The Canadian government announced plans to introduce category-based selection for Express Entry.

Key Points:

  • For 2023 Express Entry, Canadian authorities will prioritize category-based selection invitations for individuals who have:
    • A strong French language proficiency.
    • Work experience in agriculture, healthcare, STEM professions, transport and trades.
  • A complete list of eligible jobs for the new categories is available on this website.
  • To be eligible for an invitation through a category-based round, individuals must meet all requirements in the instructions for that round.

Additional Information: Canadian authorities will provide more details regarding the timing of invitations for individual categories and how to apply in the coming weeks. More information regarding Express Entry category-based selection is available here.

BAL Analysis: Category-based selection will allow Canada to issue invitations to apply to prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training or language ability. The first category-based invitations to apply are expected to be sent this summer.

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