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Trades Occupation (2023-1): Second Express Entry Draw Invites 1,000 Profiles For Canada PR

Express Entry Draw 276



1. IRCC held its fifteenth category-based Express Entry draw on December 19.

2. This also marks the 276th Express Entry draw since 2015. 

3. 1,000 Express Entry profiles having work experience in trades professions – carpenters, plumbers, electricians, welders, HVAC technicians, contractors, and supervisors – received invitations to apply for Canada PR. 

4. The qualifying CRS score increased to 425 points. 

5. So far, IRCC invited 22,000+ targeted profiles to apply for PR under the new category-based Express Entry draws. 

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its second category-based selection under the Express Entry system for Trade occupations. 

It resulted in 1,000 qualified candidates under FSWP, CEC, or FSTP receiving invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residency (PR). Such profiles require you to have at least six months of work experience in any of the below-listed occupations under the Trades occupation (2023-1). 

Furthermore, all the invited candidates had a qualifying score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) above 425. It is 37 points higher than the previous selection-based draws for trade occupations

IRCC also considered profiles submitted on or before November 04, 2023, at 11:16:58 UTC in case of a tie in the CRS score. 

List of Occupations Eligible for Trades (2023-1) Category-Based Draws

Skilled trades occupations in Canada require specialized knowledge, technical skills, and manual dexterity. Here is a list of eligible professionals and their NOC under the Trades occupation (2023-1) Express Entry category: 

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

There are many benefits to working in a skilled trade in Canada, including high salaries, good job security, opportunities for advancement, and challenging and rewarding work.

To learn more about the opportunities that exist in skilled trades careers in Canada, we encourage you to contact our immigration counselors

Qualifying for Upcoming Category-Based Express Entry Draws

Canada has already held thirteen category-based Express Entry draws besides this one. Consequently, candidates under the healthcare occupations (2023-1),  STEM occupations (2023-1), French-speaking (2023-1), Transport Occupation (2023-1), Agriculture And Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1) categories became eligible.   

This further indicates IRCC’s plan to target more occupation-specific profiles already registered in the federal Express Entry pool soon. 

To maximize your success in qualifying for ITA, you may consider the following assessment criteria

1. Skills: Relevant education/training/skills can earn you more CRS points

2. Language Proficiency: Working proficiency in English or French is crucial

3. Work Experience: Relevant work experience in a skilled trade can earn you points

4. Provincial Nomination: Candidates with prior provincial nominations receive additional CRS points

5. Age: Younger candidates receive more points

6. Arranged Employment: If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn extra CRS points.

You may also boost your chances of qualifying for immigration after consulting a licensed immigration consultant

Claim your free consultation from a regulated Canadian immigration consultant like CanApprove today!

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