On December 19, 2023, IRCC issued a total of 1,000 invitations to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry round #276 in the latest Targeted Express Entry Draw for trade occupations. The CRS score of the lowest-ranked candidate invited was 425, suggesting that even those with lower scores have opportunities to immigrate.
This draw marks the second time that trade occupations have been targeted. The first draw took place on August 3, 2023, and saw 1500 invitations issued with a CRS cut-off score of 388. The decrease in invitations from the first to the second draw could be indicative of changing immigration needs or strategies.
Targeted Express Entry Draw for Skilled Trades Occupations
Express Entry Round: #276
Draw Type: Category-Based Targeted for Trades Occupations
Targeted Express Entry for Skilled Trades Occupations
Skilled trade occupations in Canada cover a broad spectrum of fields, requiring specialized knowledge, technical expertise, and practical experience. Skilled tradespeople must qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program to be eligible for consideration in these rounds.
Here is the list of eligible occupations under this category:
2021 NOC Code
Residential and commercial installers and servicers
Elevator constructors and mechanics
Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
Electricians (except industrial and power systems)
Welders and related machine operators
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and services
Eligibility Requirements for Targeted Express Entry Draw in 2023
Sean Fraser, Canada’s Immigration Minister, announced the finalized categories for category-based selection in Canada’s immigration system on May 31. Bill C-19, which was enacted by the Canadian parliament in June, subsequently became law.
The chosen categories for category-based selection are as follows:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
Need Help with Category-Based Targeted Express Entry?
Considering a move to Canada? Our team, led by Mr. Keshav Sharma, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), is here to guide you through the process.
We’re currently offering a comprehensive service package for eligible candidates in the Targeted Express Entry pool. This includes assistance with Express Entry profile submission, document preparation, and personalized consultation with an RCIC.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, feel free to reach out to us. We’re committed to helping you navigate your immigration journey. Stay tuned for more updates.