STEM Express Entry Draw sending 4,500 PR Invitations

STEM Express Entry Draw sending 4,500 PR Invitations

On April 11, the first Express Entry draw of this year happened. The first STEM Express Entry Draw focuses on 24 occupations relevant to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In this draw, IRCC has sent out 4,500 invitations for permanent residency.

It took four months since the last STEM-focused draw happened. In this draw, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score rose to 491 as compared to the previous draw.


Here are some details of the STEM Express Entry draw:


  • Category: STEM occupations
  • Number of invitations issued: 4,500
  • Minimum rank of invitation: 4,500 or above
  • Date and time of draw: April 11, 2024
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked invited candidates: 491
  • Tie-breaking rule: 25th February, 2024.


We expect more focus on candidates from the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) pool in upcoming draws.

Summary 2024 Express Entry Draws

In March 2024, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a total of 7,305 invitations altogether in four draws:


  • March 26, 2024: Targeted draw for profiles with high French proficiency – 1,500 invitations sent with CRS cutoff 388.
  • March 25, 2024: General draw across all programs – 1,980 invitations, CRS cutoff 524.
  • March 13, 2024: Targeted draw for 10 transport occupations – 975 invitations, CRS cutoff 430.
  • March 12, 2024: General draw across all programs – 2,850 invitations, CRS cutoff 525.

STEM Occupations Eligible for Draw

The following 24 occupations are eligible for STEM-targeted draws:


  • Engineering managers
  • Architecture and science managers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Architects
  • Landscape Architects
  • Urban and land use planners
  • Land surveyors
  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
  • Data scientists
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • Business systems specialists
  • Information systems specialists
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Web designers
  • Web developers and programmers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the basic application management system that Canada applies in the following:


  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and 
  • The Canadian Experience Class.


Candidates from all programs are ranked against each other in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), depending on the following factors:


  • Age
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Occupation, and 
  • Language proficiency.


IRCC invites the candidates with the highest collective scores to apply for permanent residency.


The IRCC can process the applications within six months of submission. They usually follow the service standard of IRCC.

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