On September 20, IRCC extended invitations to 1,000 candidates working in transport occupations, inviting them to apply for permanent residence. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was set at 435.

In addition, on September 19, IRCC issued 3,200 invitations to candidates in an all-program draw, with a minimum CRS score of 531.

September 20 draw marked a significant milestone as it was the first-ever category-based selection draw for Express Entry candidates with work experience in transport occupations. IRCC’s focus on transport occupations is driven by the urgent need to address labor shortages in this sector.

Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez emphasized the importance of the transportation sector, stating, “The transportation sector is crucial to our economy, and if we want to keep things moving, we need to invest in the people that move travelers and transport our goods. With this new initiative, we are helping address a critical skills shortage while also attracting new, talented people to communities across Canada. Truck drivers, pilots, aviation mechanical engineers, and seafarers play a critical role in our economy and Canadians’ lives. Filling vacancies in these professions will boost economic growth and create stronger and more resilient supply chains.”

This summer saw an increased number of Express Entry draws compared to previous years due to the introduction of category-based selection rounds of invitations. However, until this week, no draw had taken place since August 15, during which 4,300 candidates received ITAs in an all-program draw. IRCC has not provided an explanation for the pause in draws.

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