FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM
The FSTP or the Federal Skilled Trades Program allows qualified trades workers to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada in case they have an approved offer of employment from a genuine employer in Canada.
Since, the announcement of the Express Entry program on January 1, 2015, eligible candidates under the Federal Skilled Trades Class (formerly the Federal Skilled Trades Program) must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.
In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must:
Have an offer 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;
Provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold of (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
Have minimum 24 months of qualified work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years; and
Be able to demonstrate they have the necessary skills and experience to perform the essential duties of the occupation.
Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general 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.
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