THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

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The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) under Express Entry is a streamlined immigration pathway specifically designed for individuals with valuable skills and experience in specific trades that are in demand in Canada. This program offers a promising opportunity for skilled tradespersons to apply for permanent residence and immigrate to Canada, provided they meet the eligibility requirements and have the necessary work experience in a designated trade. With a focus on skilled trades workers, the program aims to address Canada’s labor market needs and contribute to its economic growth and development by sending invitations to apply (ITA) to eligible candidates.

By attracting skilled trades workers through the Federal Skilled Trades program, Canada aims to address skill shortages in certain trade occupations and strengthen its labor market. Occupations like maintenance and equipment operation trades or industrial electrical and construction trades are in quite high demand. Moreover, the program recognizes the importance of skilled work experience in various other sectors, such as construction, manufacturing, processing manufacturing, utility supervisors and central control operators, transportation, resources, agriculture, and related production. You can also learn more about the Express Entry programs managed by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and the various streams it offers, including the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, and the Federal Skilled Trades Program

Candidates with a strong Express Entry profile and high CRS scores are chosen from the Express Entry pool and issued invitations to apply for permanent residency through regular draws conducted by the Canadian government. You can calculate your CRS scores using our advanced CRS Calculator. The Federal Skilled Trades program is a part of these Express Entry draws, specifically targeting skilled tradespersons and offering them a pathway to application for permanent residence. Successful applicants receive an invitation to apply from IRCC. Upon fulfilling the additional requirements, including medical exams, police checks, and biometrics collection, they can become permanent residents of Canada, along with their accompanying family members.

All immigration programs managed under the Express Entry system have different eligibility criteria. The programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Thus, the ability to qualify under one of these categories is the first requirement under Express Entry. Applicants are advised to check all the details and Express Entry eligibility requirements for each program to make sure they are eligible for Express Entry. Navigating the Express Entry system can be complex and daunting, but with our team of top-rated immigration consultants by your side, the process becomes much smoother. There are certain ways in which we can help you. First, to get personalized services and answers to all your questions and doubts, you can book a consultation with our seasoned immigration consultants for help and guidance.  Our team is eager to start your journey and get you to Canada! 

Federal Skilled Trades Program Requirements

To be considered for the Federal Skilled Trades program, candidates are required to meet minimum requirements such as:

Skilled Trades Work Experience 

Applicants must have at least 2 years of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in a skilled trade within the 5 years preceding their application. 

The skilled trade that the applicant specializes in must match one of the following national occupational classification (NOC) groups: 

  • Major Group 72 technical/transportation related trades 
  • Major Group 73 general trades 
  • Major Group 82 agriculture and related trades 
  • Major Group 83 trades in natural resources 
  • Major Group 92 utility supervisors 
  • Major Group 93 aircraft inspectors/central operators 
  • Major Group 6320 cooks and butchers
  • Unit Group 62200 chefs 

Job Offer or Certificate of Qualification

Applicants are required to have a valid job offer for the duration of at least the following year or a valid certificate of qualification issued by Canadian authorities. 

A Certificate of Qualification signifies that you’re qualified to work in a specific skilled trade in Canada. This is achieved by passing a certification exam and meeting all the requirements to practice the trade in the province or territory where the certificate is issued. The certificate is granted by either the provincial/territorial body governing trades or a federal authority. It assesses your training, trade experience, and skills to determine your eligibility to take the certification exam.

Language Ability 

You must take an approved language test in English or French that shows you meet the level for writing, reading, listening, and speaking and get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening and CLB 4 for reading and writing. Your test results must not be over two years old when you apply for permanent residence.

Applicants are advised to learn more about the Express Entry eligibility requirements in detail. In case of any specific questions, you can always book a consultation with one of our expert Express Entry consultants

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