Eligibility to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (Express Entry)
You may apply to become a Canadian Permanent resident under the Federal Skilled Trades Program if you are qualified in a skilled trade. This program is one of the 3 federal programs managed through Express Entry [LINK].
To be eligible, you must meet the required language levels in English and/or French. You must also have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply.
You will need to meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification [LINK] . It will also be important that you have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority
Skilled work experience
Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (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
- Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers
The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, and they are all skill type B.
You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
You do not need to have any minimum education for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. However, including eligible education will help you improve your rank in the Express Entry pool,
You must meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark 4 for reading and writing.
Proof of funds
You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
Where you can live in Canada
You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers.
How we can help
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