Canada has issued the very first Express Entry invites to qualified newcomers with STEM experience.

The Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry of Canada announced today that the first STEM round for category-based selection under the Express Entry method will begin the week of July 5.

Candidates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills will be prioritized in this draw, including data scientists, software developers and programmers, mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, and electrical and electronics engineers.

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the country’s immigration agency, it will benefit Canada’s science and technology industry by bringing in the qualified individuals that firms require to drive innovation and reach their development potential.

In the last blog, we addressed the launch announcement of category-based selection for the Express Entry program – a popular point-based pathway for Indians to seek permanent residency in Canada. India is the leading source nation for Express Entry immigrants. 

In 2020, Indian residents received 50,841 invitations to seek permanent residence in Canada, accounting for 47% of all invitations given by the country’s immigration department.

This announcement builds on the recent introduction of the Tech Talent Attraction Strategy and enhances the Canadian government’s efforts to retain and recruit outstanding candidates to solve STEM workforce concerns, according to IRCC.

“Canada’s ability to remain at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is largely dependent on our ability to attract top talent from around the world.” I’m thrilled to share the news of this STEM category-based selection round with my colleague,

Minister Champagne, will make it easier for qualified employees with STEM experience to get permanent residency. “We look forward to welcoming these talented and innovative newcomers to our country,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

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