The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is one of three federal programs managed through Express Entry. Foreigners that are qualified in a skilled trade may be eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence on this basis.
Applicants must meet a series of requirements in order to be considered for the FSTP. The initial eligibility assessment requires that the applicant:
The applicant must have completed a minimum of two years working in a specific trade. Additionally, these two years of employment must have taken place within the past five years. The applicant will satisfy this requirement if they have:
FSTP applicants are required to provide evidence of their trade work experience. The trade in which they intend to work must fall within one of the categories listed in the 2016 National Occupation Classification (NOC). The skilled trades that are currently eligible include:
For official definitions of the occupations mentioned above, click here.
Although the FSTP does not require an educational background, having one is considered an advantage. Specifically, applicants have a greater chance of approval if they have obtained:
FSTP applicants are required to take a language proficiency test. The results will reflect whether they have acquired adequate language abilities for them to properly establish themselves in Canada upon immigration.
English and French are the official languages in Canada. The applicant can choose to complete either an English or French proficiency test. They may also opt to both tests in order to increase their chance of approval. The language tests will evaluate the applicant’s abilities in:
Test results must be included in the applicant’s Express Entry profile and must have been obtained within the first two years of taking the test. The applicant may qualify for the FSTP if they acquire at least:
Please note that it is possible for applicants to incorporate their partner (either spouse or common-law) along with their application. The partner who meets the requirements (as seen above) is recommended to fill out the application as the primary applicant.
If you are an employer interested in hiring through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, please contact us for more information.
If you are a candidate who would like to confirm whether you qualify for immigration to Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, please complete our free online evaluation form here.
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