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Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program

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.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must fulfill the following criteria:-

  • They must have offers of employment from up to two employers in Canada for a minimum period of one year, or Certificate of Qualification from a territory or province of Canada
  • They must furnish a proof of basic language proficiency of any one of the two official languages of Canada - English or French
  • They must have obtained two years of qualified work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years
  • They must be able to demonstrate their skills and experience, and that they have performed all the essential duties of their respective occupation

Trade Categories

Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor 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,
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators,
  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks, and
  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers.

Education Requirement

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.

Improve Ranking

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.

 

FAQs

  • Q1. Who should apply 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.

  • Q2. What do you mean by Certification or Offer of Employment?

    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.

  • Q3. What are the factors to be considered while ranking candidates under the Comprehensive Ranking System?

    NCandidates in the Express Entry pool who have applied under the Federal Skilled Trades Program are ranked according to the following components:

    • core human capital factors
    • skill transferability factors
    • accompanying spouse or common-law partner factors (if applicable), and
    • factors relating to a provincial nomination or a qualifying offer of arranged employment
  • Q4. How can employers access the Express Entry pool candidates?

    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.

  • Q5. What is an Invitation to Apply?

    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.

  • Q6. What is a Comprehensive Ranking System?

    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:

    • skills
    • work experience
    • language ability
    • education qualification and other factors

    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.

  • Q7. What is the formula behind the Comprehensive Ranking System?

    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.

    • Skills and experience factors (which are considered as key factors to the economic success for immigrants once in Canada)
    • Spouse or common-law partner factors such as their language skills and education qualification. These are known to result in better economic success for both the candidate and the spouse or common-law partner
    • Skills transferability which includes education and work experience. These factors when combined result in better chances of being employed and higher earning opportunities
    • Additional points are given to those with a nomination from a province or territory or a valid job offer
  • Q8. What are the advantages candidates can enjoy once their visa is approved?

    Once a candidate receives a Visa approval, they can: -

    • live and work in Canada permanently
    • sponsor a family member to become permanent resident
    • apply for citizenship after spending a period of three years on the Canadian land
  • Q9. What is the processing time of a Federal Skilled Trades application?

    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.

  • Q10. Why should I use the services of WWICS for a Canadian immigration Visa under 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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