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News for Federal Skilled Trades candidates: Rare Monday Express Entry draw drops to CRS 284

400 invitations have been issued by the Government of Canada to Express Entry candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class in a rare Monday draw held on September 24.

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking Score for this draw was 284 which mean that all Federal Skilled Trade Class (FSTC) candidates with a score of 284 or above who submitted their Express Entry profile were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in this draw.

The draw was 100th invitation round through the Federal Express Entry System, which was introduced in January 2015 to manage applications to Canada’s three main economic immigration categories- the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trade Class.

Candidates who received an ITA in this invitation round have 60 days to submit a complete application for permanent residence to the Government of Canada.

Program-specific invitation rounds are exceptions to the norms for draws held through the Express Entry system, that majority of which includes candidates from all federal economic immigration programs.

The previous program-specific draw to target FSTC candidates was held on May 30, 2018, and saw a total of 500 FSTC candidates with CRS score as low as 288 invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The FSTC allows individuals with valid job offers or who are certified to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian permanent residence.


Criteria for the FSTC include:

  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within last 5 years,
  • Job requirements for the skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification,
  • A valid job offer or full-time employment for a period of at least one year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
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