Express Entry Draw 274 | 5,900 Invited in STEM Category

The second Express Entry draw for STEM workers was just held. Express Entry draw 274 saw a CRS score of 481 and invited 5,900 candidates eligible for category-based selection in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) occupations.

Date of Draw: December 08, 2023 at 03:02:52 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 5,900

Minimum CRS: 481

Program Specified: STEM occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: November 25, 2023 at 09:48:36 UTC

Second STEM Category-Specific Draw

The latest Express Entry draw, number 274, released 5,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada, targeting candidates with a minimum CRS score of 481. This draw was specifically aimed at STEM occupations, meaning that only candidates with work experience in qualifying fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics were eligible for selection.

This week has seen an unbroken sequence of three draws, a departure from the lack of draws during November. The most recent draw focused on assessing proficiency in the French language (2023-1), inviting 1,000 hopefuls. Candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 470 or higher were eligible, and all profiles in the Express Entry pool met this criterion.
When we compare today’s draw with the previous one for the “STEM Occupations (2023-1)” category, which took place on July 5, 2023, where only 500 invitations were issued, and the CRS score was higher (requiring a minimum of 486 points), we observe that the number of invitations in today’s draw is much higher (5,900 issued invitations), even though the score is lower. This indicates that since July, more than 5000 applicants have managed to attain the minimum required score for this category and have successfully met the requirements set by IRCC.

Total count of applicants in the present Express Entry reservoir.

Have acquired a minimum of 6 months of continuous full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in one of the occupations listed in the table below, within the last 3 years.
This experience should have been gained either in Canada or abroad.
Satisfy all the criteria outlined in the instructions specific to the current round.
Comprehensive eligibility information can be found in the instructions provided for each round on the IRCC website.

Total Number of Candidates in the Current Express Entry Pool

The IRCC updates the number of people in the Express Entry pool a few days before an invitation round takes place. Numbers change as new profiles are submitted, profiles expire or are issued an ITA

As of today the composition of the Express Entry pool is:

CRS Score RangeNumber of Candidates

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