Migrate as Healthcare worker: Express Entry Category-based Draw

Migrate as Healthcare worker: Express Entry Category-based Draw

Are you looking for a job abroad in the healthcare industry in Canada? Well, this might be your chance to secure a nice and high paying job in Canada with the newly announced Express Entry Category-based draw!

The aim of these draws are to invite eligible candidates from certain occupations so as to fill up the job vacancies. Since there are a lot of jobs available in several industries, it is quite understandable that the country is desperately looking for more and more workers. 

Similarly, in the healthcare sector the number of jobs available are piling up and candidates invited via Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs are not enough. Hence, the need for category based draws arose and now it would be much easier for healthcare professionals to migrate to Canada. 

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Express Entry Category-Based Rounds of Invitations 

Through the newly launched category-based Express Entry draws, Canada aims on inviting selected candidates from particular categories only, as the name suggests. This is because the country is facing severe labor shortages in certain fields of occupations that need immediate workers to fill in the labor gaps. Hence, the need for filling up those job positions is a necessity. 

These draws will focus on certain categories to help accelerate the economy. Workers from these below given categories will be invited in the upcoming draws:- 

  • STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Healthcare
  • Trades 
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food 
  • French Language Proficiency

Healthcare Industry: Job Availability  

The healthcare industry accounts for the highest number of jobs available. The sector is looking for more workers for all sorts of work available, and Canadian employees are not enough. Hence, Canada is heavily depending on immigration to fulfill the labor requirements in the industry. 

Many times, foreign born healthcare professionals find it difficult to immigrate to Canada and practice their profession. This is why, IRCC is working towards finding a way to make it easier for foreign born surgeons, physicians and other professionals to get accreditation. 

If we take a look at the data from 2022 alone, the fourth quarter of the year, there were 143,690+ jobs available in this sector. No other work sector had as many job vacancies open as that of the healthcare sector. 

What is the eligibility criteria? 

The eligibility criteria for the newly made category for healthcare workers are:-

  • Out of the last 3 years, the candidate must have at least 6 months of continuous work experience.
  • They must meet the eligibility requirement criteria of one of the Express Entry program.
  • They need to meet any other requirements that come with the rounds of draws as instructions. 

What are occupations under the Healthcare category?

Below is the list of occupations that are eligible for the Healthcare sector, along with their NOC codes. 

  • Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists- 31112
  • Chiropractors- 31201
  • Dentists- 31110
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists- 31121
  • Education Counselors- 41320
  • General Practitioners and Family Physicians- 31102
  • Instructors of Persons with Disabilities- 42203
  • Kinesiologists and other Professional Occupation in Therapy and Assessment- 31204
  • Licensed Practical Nurses- 32101
  • Massage Therapists- 32201
  • Medical Laboratory Assistants and Related Technical Occupations- 33101
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists- 32120
  • Medical Radiation Technologists- 32121
  • Medical Sonographers- 32122
  • Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates- 33102
  • Nurse Practitioners- 31302
  • Nursing Co-Ordinators and Supervisors- 31300
  • Occupational Therapists- 31203
  • Optometrists- 31111
  • Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services- 33109
  • Other Practitioners of Natural Healing- 32209
  • Other Professional Occupations in Health Diagnosing and Treating- 31209
  • Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment- 32109
  • Paramedical Occupations- 32102
  • Pharmacy Technical Assistants and Pharmacy Assistants- 33103
  • Physician Assistants, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals- 31303
  • Physiotherapists- 31202
  • Psychologists- 31200
  • Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses- 31301
  • Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Perfusionists and Cardiopulmonary Technologists- 32103
  • Specialists in Clinical and Laboratory Medicine- 31100
  • Specialists in Surgery- 31101
  • Therapists in Counseling and Related Specialized Therapies- 41301
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists- 32200
  • Veterinarians- 31103

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