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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
  • Draw Date:  December 19, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 425
  • No. of invitations: 1,000
  • Tie-breaking rule:  November 04, 2023
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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.

Learn more: A Guide to Targeted Express Entry for Skilled Trades Professionals

Here is the list of eligible occupations under this category:

Occupation 2021 NOC Code
Residential and commercial installers and servicers 73200
Elevator constructors and mechanics 72406
Machine fitters 72405
Heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning mechanics 72402
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics 72400
Carpenters 72310
Plumbers 72300
Electricians (except industrial and power systems) 72200
Welders and related machine operators 72106
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers, and services 72014

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:

  • French-language proficiency
  • Healthcare Occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Skilled Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations (including Truck Drivers)
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations

You must also meet all the eligibility requirements for one of the three economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

DateDraw TypeInvitationsCRS Cut-off Score
February 1, 2024French language proficiency7,000365
December 21, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations400386
December 20, 2023Transport Occupations670435
December 19, 2023Trade occupations1,000425
December 8, 2023STEM occupations5,900481
December 7, 2023French language proficiency1000470
October 26, 2023Health Occupations3,600431
October 25, 2023French language proficiency300486
September 28, 2023Agriculture and agri-food occupations600354
September 27, 2023French language proficiency500472
September 20, 2023Transport Occupations1,000435
August 3, 2023Trade Occupations1,500388
August 2, 2023French Language Proficiency800435
July 12, 2023French Language Proficiency3,800375
July 7, 2023French Language Proficiency2,300439
July 6, 2023Health Occupations1,500463
July 5, 2023STEM Occupations500486
June 28, 2023Health Occupations500476
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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.

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