Express Entry - Federal Skilled Trades Program
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
How it works!
This program has minimum requirements for: To be eligible, you must
1. meet the required language levels for each language ability
2. have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply
3. meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification
4. have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
Skilled work experience
Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (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.
- Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers
There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, there are 2 ways you can do this.
1. If you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school.
2. If you have foreign education, you can get points for completed foreign credential and an Educational Credential Assessment report from an approved agency showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school.
Proof of funds
You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you
- are currently able to legally work in Canada and
- have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada
How to Apply
Get assessment done. If you have 2 year of experience in trades, get your employer to sign a reference letter
Get the language results, certificates assessed. Enter the pool, the FST draw happens twice a year, sometimes in May and November
If your CRS is high enough, you will get the ITA. Approach us anytime during the process for experienced, error free submission
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