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Latest Express Entry Draw 264

The Express Entry (EE) organizes and processes applications for people who wish to immigrate to Canada and acquire Canadian permanent residence. Express Entry is not an immigration by itself, rather it’s an online system that manages applications sent to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) department. The system manages three Canadian immigration programs:

Candidate profiles under the Canadian Express Entry system are ranked against each other according to a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The candidates with the highest ranking scores in the Express Entry draw will be considered for an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence.

These invitations are issued by the federal government on a regular basis.

First-Ever Transport Occupations Category-Based Selection Draw


The IRCC issued 1000 invitations to applicants in the Express Entry draw 264. Applicants having a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System Score (CRS) of 435 received an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

This is the first-ever Transport occupations category-based Express Entry Draw. It is designed for candidates with transportation experience, such as Commercial truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers, among others. Find out if your occupation is eligible for the Transport category-based EE draw. 

This is the second EE draw in September and the first category-based draw in a month. When compared to yesterday’s draw, which was an all program express entry draw that invited 3200 candidates for permanent residence, today’s draw CRS cut-off score is 96 points lower

The last category-based draw was held August 03. It was a Skilled Trades occupation category-based draw that issued ITA’s to 1500 candidates and the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System Score was 388. When today’s draw is compared to this draw, today’s CRS score is 47 points higher.  Express Entry draws were on break for a month but no information was provided by IRCC for the break. 

Eligibility for Transport Occupations Category-Based Draws

To be eligible for the Transport Occupation Category-Specific Express Entry Draw, an individual must:

  • have accumulated, continuous work experience in Canada or abroad, in the past 3 years, at least 6 months of full-time or an equal amount of part-time work experience in the following occupations.
  • meet all of the requirements in the instructions for that round.

Find out if your occupation is eligible for Transport category-based draw.

Do i have a higher chance to immigrate to Canada through Category-based Draws?

Yes, candidates in the express entry pool have a higher chance to move to Canada through category-based draws because the minimum CRS score in the selected categories can probably be lower than in all-program daws.

Draw Date Program No of Issued ITA MIN CRS
264September 20 ,2023Transport Occupations1000435
263September 19, 2023All Programs3200531
262August 15, 2023All Programs4300496
261August 03, 2023Category-Specific1500388
260August 02, 2023Category-Specific800435
259August 01, 2023All Programs2000517
258July 12, 2023Category-Specific3800375

What are Express Entry Category-Specific Draws

Express Entry category-based draws / occupation-specific draws are express entry draws that enable the IRCC to issue Letter Invitation to Apply (ITA) to candidates with talents, skills and jobs that are most in demand in Canada. 

There are six new categories for which candidates may be eligible:

  • Healthcare
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions
  • Trades such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors
  • Transport
  • Agriculture and agri-food
  • Strong French-language proficiency

Additionally, category-specific draws can be helpful to candidates because the cut-off score in the selected categories can probably be lower than in all-program daws.

Applicants must have completed at least six months of continuous employment in one of the listed occupations within the previous three years in order to qualify under the category-specific categories. You can obtain this experience in Canada or abroad.

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