IRCC invites 670 candidates from Transport Occupations Category

IRCC invites 670 candidates from Transport Occupations Category

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 21 Dec, 2023 | 04:43 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted a new Express Entry draw.

The latest Express Entry draw held on December 20, 2023, issued 670 invitations in a category-based selection draw for candidates with professional experience in Transport Occupations. Invited candidates required a minimum CRS score of 435 to be considered for an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

This was only the second time IRCC held a category-based draw that was targeted at candidates under the Transport Occupations category. The previous such draw was held on September 20, 2023.

Check Your Express Entry Eligibility

Express Entry Draw #277

Type of draw: Transport Occupations (2023-1)

  • Number of invitations issued: 670*
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 670 or above
  • Date and time of round: December 20, 2023 at 15:55:23 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 435
  • Tie-breaking rule: August 30, 2023 at 17:30:21 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

*Invitations to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program may be issued through this round of invitations.

Transport Occupations Category Eligibility

To be eligible to apply under the Transport Occupations Category, you must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria of one of the Express Entry streams: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.
  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad, in one of the 10 professions targeted for the Transport Occupations Category.
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for the invitation round.

Professions Targeted

Occupation 2021 NOC Code
2021 TEER Category
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors 93200 3
Transport truck drivers 73300 3
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators 72604 2
Engineer officers, water transport 72603 2
Deck officers, water transport 72602 2
Air traffic controllers and related occupations 72601
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors 72600 2
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors 72404 2
Railway carmen/women 72403 2
Managers in transportation 70020 0

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Today’s draw is the third of the week. Yesterday, on December 19th, IRCC invited 1,000 candidates with a CRS of 425, in a targeted draw for the Trade occupations category. The day before (Dec 18) 1,325 candidates with a CRS score of 542 were invited in an all-program draw.

This is the second time IRCC has conducted three Express Entry draws in a single week. Just last week, IRCC issued 11,650 invitations across three back-to-back draws.

On May 31, 2023, IRCC finalized six new selection categories for Express Entry draws. Besides the Transport Occupations category, other newly launched categories include, Healthcare, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions, Trades, such as carpenters, plumbers, and contractors, Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Strong French language proficiency.

IRCC has so far conducted 16 invitation rounds under the newly launched category-based selection for Express Entry draws.


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