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Express Entry Draw 277 | 670 Invited in Transport Occupations

Published on: December 20th, 2023
The latest Canadian Express Entry draw was just held. Express Entry draw 277 saw a CRS score of 435 and invited 670 candidates in Transport occupations category draw.


Express Entry Draw 277

Date of Draw: December 20, 2023 at 15:55:23 UTC

Number of Invitations Issued: 670

Minimum CRS: 435

Program Specified: Transport occupations (2023-1)

Tie-breaking rule: August 30. 2023 at 17:30:21 UTC

Do you qualify for Express Entry?

Canada’s Express Entry system went on a significant transformation during 2023, providing an expedited and targeted pathway for individuals possessing invaluable work experience in critical fields.

In a pioneering move, Canada unveiled its commitment to inviting skilled newcomers with a background in transport occupations, with the primary objective of addressing the rising demand for talent in this sector and filling vital positions that contribute to the nation’s economic growth and advancement.

Under this innovative category-based selection approach, Canada reinforced its commitment to attracting top-notch global talent while simultaneously addressing the pressing need for transport workers to bolster the economy. These category-based selection rounds were conducted throughout the year, running in parallel with the general and program-specific invitation rounds.


Second Category-Specific Draw for Transport Occupations

This focused strategy aims to identify and invite candidates with significant experience in the transport sector, including diverse roles such as commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers. By creating a dedicated category for transport occupations, Canada aims to facilitate the influx of the skilled talent needed to support this critical industry on a national scale.

The first round of invitations for individuals with experience in transport occupations through category-based selection in Express Entry would was issued on September 20 of 2023. The #264 draw, issued 1,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of 435.

The previous draw was published yesterday, and it was a Trade occupations (2023-1) draw, which invited 1,000 candidates, the CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited was 425. This means that all profiles in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 425 or higher could qualify.

Transport Occupations Category Eligibility

To be eligible, you must

  • Have accumulated, within the past 3 years, at least 6 months of full-time, continuous work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a single occupation listed in the table below.
  • Experience gained in Canada or abroad
  • Meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round
  • Full eligibility details will be available in the instructions for each round.

What Are the Eligible Transport Occupations for This Category?

Occupations2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors932003
Transport truck drivers733003
Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators726042
Engineer officers, water transport726032
Deck officers, water transport726022
Air traffic controllers and related occupations726012
Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors726002
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors724042
Railway carmen/women724032
Managers in transportation700200

Will Express Entry Still Hold All-Program Draws?

Yes, Express Entry will hold different types of draws throughout the year, not just category-based draws. There will be 3 types of rounds:

  1. General round of invitations: General rounds of invitations invites the top-ranking candidates in the Express Entry pool who are eligible for 1 of the 3 Express Entry Programs. The 3 programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  2. Program-specific rounds of invitations: Program-specific rounds invite the top-ranking candidates who are eligible for a specific Express Entry program. For example, the IRCC often has draws specifically for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), where only candidates who are eligible for a PNP are invited.
  3. Category-based rounds of invitations: The Minister of Immigration will establish specific categories to meet specific economic goals across Canada. Once the categories are established, the top-ranking candidates in the pool who are eligible for this category will receive an invitation.

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Previous Express Entry Draws

Check here the full list of the Express entry draws that were held during 2023:

DrawDateCategoryNumber of ITAsCRS Cut OffTie-Breaking Rule
297May 31, 2024Canadian Experience Class3,000522March 19, 2024 at 18:58:58 UTC
296May 30, 2024Provincial Nominee Program2,985676January 19, 2024 at 18:32:21 UTC
295April 24, 2024French language proficiency1,400410April 07, 2024 at 02:06:46 UTC
294April 23, 2024General2,095529November 08, 2023 at 17:50:29 UTC
293April 11, 2024STEM occupations (2024-1)4,500491February 25, 2024 at 11:55:12 UTC
292April 10, 2024General1,280549March 21, 2024 at 03:37:24 UTC
291March 26, 2024French language proficiency 1,500388March 10, 2024 at 20:06:26 UTC
290March 25, 2024General1,980524February 25, 2024 at 14:42:38 UTC
289March 13, 2024Transport occupations 975430July 31, 2023 at 13:27:26 UTC
288March 12, 2024General2,850525March 12, 2024 at 15:56:42 UTC
287February 29, 2024French language proficiency 2,500336January 18, 2024 at 09:15:46 UTC
286February 28, 2024General1,470534January 16, 2024 at 03:51:05 UTC
285February 16, 2024Agriculture and agri-food occupations 150437January 29, 2024 at 03:32:58 UTC
284February 14, 2024Healthcare occupations 3,500422January 30, 2024 at 02:39:54 UTC
283February 13, 2024General1,490535February 11, 2024 at 15:26:56 UTC
282February 1, 2024French language proficiency 7,000365September 08, 2023 at 09:47:27 UTC
281January 31, 2024General730541July 15, 2023 at 10:52:08 UTC
280January 23, 2024General1,040543January 21, 2024 at 07:43:47 UTC
279January 10, 2024General1,510546December 31, 2023 at 18:23:22 UTC

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