Second express entry draw in a month with CRS score of 425

1,000 invitations were sent out in a category-based selection draw for individuals with professional expertise in trade occupations in the most recent Second Express Entry draw, which took place on December 19, 2023. A minimum CRS score of 425 was necessary for invited candidates to be evaluated for an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency.

The IRCC held a category-based draw specifically for candidates in the Trade Occupations category just twice. This kind of draw was done previously on August 03, 2023.

Second Express Entry draw #276
Type of draw: Trade Occupations (2023-1)

Number of invitations issued: 1,000*
Rank required to be invited to apply: 1,000 or above
Date and time of round: December 19, 2023 at 14:44:00 UTC
CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 425
Tie-breaking rule: November 04, 2023 at 11:16:58 UTC

If many candidates have the lowest score, the cut-off is determined by the time and date on which their Express Entry profiles were submitted.

*This round of interviews may result in invitations to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Program.

Qualification for Trade Occupations

To be qualified for the Trade Occupations category, you have to:

Have a minimum of six months of full-time, uninterrupted work experience in a trade occupation that falls within the Trade Occupations category, either in Canada or overseas, during the last three years.

Meet every prerequisite listed in the round’s instructions.

List of Occupations Eligible for Trades (2023-1) Category-Based Draws

Skilled trades occupations in Canada require specialized knowledge, technical skills, and manual dexterity. Here is a list of eligible professionals and their NOC under the Trades occupation (2023-1) Second Express Entry draw category: 

Occupations2021 NOC Code2021 TEER Category
Residential and commercial installers and servicers732003
Elevator constructors and mechanics724062
Machine fitters724052
Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics724022
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics724002
Electricians (except industrial and power system)722002
Welders and related machine operators721062
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers720142

There are many benefits to working in a skilled trade in Canada, including high salaries, good job security, opportunities for advancement, and challenging and rewarding work.

To learn more about the opportunities that exist in skilled trades careers in Canada, we encourage you to contact our immigration counselors. 

To maximize your success in qualifying for ITA, you may consider the following assessment criteria.

1. Skills: Relevant education/training/skills can earn you more CRS points

2. Language Proficiency: Working proficiency in English or French is crucial

3. Work Experience: Relevant work experience in a skilled trade can earn you points

4. Provincial Nomination: Candidates with prior provincial nominations receive additional CRS points

5. Age: Younger candidates receive more points

6. Arranged Employment: If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer, you can earn extra CRS points.

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