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Transport Occupation (2023-1): Express Entry Draw Invites 975 Profiles For Canada PR

Express Entry Draw 289



1. IRCC held its first transport occupation-based Express Entry draw on March 13.

2. This also marks the 289th Express Entry draw since 2015. 

3. 975 Express Entry profiles having work experience in transport professions –  truck drivers, pilots, aviation mechanical engineers, and seafarers – received invitations to apply for Canada PR. 

4. The qualifying CRS score dropped to 430 points. 

5. So far, IRCC invited upto 40,000 targeted profiles to apply for PR under category-based selections alone. 


Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its 22nd category-based Express Entry draw of 2024. It resulted in 975 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residency (PR). 

Candidates with work experience in any of the listed transport occupations and qualifying under FSWP, CEC, or FSTP, received nominations. 

Further, all the invited candidates are required to have a qualifying score above 430 which is based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). IRCC considered profiles submitted on or before July 31, 2023, at 13:27:26 UTC in case of a tie in the CRS score. 

Listed Occupations Under the Transport Occupations (2023-1) Express Entry Category

To be eligible for this category, candidates must have at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in one of the eligible occupations within the past three years. They must also meet the minimum language and education requirements for Express Entry.

10 transport occupations are eligible for the Transport Occupations (2023-1) category. 

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

Apply for Category-Based Express Entry Draws

Canada plans to admit up to 114,000 new permanent residents each year through Express Entry by the end of 2025. Consider entering the Express Entry pool today to increase your chances of immigrating to Canada

Canada has already held 21 category-based Express Entry draws besides this one. Consequently, candidates under the healthcare occupations (2023-1),  STEM occupations (2023-1), skilled trades (2023-1), Agriculture And Agri-Food Occupations (2023-1), and French-speaking categories received ITAs for Canada PR.   

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. Work Experience: Relevant work experience in eligible transport occupations can earn you points. 

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

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

5. Age: Younger candidates receive more points.

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

You can contact our immigration counselors to learn more about career opportunities in Canada and determine your eligibility for immigration.

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