Federal Skilled Trade Program
The Federal Skilled Trade Program is one of the three federal immigration pathways that is managed under the Express Entry System. Statistically, nearly half of all immigration programs are welcomed through skilled workers programs, including the Federal Skilled Trades Program. FST acts as a swift option to obtain a Canada PR, through which the applicant can work and settle anywhere in Canada. Like all Express Entry programs (CRS), allowing only the most competitive candidates to apply for a PR.
The FST applicants who do not acquire an arranged employment must have sufficient settlement funds if they enter the Express Entry pool. The claimed funds must be available and transferrable in addition to being debt and liability free. This declaration is made both at the time of FSTP application and while applying for a PR. The funds requirement is claimed depending on the size of the applicant's family:
|Number of family members||Required funds (in CAD)|
|1 (single applicant)||$12,669|
|For each additional family member, add||$3,414|
CIC accepts a maximum of 3000 applications under Federal Skilled Trades Class every year. Eligible trades have two sub-categories:
Following is the list of trades for which maximum of 100 applications is reached or until the total class cap of 3000 applications is reached:
The following list of trade applications shall be accepted until the total class cap of 3000 is reached, with no sub-cap applying:
Step 1. Ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements
The Federal Skilled Trade applicants are required to demonstrate 2 years of full time and (its part-time equivalent if applicable) experience in their specified skill trade.
Demonstrating proficiency in language is also a prerequisite to apply for this program. For English, the recognised test is either IELTS or CELPIP and for French, the applicants need to take TEF. The candidates who can demonstrate language abilities in both French and English gain additional points.
Step 2. Create your Express Entry profile
The applicant should first create an Express Entry profile by providing personal information, work history, and other relevant details along with verified documentation.
The FST applicants don’t have to prove their educational level in order to get into the Express Entry pool. This often becomes a reason why FST candidates have lower CRS points score. If the candidate provides the proof level of education, it can boost his CRS score for up to 150 points in addition to receiving 100 more points for proof of Canadian work experience and language proficiency.
Another way to boost your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for a PR is to get your educational documents verified through ECA (Educational Credential Assessment). Completing your additional work experience or retaking your language test and scoring better results or analysing if your application is more eligible for an Express-entry aligned PNP stream. If you align to an Express Entry PNP stream and your experience or specific skill is in demand in that particular province, you can score up to a 600 bonus points.
Step 3. Receive an invitation to apply
Once the Express Entry application is submitted and you receive an Invitation to Apply, you shall have 60 days to submit a complete application. Invitation to Apply is received when the applicant gets chosen from the Express Entry draws conducted by IRCC.
Step 4. Submit documentations of Medical, Security and other Background checks
Applicants are then screened for medical and police verification check-ups. The medical exam should be conducted with an IRCC recognised medical professional. The police clearance certificate should be submitted from each country where the applicant has lived since the age of 18 for 6 months. This step also includes work related reference letters from previous employers.
All the above documentation should be submitted in the form of an e-application. It is advisable that the applicant gets all these background checks before they receive the ITA as there is a very tight timeline to be followed once you receive the ITA.
Once you submit all the necessary documentation a Canadian immigration officer shall review your e-application and ask if anything else shall be required.
Step 5. Receive your PR confirmation and the PR card
Generally, the processing time taken for a Federal Skilled Trades application is 6 months. After the application is successfully approved, the candidate receives a confirmation and obtains a COPR document. The document is signed and dated by a Canadian officer at a Canadian entry port after the PR is granted.
Once you receive the COPR, you can apply for a PR card, this card is used as a proof of your status in Canada when you travel outside Canada.
To get assistance in preparing an application for a Canada PR book a session with our accredited representatives who can assist you in your immigration goals. Here at Nationwide, we help you assess your chances and guide you at every step of your Federal Skilled Trade Program application.