Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) applications are evaluated based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada. Competent candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program must exhibit expression of interest in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.

The FSTC permit candidates 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 for the FSTC

  • Applicant 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.
  • Applicant must furnish proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, indicating that the applicant meets the minimum brink set by the Minister — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing.
  • Applicants must have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience in the skilled trade in the five years prior to applying.
  • Applicants must be able to manifest the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general Skilled Trades 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.

FSTC applicants must plan to stay outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers through a different immigration system.

FSTC and Express Entry

The FSTC is among the  three programs managed by the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system. This implies that in order to start the processof  immigrating to Canada as a tradesperson,  applicant must first create an online Express Entry profile to get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and become ranked against other candidates in Express Entry pool.

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