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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted two consecutive Targeted Express Entry draws. These draws were specifically designed for French-speaking immigrants and candidates with skilled trade occupations.

On August 2, IRCC held a category-based draw for candidates with French proficiency, issuing 800 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates under this category. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required for this draw was 435. A similar draw for French-speaking candidates had previously taken place on July 12 and July 7.

On August 3, IRCC issued invitations to apply to 1,500 candidates in a targeted category-based Express Entry draw for candidates in skilled trades occupations. The minimum required CRS score for this draw was 388. This draw marked the first-ever category-based selection for trades occupations in Canada.

Targeted Express Entry Draw for French-Language Proficiency

  • Express Entry Round: #260
  • Draw Type: Category-Based for the French Language
  • Draw Date: August 02, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 435
  • No. of invitations: 800
  • Tie-breaking rule: July 31, 2023

Targeted Express Entry Draw for Skilled Trades Occupations

  • Express Entry Round: #261
  • Draw Type:  Category-Based Targeted for Trades Occupations
  • Draw Date:  August 03, 2023
  • CRS Cut-off Score: 388
  • No. of invitations: 1,500
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 07, 2023

Tie-breaking rule: June 07, 2023

Targeted Express Entry for Skilled Trades Occupations

In the category-based rounds of invitations, skilled tradespeople are chosen based on specific criteria set by the Minister to achieve economic objectives. To be eligible for consideration in these rounds, skilled tradespeople must qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

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

The eligible skilled trades for the Targeted Express Entry Draw are as follows:

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
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Eligibility Requirements for Targeted Express Entry Draw in 2023

On May 31, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced the finalization of specific categories for category-based selection in the country’s immigration system.

These categories were developed after the passage of Bill C-19 in the Canadian parliament last June, which later became law.

This significant development empowers the minister to invite newcomers based on particular attributes, such as language proficiency or work experience, rather than solely relying on the overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

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?

If you are a French-speaking individual or someone with skilled trades looking to immigrate to Canada, now is the perfect time to make your move. Our dedicated team is here to provide professional guidance and support, helping you turn your dream of living and working in Canada into a reality.

Meet Mr. Keshav Sharma, a highly qualified Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) with expertise in all aspects of Canadian immigration.

For a limited time, eligible candidates in the Targeted Express Entry pool can take advantage of our comprehensive services starting at just CAD $999. Our tailored package includes the following:

  • Submission of a complete and accurate Express Entry profile and/or PNP Expression of Interest
  • Support with preparing documents in advance in anticipation of receiving an ITA
  • One-on-one ZOOM appointment with an RCIC to discuss your personalized case
  • On-going support from an RCIC throughout the process and even after

Take the first step towards making your dream of living and working in Canada a reality by contacting us here or scheduling a consultation with us today.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting opportunity, and get ready to start a new chapter in your professional life.

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