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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.

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Advantages of applying for Canada PR Visa through FSTP

  • Low CRS score 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?

Following are the minimum requirements to apply for 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
  • 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.

Now, under the required work experience, 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
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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 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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