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Now, truck drivers can apply for Express Entry.

Truck drivers are in short supply in Canada as a result of widespread layoffs and an aging labor force.

16 additional professions are now eligible for Express Entry, according to the NOC 2021 published last week by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). One of them is truck driving because there is a severe labor shortage in the industry. The National Occupation Classification (NOC) system in Canada has undergone a change called NOC 2021.

Shortage of truck drivers in Canada:

The industry is experiencing a severe lack of competent personnel as a result of a number of issues, including high retirement rates and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second quarter of 2021, there was 18,000 open employment in the Canadian truck driver industry, according to the 2021 Labour Market Snapshot of Trucking HR Canada.

Because trucking is such an important part of Canada's supply chain, labor shortages and other disruptions have a significant effect on the country's economy.

According to the research, the trucking and logistics sector in Canada transports goods worth over $850 billion to both domestic and international markets. The Forest Products Association of Canada calculated that the industry was already losing $450 million in productivity because of the truck driver shortage even before the global epidemic started.

Using Express Entry to enter Canada:

For skilled workers, Express Entry programs are the most popular immigration routes. The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) all collaborate with this application management system to speed up the processing of skilled worker applications for permanent residence.

The NOC gives IRCC the information it needs to identify a person's vocation and the necessary level of training or experience. The NOC 2016 gave special attention to whether a role was NOC 0, A, or B. (managerial to skilled trades). Instead, the NOC 2021 has implemented a system that is based on a candidate's education, experience, training, and responsibilities (TEER).

Applying with Express Entry:

The prospective applicants must first determine for themselves whether they qualify for an Express Entry program.

After that, they must pass a language test and acquire any required Education Credential Assessments. Following completion of these, uploading a profile to the IRCC website, and waiting for a response are the next steps. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), a points-based system used by Express Entry, ranks candidate profiles. Your application will receive a score and be compared to every other applicant in the pool.

The highest-scoring applicants are given the Invitation to Apply (ITA), after which they can submit a permanent residency application. A candidate has 60 days from the time they receive an ITA to submit a complete application to IRCC.

Within six months of receiving the final application, IRCC aims to complete 80% of all Express Entry applications.

For candidates applying from abroad using Express Entry, the FSWP is the most well-liked program. It is intended for professionals who meet specified standards for language proficiency, professional experience, and international education.

The minimal requirements are a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 7, one year of job experience, proof of finances, and proof of education. Additionally, you must score at least 67 out of 100 on the FSWP points grid.


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