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Express Entry: 1,000 Candidates Invited in Category-Based Draw for Trades Occupations

Austin Campbell



Category-Based Draw for Trades Occupations

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently conducted its second Express Entry draw of the week, extending invitations to 1,000 candidates through a Category-based draw for Trades Occupations.

Express Entry Draw #276 Highlights

  • Draw Details: December 19, 2023, at 14:44:00 UTC.
  • Candidates Invited: 1,000
  • CRS Requirement: 425
  • Occupational Focus:  Trade occupations.
  • Tie-breaking rule: November 04, 2023 at 11:16:58 UTC

The latest draw marked the 40th in 2023, implementing the tie-breaking rule on November 4, 2023, ensuring timely profile submissions for invitation eligibility. Applicants are granted a 60-day timeframe to submit their applications, with processing adhering to the standard six-month timeline.

IRCC’s Express Entry Draws in 2023

The recent draws covered various categories, including STEM, language proficiency, and all-program, demonstrating IRCC’s versatile approach.

  • Last Draw Overview: The recent all-program draw on December 18 granted ITAs to 1,325 candidates, and eligibility required a minimum CRS score of 542.
  • Multiple Draws Last Week: In the last week, IRCC conducted three draws.
  • On December 8, category-based selection draws for STEM occupations invited 5,900 candidates with a minimum CRS of 481.
  • On December 7, a draw for French language proficiency candidates saw 1,000 invitations with a minimum CRS of 470.
  • Another all-program draw took place on December 6, targeting candidates with a minimum CRS of 561, marking the first draw in over a month.
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In 2023, IRCC issued a total of 109,196 ITAs, surpassing the 45,115 invitations extended throughout 2022. Moreover, IRCC issued 114,431 ITAs in 2021, surpassing the 2020 peak. According to immigration targets, Canada aims for 465,000 newcomers in 2023.

Trade Occupations Eligibility Check

To be eligible for this draw, candidates must have a:

  • Minimum of 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience (or an equivalent part-time experience) within the past 3 years.
  • Work in a single occupation is listed in the table below.
  • Gain the specified work experience in either Canada or abroad.
  • Fulfill all the requirements outlined in the instructions for that round.

Key Trade Occupations in Canada 2023

Trade Occupations2021 NOC Code
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics72400
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and servicers72014
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and services72200
Elevator constructors and mechanics72406
Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics72402
Machine fitters72405
Residential and commercial installers and servicers73200
Welders and related machine operators72106

As the year unfolds, IRCC’s Express Entry draws underscore the importance of skilled professionals in contributing to Canada’s economic growth. The latest Category-based draw invitation to trades occupations is a testament to the nation’s openness to talent from various fields, ensuring a vibrant and dynamic workforce.

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