The FST program is the only program that allows people with experience in skilled trades to apply for a Canadian permanent residence. This is one of the 3 fast track immigration programs introduced by the Canadian government to meet the demands of labour shortages of the Canadian workforce in different skilled trades within Canada.
This program is perfect for experienced tradespersons to immigrate to Canada permanently.
Skilled foreign nationals who meet the minimum requirements of the program must submit an Express Entry profile to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Simply submitting an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that a foreign national will receive a Canadian permanent residence. Once you submit a profile you will be awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System - CRS score. Selected candidates who qualify will be send an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence for Canada.
To be eligible for the FST class, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must meet the required language levels for each language ability (writing/reading/listening/speaking). You must meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark(CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for reading and writing. The language test results need to be recognized by the government of Canada. Canada recognizes English and French as its 2 official languages.
- You must have accumulated at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply under this category. All work experience (for which you are claiming points) must be paid for either as wages or commission earned. Any volunteer work or unpaid internships won’t be considered as work experience.
- You must prove that your skills and experience meet the job requirements for that skilled trade, except for needing a certificate of qualification.
- You must have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal governing body. This certificate of qualification (COQ) must be obtained from a transference of qualifications exam written in Canada.
- You must show enough proof of funds to demonstrate financial sustainability for you and your family to settle in Canada unless you have a valid job offer and can legally work in Canada.
Step 1: The first step is to check if you are eligible to apply under FST through Express Entry. Contact us and we will do it for you.
Step 2: Make sure that your trade is recognized.
Step 3: Ensure that you have at least 2 years of qualified work experience in that specific trade.
Step 4: Make sure that you have a valid job offer for at least 1 year from a Canadian employer or a certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian province or territory? You must have at least one of these in order to meet the criteria.
Step 5: Once you have established the fact that you qualify, you need to submit your profile to the IRCC.
Step 6: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence. Pay the applicable fee and receive a CoPR if you get a positive decision from the assessing officer.
Eligible Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under the following groups of the National Occupational Classification (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
Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers
The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, and they are all skill type B.
If you don’t show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, your application will be refused.