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The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

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Federal Skilled Trades Program is a well-structured immigration program managed through the supervision Express Entry system (EES).

FSTP always use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank interested candidates against one another, only inviting a few applicants who to applied for Canada PR.

Every year, over half of all immigrants to Canada are skilled workers welcomed through economic programs, including the Federal Skilled Trades program. For qualified candidates, the FSTP can be a quick option for getting Canadian PR, which gives applicants the privilege to work in Canada without fear.

Having an in-depth knowledge of what the Express Entry System (EES) is Paramount when considering FSTP.

What is Express Entry System?

Express Entry System is a platform that is authorized by the body known as Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to send invitations to qualified applicants to make requests for PR.

These applicants have made a request to reside in one of the worlds most beautiful countries (Canada) via signing up for the Express Entry profile online.

Qualified candidates profiles are usually accepted on the Express Entry and they invariably are scored and ranked under the CRS based on personal details given. Federal Skilled Trades Program pool also contains candidates enlisted on the list of Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

IRCC then sends invitations to candidates to apply during its Express Entry draws from the pool. IRCC has in possession the large majority of applications above four months.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program Requirement

Now you have a clearer picture of how Express Entry works and how you enter the pool as an applicant under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, knowing the process — from determining eligibility to getting your Permanent Resident (PR) card.

Having at least two years of relevant experience is necessary

Federal skilled trades applicants are expected to prove two years of full-time work experience in their trade.  You should prove your experience and determine that you have the required experience.

Comprehensive List For Required Trades
  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control, operators
  • Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agricultural production   
  • Chefs and Cooks
  • Teachers and Bakers

Your trade must be on the list.

Check above to make sure that your trade is recognized.

A detailed  medical report, security background checks, and submit an e-application

Applicants are been checked for medical and criminal reasons With your application, you will need to show that you have completed a medical exam with an IRCC-recognized panel physician.

Police background checks each country you have resided in for at least six (6) months since the applicant turned 18 years of age. The electronic application must also include detailed work reference letters from previous employers.

Ensure you meet other eligibility criteria

First criteria

Applicants under the Express Entry programs must provide results from an approved language test taken within the previous two years.

Though educational documents are so important when it comes to FST, an applicant must have certain documentation in order to claim points for education:

Taking a language test is necessary. English or French is a required language applicants needs. English language applicants need to write the IELTS test. For French student applicants, TEF is the only recognized test.

Second criteria

When you have a valid offer from a Canadian employer or a certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian province is required.

Third criteria

Applicants will be expected to submit information about their passport identification.

Sign up an Express Entry profile

When submitting an Express Entry profile, FSTP applicants will be required to provide information from several documents

This step is carried out online on the IRCC website. You are required to provide some personal information such as work history, and some of which must be accompanied with documentation (such as your proof of language ability).

An Improved Profile and Ranking under the CRS

The certificate of education level is not needed to apply to the Express Entry system, FSTP applicants usually have lower CRS scores so many end up being awarded.

By submitting proof of education level, these candidates could receive a massive boost in their score — up to 150 points for the education level itself, plus up to 100 more points in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability.

Applicants who studied outside of Canada may be awarded some extra marks by obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).

FSTP applicants should get an ECA or upload proof of their Canadian education experience in order to maximize their chances of being invited to apply for permanent residence.

Ranking in CRS may also be achieved by completing additional work experience, retaking a language test and getting a better result.

Get an invitation to apply (ITA)

This process brings the most excitement, as it allows you and your family, if applicable, to submit an application for permanent residence. At this point, you will have 60 days to submit a complete application. ITAs are properly issued when IRCC conducts one of its draws from the Express Entry pool.

Electronic-application is reviewed

An immigration officer from Canada will review the submitted e-application and inform y if anything else is required.

You will get the approval of PR status and complete your landing

Over 60 per cent of applications submitted via the Federal Skilled Trades Program are processed in less than five weeks.

When a person gets approved, the individual receives a confirmation of the PR (COPR) file. An official at a Canada port of entry signs and dates this document when Permanent Residence (PR) is given.

Getting your Permanent Residence Card

With a big smile, I extend a congratulatory message to you because at this point you have gotten a confirmation, you can apply for a PR card. when you travel outside Canada, you may use this card as proof of your status in Canada.

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