023-1) program, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the official IRCC website at Here, they can find detailed information and guidelines to assist them in their application process.

Canada continues to attract skilled professionals from around the world, and the Express Entry system plays a vital role in facilitating the immigration process for these individuals. The IRCC’s regular draws provide opportunities for eligible candidates to make their dream of living and working in Canada a reality while contributing to the country’s diverse and growing healthcare sector.

Vijay Lala is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dual master's degrees in Political Science and Economics, along with a decade of Canadian immigration research experience, have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of immigration law, policy research, and settlement issues. Twitter

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