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Who qualifies for the Federal Skilled Trades Program ?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is one of the immigration pathways offered by the Government of Canada for skilled workers who have experience in specific trade occupations.

Skill Trade Classification

Skill trade classification categorizes occupations based on specialized skills and expertise required like construction and manufacturing.

Work Experience

Applicants need at least two years of recent full-time (or part-time equivalent) work experience in a skilled trade acquired after obtaining the necessary qualifications.

Pathway to PR

Successful applicants under the FSTP may be granted permanent residency in Canada, allowing them to live and work anywhere in the country.

Language

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French through designated language tests approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Certification

Applicants must have either a valid job offer from a Canadian employer for at least one year a certification issued by a Canadian provincial in their skilled trade.

Admissibility

Applicants must meet Canada's immigration standards, including passing medical exams, security checks, and background screenings, to be eligible for permanent residency.

FST & Express Entry

FST stands for Federal Skilled Trades Program, which is an immigration pathway offered by the Government of Canada for skilled workers with experience in specific trade occupations. The program aims to address labor shortages in certain trades across Canada by facilitating the immigration process for individuals with relevant skills and experience.

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Federal Skilled Trades Program FSTP

By prioritizing skilled tradespeople, Canada ensures the sustained development of key industries while enriching its workforce diversity. This program also aligns with Canada’s commitment to attracting and retaining top talent, contributing to its reputation as a global leader in immigration and economic innovation.

Federal Skilled Trades Services

It provides a streamlined pathway to Canadian permanent residency for skilled tradespeople, contributing to
the country's diverse and dynamic workforce.

Consultation and Assessment

Personalized consultations are offered to assess eligibility for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). Comprehensive assessments are conducted to evaluate applicants’ qualifications and suitability.Eligibility criteria are clarified, and any questions or concerns are addressed during consultations. Applicants receive tailored advice to optimize their chances of a successful immigration process.

 

Application Preparation

Application preparation services ensure thorough and accurate completion of FSTP documentation. Assistance is provided in compiling necessary materials and meeting program requirements. Applicants receive guidance on filling out forms, ensuring compliance with immigration standards. Application timelines and submission procedures are clarified for a streamlined process. Our team ensures that all application components are properly organized and submitted for optimal outcomes.

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Documentation Assistance

Documentation assistance ensures applicants gather all required paperwork for FSTP applications. Guidance is provided on the collection, organization, and submission of necessary documents. Our experts help applicants navigate the complexities of document requirements, ensuring compliance. Assistance extends to verifying document authenticity and accuracy to meet program standards. With our support, applicants can confidently present a comprehensive and well-prepared documentation package for their FSTP application. 

 

Job Placement Support

Our job placement support connects skilled tradespeople with potential employers in Canada. We facilitate networking opportunities and job interviews to secure employment offers. Guidance is provided on crafting resumes and cover letters tailored to Canadian employers’ expectations. With our support, applicants can secure the necessary job offers required for their FSTP application.

 
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Settlement Services

Our settlement services provide comprehensive support for successful FSTP applicants transitioning to life in Canada. We offer orientation sessions to familiarize newcomers with Canadian culture, norms, and community resources. Assistance is available for finding suitable housing, accessing healthcare services, and enrolling in education programs for families. Our team offers ongoing support to address any challenges or questions that may arise during the settlement process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility criteria include having at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the past five years, a valid job offer in Canada for a minimum of one year (or a certificate of qualification), language proficiency, and meeting admissibility requirements.

Job offers can be obtained by applying directly to Canadian employers or through job search platforms and recruitment agencies. Networking and showcasing your skills and experience to potential employers can also increase your chances of securing a job offer.

The FSTP covers various trade occupations classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, including but not limited to electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, and heavy equipment operators.

Yes, language proficiency is required for the FSTP. Accepted language tests include the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for English and the TEF  for French.

Processing times for FSTP applications vary depending on various factors such as the volume of applications, completeness of documentation, and individual circumstances. Generally, processing times can range from several months to over a year.

To find out if you meet the basic requirements of this visa