What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

Federal Skilled Trades Program  FSTP is an immigration pathway for skilled workers who want to become a Canadian PR based on their qualifications in a skilled trade. It is one of the federal immigration programs that are managed by the Express Entry program, the fastest immigration for Canada PR Visa.

Advantages of applying for Canada PR Visa through FSTP

  • Low CRS score is required with the lowest CRS cut-off for FSTP candidates set at 199 points.
  • With a valid job offer, you also get extra CRS points.
  • Low IELTS score required.

What are the minimum requirements for FSTP?

    • Have a full-time job offer in this skilled trade for a period of at least one year with a maximum of two Canadian employers OR hold a qualification certificate in a skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.Following are the minimum requirements to apply for a Canada PR visa through FSTP:
      • Minimum CLB level 5 is required for speaking and listening; and CLB level 4 for reading and writing.
      • Must have 2 years of minimum work experience in the last 5 years in a skilled occupation.
      • Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification.

    Now, under the required work experience, the following are the NOC groups that are eligible under FSTP:

    • 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 utility supervisors and central control operators.
    • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks.
    • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers.

What is the process to apply for a Canada PR Visa through FSTP?

You can apply for Canada PR Visa through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, by following the below mentioned 7 simple steps:

Step 1  Must make sure of having two years of relevant work experience in a trade that is recognized as a skilled trades by the IRCC.

Step 2  Meet the minimum requirements for FSTP.

Step 3   Create your express entry profile and get submitted into the express entry pool.

Step 4  Receive an ITA in the express entry draw.

Step 5  Submit your application for a PR Visa with the proper set of documents to the IRCC.

Step 6  Application is reviewed by the IRCC.

Step 7  Receive your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) status

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