The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade and is managed through Express Entry (EE) system. If you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you have 60 days to submit your application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processes most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.
HOW THIS PROGRAM WORKS
This program has minimum requirements for skilled work experience and language ability. If you meet the minimum requirements and make an EE profile, you will be placed in the EE pool and your profile will be ranked based on the EE points system. IRCC selects the highest-ranking candidates from the pool and invites them to apply for permanent residence.
- must meet the required language levels for each language ability: writing, reading, listening, and speaking
- have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply. The work experience only counts after you qualified to independently practice the occupation.
- meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification
- have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
Skilled work experience
Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these 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. You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
If you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, there are 2 ways you can do this.
- If you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution, or
- If you have foreign education, you can get points for a completed educational credential, if you have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes from a designated organization showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution
- take approved language tests for writing, reading, listening, and speaking
- get a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.
Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.
Proof of Funds
You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
You must be admissible to Canada.
Where you can live in Canada
You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. When you fill out your profile, IRCC will ask you where you plan to live in Canada. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory. However, if you’re a Provincial Nominee, you must settle in the province or territory that nominated you.
Get assessed by the province or territory
You’ll likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed for your trade. You may also need an employer in Canada to give you experience and training.
To learn more about getting assessed, you should go to the website of the body that governs trades for the province/territory where you would like to live and work. Each website has more details about Certificates of Qualification to work in that province or territory in a specific skilled trade, and what you have to do to get one. If your trade is not regulated by a province or territory, it may be federally regulated (for example, airplane mechanic). You can find out who regulates your trade by visiting the website of the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.
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