Canadian Visa Information

FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM?

Individuals with Skilled Trades are in high demand in Canada. Tradespeople have their own Canada Visa class; the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP). The FSTP is a Permanent Residence Visa for Canada that can lead to Citizenship for you and your family. The Federal Skilled Trades Program is administered by the Express Entry Application System.

 

Invitations to apply are made in separate “offer rounds” because trade applicants are in their own pool of applicants. This Federal Skilled Trades pool issues invitations to apply to applicants with lower CRS scores than other Canada Visa types.

 

Many people don’t realize there are separate offer rounds for Trades at lower CRS scores. They get disheartened and then don’t apply as they think their application won’t be good enough. This is a mistake of comparing their Trades score with a Federal Skilled Worker score. If you are a qualified Tradesperson, you are in demand in Canada for Migration.

Key Points

 
  • Be a qualified tradesperson
  • Have a minimum two years full-time work experience during the past five years
  • Have basic English or French Language Skills
  • Secure a formal job offer OR;
  • Get your International Trade Qualifications Converted into the Canadian Equivalent
  • Submit an Express Entry Application
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Background Checks
In order to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING THRESHOLD CRITERIA

OCCUPATION

APPLICANTS MUST NOMINATE AN ELIGIBLE OCCUPATION FROM 90 SKILLED TRADES, AND HAVE THE RELEVANT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

LANGUAGE

APPLICANTS MUST DEMONSTRATE A WORKING LEVEL OF ENGLISH OR FRENCH LANGUAGE ABILITY BY TAKING AN ACCEPTED ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTS E.G IELTS

AGE

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT TO IMMIGRATE TO CANADA ON THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM WHICH MAKES IT AN ATTRACTIVE OPTION

WITH JOB OFFER

APPLICANTS WITH A FORMAL JOB OFFER FROM A CANADIAN EMPLOYER FOR WHICH THEY ARE QUALIFIED WILL TYPICALLY RECEIVE THEIR FEDERAL SKILLED WORK PROGRAM VISA

WITHOUT JOB OFFER

APPLICANTS MUST HOLD A SKILLS ASSESSMENT IN THEIR TRADE. THE PROCESS OF SKILLS ASSESSMENT CONVERTS THEIR INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE TO THE CANADIAN EQUIVALENT

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU WILL NEED TO PASS POLICE BACKGROUND AND MEDICAL CHECKS TO BE ELIGIBLE TO MIGRATE TO CANADA ON THE FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

You must meet the required language levels in either English or French for each language ability with the following minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Scores:

 

  • Writing – achieve a CLB level 4
  • Reading – achieve a CLB level 4
  • Listening – achieve a CLB level 5
  • Speaking – achieve a CLB level 5

 

The FSTP Visa does not require advanced language skills, just enough to be be able to converse and do the job. However, even though only the minimum mark is required to submit your express entry application, you should aim to do the best you can in the tests.

Have a minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in your skilled trade within the past 5 years

 

  • Your work experience must be for paid work
  • Your work experience must have been after you qualified to independently practice the trade
  • Any work you completed while training or as an apprentice does not qualify to be counted

Applicants for the Federal Skilled Trades Program visa to Canada must have a qualifying Canadian job offer OR a “certificate of qualification” from one of the provinces or territories where they want to live and work in Canada.

The process of Challenging a Trade for Canada is known as ‘Skills Assessment’. It is a substitute to the Job Offer requirement.

 

The process of getting your International skills, experience, and qualifications verified in Canada serves three purposes:

 

  • A positive skills assessment enables you to claim the requisite points; for the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

 

  • A positive skills assessment also doubles as your Canadian qualification: having your Trade skills assessed means you will be qualified to work as an in Canada from day one.

 

  • Because your Skills Assessment gives you a Canadian Qualification it makes finding a job easier

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is not a requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

 

However, there is potential to receive more points toward Canadian immigration on the Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) with an ECA.

 

The optional ECA is an assessment of an applicant’s educational credentials against the Canadian equivalent.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program Visa process takes around 12-14 months from start to finish.

 

Once your Visa is granted you have up 12 months to activate your visa which is done the first time you pass through Canadian Immigration. You can then return home or live outside Canada for up to 3 years although most applicants want to move their life as soon as possible.

The FSTP is a Permanent Residence Canada Visa. You and your immediate family can:

 

  • Live and work in Canada
  • Access Healthcare
  • Access Free Education
  • Enter and leave Canada whenever you choose
  • Start a Business
  • Sponsor other Family members
  • Get Canadian Citizenship