Canada’s Federal Skilled Trades Program Applications

Are you considering the opportunity to join the Canadian workforce through an application to the Federal Skilled Trades Program? It is an incredible chance for those who want to become permanent residents of Canada, based on your qualifications in a skilled trade.

If this is the direction you want to take your career, give consideration to hiring a dedicated immigration lawyer who can help you through the process. Currently, there are reported backlogs for this application and a skilled immigration lawyer can help you avoid such delays. Between January 2, 2013 and January 1, 2014 the Canadian government will accept no more than 3,000 applications, and as few as 100 for specific skilled-trade areas. This only stresses the importance of working with an immigration lawyer to ensure that your application has been completed correctly, and timely.

Requirements For Applying To The Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Intend on living outside the province of Quebec,
  • Meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening),
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply,
  • Meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and,
  • Have an offer of full-time employment (30 hours of work over a period of one week) for a total period of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body.

National Occupation Classification (NOC) requirements

In total, the Canadian government has divided FSTP applications from ‘Major Groups’ into 43 skilled job categories. When making an application, it is important that you select the correct programs, attaching the required credentials specific to that job category. This can be difficult and confusing but can be assisted with the experience of a Canadian immigration lawyer.

Skilled Trades currently eligible for the FSTP are organized under these major groups 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, and
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators.

Language Testing For The Federal Skilled Trades Program

You must show you meet the minimum requirements in English or French for each of the four language abilities: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These language tests are carried out by organizations approved by the CIC. Their results must be included in your application.

Inadmissibility For The Federal Skilled Trades Program

Some applications may be deemed inadmissible simply due to certain factors such as the applicant’s criminal record, their country’s human rights record, or affiliations with organized crime. Other factors also include national security concerns, health, or financial reasons.

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Making a successful application for the Canadian Federal Skilled Trade program is a complex and lengthy process. Furthermore, there are only so many permits available for this program. Don’t risk the time and effort of making a Federal Skilled Trade application without the advice and guidance of a Canadian immigration lawyer. Book an appointment to discuss your options, and let us carry your application process to greatly improve your application’s success.

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