Canada, The northern face of America, is among the top booming trade nations of the world. It is also one of the most preferred countries to settle in for the clients who avail immigration services here at WWICS.
In order to keep up with its work pace, each year hundreds of trade persons are hired from all across the globe to come and work for the country, and even permanently reside in Canada. And to hire such extensive number of trade workers, the Government of Canada has established a unique program - The Federal Skilled Trades Program to offer Permanent Resident Visa to Canada to qualified skilled foreign tradespeople in an array of high-demanding occupations. While the programs open gates to skilled traders from all across the world, Federal Skilled Trades Program has a strict criterion that must be met to qualify.
If you are planning to apply under the Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program, then we are here to help you with it. At WWICS, we are backed by a team of expert consultants who have years of experience in the field of global resettlement procedures and visa processes. Our consultants will guide you through the entire immigration process, inform you about the on-going work scenarios and help you gain permanent residency in Canada with a Federal Skilled Trades Program efficiently and conveniently.
To be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must fulfill the following criteria:-
Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC:
As such, there is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, candidates who want to earn more points for Express Entry either need a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. Alternatively, they must complete foreign credentials (any diploma, degree or trade apprenticeship credential issued by a recognized educational institute) and submit an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC.
Canada Immigration Process - Federal Skilled Trades Program
With effect from January 1, 2015, the Federal Skilled Trades applications are being processed through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada, which means a faster way to obtain Canada Immigration Visa for permanent residency.
Fulfilling the Eligibility Criteria
Candidates eligible to immigrate to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program may enter the Express Entry pool only after they have fulfilled all the eligibility requirements as mentioned by the Government of Canada.
Complete an online Express Entry profile
Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria must make an Expression of Interest in immigrating to Canada by creating an online profile. They must provide all the necessary information as mentioned in the form, which may include fields like skill ability, work experience, language ability, education qualification and other personal information.
Once the qualification is confirmed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), candidates are placed in an Express Entry pool and are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System.
There are a total of 1200 points available under the Comprehensive Ranking System. The Government of Canada selects candidates from the Express Entry pool according to this ranking system. It is in the interest of the candidates to improve their ranking and subsequently maximize the chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Invitation to Apply
The Government of Canada, Provincial Governments as well as the employers are able to select new immigrants from the Express Entry Pool. The highest ranking candidates and those with valid job offers or provincial nomination are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Once the candidates receive their invitation to apply, they have 60 days to complete their application form and duly submit it with all the supporting documents. The submission of the application is considered as an acceptance of the invitation.
After all the portions of the document checklist are completed and uploaded, candidates are sent an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) by the CIC which further reviews the applications and determines whether a candidate is eligible for the program or not.
Passport and Right of Permanent Resident Fee
After a thorough assessment, CIC requests the candidates for the Right of Permanent Resident Fee payment and passport to issue the Canada Immigration Visa under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Individuals who possess an offer of employment or have a certification to work in an occupation as mentioned on the list under the Federal Skilled Trades Program are allowed to apply through this program and immigrate to Canada on a permanent basis, and further obtain permanent residency status in Canada.
Federal Skilled Trades Program has a strict and specific eligibility requirement that needs to be met in order to be considered for the program.
Trade certifications fall under the provincial jurisdictions in Canada. Each province has been given the authority to outline which professions will be regulated and establish bodies wherever applicable. Obtaining a provincial certification is often difficult from outside Canada, and hence, this program serves to be very beneficial to the tradespeople who get an approved offer of employment from a recognized Canadian employer or someone who is working in Canada as a temporary foreign worker.
Not all the provinces regulate all trades. In such provinces, an offer of employment becomes compulsory. Tradespeople who receive an approved offer for a minimum of one year in their trade from an employer of Canada are also eligible to apply under the Federal Skilled Trades program. The offer of employment is generally evaluated to make sure that it is a qualified trade practice and that the hiring will have a neutral effect on the Labor Market of Canada.
NCandidates in the Express Entry pool who have applied under the Federal Skilled Trades Program are ranked according to the following components:
As an employer, you can hire a skilled tradesperson to meet the work requirements in case you are not able to find suitable Canadians or permanent residents to fill the vacancy. You have the flexibility and choice to use the current recruiting and hiring practices. You are also given the access to candidates through Canada’s Job Bank, private sector job boards and Provincial Nominee Programs where applicable.
Candidates who have filed for Canada Immigration Visa through the Federal Skilled Trades Program are assessed against others in the pool and are ranked on the criteria that are known to contribute to a newcomer’s economic success once in Canada. Only the candidates with the highest ranking, and those with a valid job offer or provincial/territorial nomination are sent an invitation to apply for permanent residency in Canada.
Candidates have 60 days to apply for permanent residence under the Federal Skilled Trades Program. CIC processes the majority of complete permanent residence applications in a period of six months or fewer.
The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a points-based system used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to assess and score a candidate’s profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool.The CRS assesses information of the candidates on the basis of:
These factors play an important role in determining the economic success of the candidates once in Canada. Additional points are granted to those with a job offer or a nomination by a Canadian employer or Canada’s provinces under the Provincial Nominee Programs, respectively.
All Express Entry candidates applying through the Federal Skilled Trades Program are given a score out of 1200 points, based on the four parts of the CRS formula.
Once a candidate receives a Visa approval, they can: -
Once a candidate has filled the complete application form and duly submitted, the application is sent to CIC for review. CIC further reviews the application thoroughly and aims to complete the process within six months of the applicant having submitted his or her application under the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Obtaining a Canadian permanent residency visa can be a cumbersome and complicated process. Using expedited services by WWICS who specialize in global resettlement and immigration processes, you get accurate instructions and processing times, guidance through the entire process, constant updates, and efficient handling of all the requirements.
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