IRCC Invites 975 Express Entry Candidates in First Transport Occupation Draw of 2024

IRCC Invites 975 Express Entry Candidates in First Transport Occupation Draw of 2024

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently conducted its first transport occupation draw of 2024, inviting 975 Invitation to apply (ITAs) Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian immigration. This draw is part of the regular Express Entry system, which is a popular pathway for skilled workers to obtain permanent residency in Canada.

The required minimum score for candidates required  Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 430.

March 12 saw the issuance of ITAs by IRCC. A general draw was held, with 2,850 individuals invited. The CRS serves as the primary qualifying criterion for a general draw, which takes applicants from all three Express Entry administered programs into account.

The minimum CRS necessary for candidates was 525, which is the lowest minimum CRS for a general draw this year and a fall of nine CRS points from the previous general draw on February 28.

In February, 16,110 individuals were invited via six draws conducted by IRCC. With category-based selection draws for people with high proficiency in French, the month began and ended with these type of drwas. First, on February 1,  7,000 individuals with a minimum CRS score of 365 were invited. The other, which was held on February 29, was open to 2,500 applicants who had a minimum CRS score of 336—the lowest of any draw this year.

What is Category-Based Selection?

Category-based selection refers to the process of selecting candidates for immigration based on specific categories or occupations. In the case of the recent transport occupation draw, the IRCC targeted individuals who have work experience in certain transport-related occupations. This approach allows the Canadian government to address specific labor market needs and ensure that skilled workers in particular industries are given priority for immigration.

By focusing on specific categories, such as transport occupations, the IRCC can streamline the immigration process and match skilled workers with job opportunities in Canada. This targeted approach benefits both the Canadian economy and the individuals seeking to immigrate, as it increases the chances of finding employment in their field of expertise.

IRCC made changes to Post Graduation Work Permits

Upon graduating from a Canadian post-secondary institution, all Candian students gain work permit, hence the work experience required for their degrees by finding employment in Canada. The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is one of the most popular work permits for current graduates.

On January 22, the IRCC declared modifications to the PGWP qualifying requirements. International students enrolled in a private college program that is covered by a curriculum licensing agreement with a public college will no longer be qualified for a PGWP as of September 1.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is an online system introduced by the Canadian government in 2015 to manage applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. It is a points-based system that assesses candidates based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.

The Express Entry system aims to attract skilled workers who can contribute to the Canadian economy and fill labor market gaps. It provides a faster and more efficient way for eligible candidates to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can create an online profile and enter the Express Entry pool, where they are assigned a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on their qualifications.

Regular draws, like the recent transport occupation draw, are conducted by the IRCC to invite candidates with the highest CRS scores to apply for permanent residency. Those who receive an invitation to apply (ITA) have a limited time to submit their application and supporting documents.

Express Entry has proven to be a successful immigration system, attracting highly skilled individuals from around the world. It allows the Canadian government to select candidates who are most likely to succeed in the Canadian labor market and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

In conclusion, the recent transport occupation draw conducted by the IRCC is a testament to Canada’s commitment to attracting skilled workers in specific industries. Through category-based selection and the Express Entry system, the Canadian government can effectively address labor market needs and provide opportunities for individuals to immigrate to Canada. The regular draws ensure that candidates with the highest CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residency, making the process fair and transparent.

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