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Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program

From January 1, 2015, eligible candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Class canada immigration eligibility - canada pr eligibility calculator - canada immigration eligibility(formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program) must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada through the Canada Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.

The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) allows individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian permanent residence in any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must:
  • Have offers of employment from up to two employers in Canada of at least one year duration OR a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body;
  • Provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by the Minister — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
  • Have obtained 24 months of qualified work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years; and
  • Be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general categories of the NOC:

  • Major Group 72: industrial, electrical and construction trades,
  • Major Group 73: maintenance and equipment operation trades,
  • Major Group 82: supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production,
  • Major Group 92: processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators,
  • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks, and
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.

Applicants applying for FSTP must meet the following requirements:

  • Have an offer of employment from two employers in Canada committing to employ the applicant for at least one year. Or have a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body.
    • In Canada, provinces and territories issue certificates of qualification in the skilled trades after assessing the applicant’s training, trade experience and skills.
  • Work experience in a skilled trade for at least 24 months of full-time work or an equal amount of part-time work. (A total of at least 30 hours over a period of one week for two years in the skilled trade within the five years before applying).
  • Meet or exceed the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or required language levels needed for the job.
    • Take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) demonstrating the applicant’s proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and/or French.
  • Intend to work and live outside of the province of Quebec.
  • Education is not a requirement for FSTP however, if the applicant wants to earn points for education in the CRS under Express Entry, the applicant needs to provide:
    • A Canadian High School or Post-Secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
    • A completed foreign credential along with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC.
  • The applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to meet the job requirements of the respective skilled trade as per the NOC requirements.

Once the eligibility requirements are met, the applicant and his/her dependents must undergo medical examination and obtain security clearance.

Use our free service to find out whether you could qualify for this visa. Fill out the assessment form. Make sure that all information provided is authentic in order to make a proper assessment.