IRCC’s First-Ever Express Entry STEM Draw


At Swift Immigration Solutions, we are thrilled to share exciting news from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In their most recent round of Express Entry invitations, a historic milestone was achieved with the first-ever category-based selection draw for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations.

A total of 500 eligible candidates received invitations with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486. This draw comes as no surprise, as IRCC had previously announced the plan for a STEM-specific draw. The move aims to prioritize skilled newcomers with STEM expertise, fulfilling the growing demand for talent in these crucial fields, and fostering Canada’s economic growth and technological advancement.

What to Expect in the STEM Draw

The Express Entry draw specifically targets candidates who fall under eligible occupations in the STEM category. These professionals play a pivotal role in shaping Canada’s future by contributing their expertise to various industries, such as architecture, engineering, data science, software development, and much more. By focusing on STEM professionals, Canada ensures that its workforce remains at the forefront of innovation and remains competitive on a global scale.

Eligible Occupations Under the STEM Draw

The list of eligible occupations for the STEM draw is extensive and includes roles such as architects, computer engineers, cybersecurity specialists, data scientists, electrical and electronics engineers, software developers, web designers, and many others. These professionals possess unique skills and knowledge that enhance the nation’s technological landscape and drive progress.

Category-Based Selection Criteria

The introduction of category-based selection criteria marks a significant shift in the Express Entry system. Alongside the STEM category, other priority areas include healthcare, trades, agriculture, transport, and strong French-language proficiency. IRCC’s selection is based on labor market projections, discussions with partners, stakeholders, provincial, and territorial governments. The aim is to align immigration policies with Canada’s economic priorities and fill labor market gaps effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

For those considering whether they qualify for the STEM draw, it is crucial to understand the criteria:

  1. Express Entry Pool Requirement: Candidates must be in the Express Entry pool through an Express Entry managed program, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.
  2. CRS Score: Category-based rounds of invitations will rank candidates based on their CRS score, and the top-ranking individuals who meet the category requirements will receive invitations. High CRS scores remain essential for consideration in regular all-program or program-specific draws.
  3. Frequency of Draws: IRCC does not follow a specific schedule for Express Entry draws or target a fixed number of candidates through any program or category. Draws occur at the discretion of the Immigration Minister, in line with economic priorities and supporting the French language.
  4. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for one of the five occupation-specific categories, candidates must have at least 6 months of continuous work experience within the past 3 years in a single occupation listed as eligible. Additionally, meeting all the requirements specified in the instructions for each round is essential.

At Swift Immigration Solutions, we strive to provide comprehensive support and guidance to our clients throughout the immigration process. Whether you’re considering the STEM draw or exploring other pathways to Canada, our team of experts is here to assist you every step of the way.

If you believe you qualify for the Express Entry program or any other immigration stream, we encourage you to get in touch with our team to discuss your options. Let’s navigate the journey to your Canadian dream together.

Reach out to us today for personalized assistance and embark on an exciting new chapter in your life with Swift Immigration Solutions.