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Canada’s First STEM Express Entry Draw #293 of 2024 Issues 4,500 PR Invitations

Ashley Shelton



Express Entry Draw #293

In a recent move, the first Express Entry draw #293 of 2024 has given a significant leap forward for candidates in STEM fields. With a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations, this draw has sent out a total of 4,500 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency, marking a promising start to the year for skilled professionals seeking to make Canada their home.

Express Entry Draw #293 Details

  • Category: STEM Occupations
  • Number of Invitations Issued: 4,500
  • Date and Time of Draw: April 11, 2024, at 13:23:42 UTC
  • CRS Score of Lowest-Ranked Candidate Invited: 491
  • Tie-Breaking Rule: February 25, 2024, at 11:55:12 UTC

What Sets This Draw Apart?

This draw represents a significant departure from previous draws, particularly due to its exclusive focus on STEM occupations. In the latest STEM draw (2024-1), 4,500 ITAs were issued, compared to 5,900 in the previous one (Dec 8, 2023). The CRS score requirement rose by 10 points to 491. Even a small CRS score improvement of 10 points can boost your chances of selection.

Stemming from a growing recognition of the importance of these fields in driving innovation and economic growth, this targeted approach aims to attract top talent from around the world to contribute to Canada’s thriving tech and science sectors.

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A Closer Look at STEM Categories

Candidates selected in this draw were specifically chosen from a curated list of NOC codes related to STEM occupations. These include roles ranging from Engineering Managers to Computer Systems Developers, reflecting the diverse and dynamic nature of STEM fields.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the 24 STEM occupations covered in this draw:

NOC CodeOccupation
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 Software Engineers)
21321Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
21322Metallurgical and Materials Engineers
41400Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers

Pathways to Permanent Residency

For candidates aspiring to obtain permanent residency through the Express Entry system, meeting the eligibility criteria is crucial. The selection process evaluates various factors, including age, work experience, education, occupation, and language proficiency.

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To qualify for the STEM category, candidates must fulfill specific requirements, including a minimum of 6 months of continuous full-time work experience in a relevant occupation within the last 3 years, whether acquired in Canada or abroad.

The Express Entry Process

For those considering applying through the Express Entry system, here’s a simplified guide to the application process:

  1. Obtain Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA): Assess the equivalency of your educational credentials to Canadian standards.
  2. Demonstrate English Language Proficiency: Showcase proficiency in English through recognized language tests.
  3. Set Up Your Express Entry Profile: Create a profile outlining your skills, work experience, and other relevant details.
  4. Check Your Eligibility: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for one of the Express Entry programs.
  5. Receive an ITA: If selected, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.
  6. Apply for the Visa: Once you receive an ITA, complete the application process and prepare for your journey to Canada.

As Canada continues to prioritize the recruitment of skilled professionals in STEM fields, candidates with expertise in these areas are presented with unparalleled opportunities to build rewarding careers and contribute to the nation’s innovation ecosystem.

With the first STEM Express Entry draw of 2024 paving the way, aspiring immigrants can embark on a journey towards a brighter future in the Great White North. For the latest updates and insights on Canada’s immigration landscape, stay tuned to Canada Immigration News (CIN). We’re committed to providing you with the information you need to navigate your immigration journey successfully.

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