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Truckers: You can be eligible for Express Entry in Canada

Trucking plays an invaluable role in Canada’s economy. Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing a shortage of skilled, qualified truckers. This shortage has led to empty grocery store shelves, shipping delays and increased prices across the country.

To reduce this shortage, the Canadian government is now making immigrant truck drivers eligible for Express Entry.

What is changing?

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is transitioning to an updated version of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) system. This system makes truck drivers and other occupations eligible for an expedited pathway to permanent residence in Canada. 

Skilled workers eligible for Express Entry fill out a profile online and then apply for permanent residence. Those in this program can have their claim processed in six months or less. 

What do candidates need to do?

To take advantage of this change, parties must ensure they are eligible. A person’s eligibility depends on which skill type category a candidate fits into, which includes:

  • Federal skilled trades program
  • Federal skilled worker program
  • Canadian experience program

Depending on the category, a person will need to meet specific criteria regarding:

  • English or French proficiency
  • Type of work experience
  • Length of work experience

There may also be standards regarding education or job offers unless a person is eligible under the Canadian experience class.

Who else is eligible?

Truck drivers are just one of more than a dozen occupations that are now eligible for Express Entry. Some of the other groups include:

  • Assistant school teachers for elementary and secondary schools
  • Bailiffs and sheriffs
  • Correctional officers
  • Aestheticians
  • Pest controllers
  • Bus drivers
  • Dental assistants
  • Heavy equipment operators

If you work in any of these occupations and are interested in an expedited pathway to permanent residence in Canada, exploring your options for Express Entry can be crucial. 

When it comes to immigration for skilled workers, time matters. The faster you are able to get through the process, the easier it can be for you to focus on your work and your future in Canada.