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On September 20, 2023, in its most recent Express Entry draw, Canada issue 1,000 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). These invitations were issued to candidates having work experience in Transport occupations with an active Express Entry profile and a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 435 or higher. Eligible candidates hailed from various immigration streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades, and Provincial Nominee Program.

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Express Entry Draw

Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry System (September 20, 2023)

On September 20, 2023, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Marc Miller, issued the Ministerial Instructions Respecting Invitations to Apply for Permanent Residence under the Express Entry System. These instructions are issued in accordance with specific sections and provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and aim to define the eligibility criteria, categories, and procedures for issuing invitations to foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in Canada through the Express Entry System.

Category Establishment:
“Transport occupations (2023-1)” category is established for ranking purposes for this draw

Eligibility for Category Membership:
An eligible foreign national may become a member of the category established in section 2 if they meet the following conditions:

  1. Accumulated at least six months of full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in one of the occupations specified in the table provided in these instructions.
  2. During this work experience, performed the actions described in the lead statement for the occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification.
  3. During this work experience, performed a substantial number of the main duties of the occupation as set out in the occupational descriptions of the National Occupational Classification, including all essential duties.

However, it’s important to note that an eligible foreign national will not be considered a member of this category if their work experience does not fall within the three-year period preceding the date when their application for permanent residence is received.

Table of Occupations:
The specific occupations that qualify for membership in the “Transport occupations (2023-1)” category are detailed in the table provided, including their National Occupational Classification unit group code and title.

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

Exclusion of Unauthorized Work:
Periods of unauthorized work in Canada are not to be included when calculating work experience for eligibility in this category.

Grouping for Ranking:
A grouping of eligible foreign nationals is established for ranking purposes, comprising individuals who are eligible to be members of the category defined in section 2.

Economic Goal:
The Minister’s objective in establishing the category in section 2 is to contribute to Canada’s long-term economic success by enhancing the responsiveness of federal skilled immigration to the labor market.

Invitations may be issued during the period from September 20, 2023, to September 21, 2023.

Invitations — Number:
A total of 1,000 invitations may be issued to eligible foreign nationals within the grouping established in section 5.

Invitations — Required Rank:
Invitations will be extended to eligible foreign nationals who rank among the first 1,000 eligible foreign nationals in the group ranking.

These Ministerial Instructions provide clear guidelines for the establishment of a specific category, eligibility criteria, and the issuance of invitations for permanent residence under the Express Entry System. They are designed to align immigration policies with Canada’s economic goals and labor market needs, facilitating the entry of skilled individuals who can contribute to the nation’s long-term success.


List of previous draws

#DateRound typeInvitations issuedCRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited
263September 19, 2023No Program Specified3,200531
262August 15, 2023No Program Specified4,300496
261August 3, 2023Trade occupations (2023-1)1,500388
260August 2, 2023French language proficiency (2023-1)800435
259August 1, 2023No Program Specified2,000517
258July 12, 2023French language proficiency (2023-1)3,800375
257July 11, 2023No Program Specified800505
256July 7, 2023French language proficiency (2023-1)2,300439
255July 6, 2023Healthcare occupations (2023-1)1,500463
254July 5, 2023STEM occupations (2023-1)500486

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