4th draw in a week, this time for agriculture and Agri food occupations.

In December, the IRCC holds a second express entry draw, forcing it to withdraw. In the subject of agriculture and agri-food, draw 278 welcomes 400 additional candidates. This draw has the lowest CRS of all the drawings done this month, with a minimum CRS score of 386.

Express Entry Draw #278

Type of draw: Agriculture and Agri-food occupations (2023-1)

  • Number of invitations issued: 400*
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 400 or above
  • Date and time of round: December 21, 2023 at 14:15:42 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 386
  • Tie-breaking rule: July 06, 2023 at 05:44:14 UTC

Canada’s goal is to significantly expand its economy. These category-specific Express Entry draws are held to attract qualified candidates to fill positions in accordance with the demands of the relevant industry. Their knowledge and experience will benefit the Canadian economy. On May 31, 2023, a category-based selection method was implemented with the aim of facilitating the efficient immigration of competent workers for a particular industry.

Professions Targeted

Occupation2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services820312
Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors820302
Butchers- retail and wholesale632013

Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category Eligibility

To be eligible to apply under the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria of one of the Express Entry streams: FSWP, FSTP, or CEC.
  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad, in a profession targeted for the Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations Category.
  • Meet all the requirements in the instructions for that round.

The IRCC finalized the six new Express Entry draw selection categories on May 31, 2023. Healthcare occupations, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations, Trades occupations, Transport occupations, and Strong French language skills are among the other recently included categories in addition to Agriculture and Agri-food Occupations.

Now, the Express Entry system is designed to offer a more streamlined and effective route for those with knowledge of vital, in-demand fields to enter Canada. Prioritizing the invitation of qualified immigrants with experience in the agricultural and agri-food industries, Canada hopes to fulfill the growing demand for talent and fill important roles that support the development and expansion of the country’s economy.

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