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By: Janice BandickPublished On: February 25, 2015
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an economic immigration program for individuals who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade. The FSTP selects permanent residents based on their expected ability to establish themselves in Canada. As of January 1, 2015, all applicants for the FSTP must submit their application through the new electronic immigration selection application system, Express Entry. Express Entry is designed to connect applicants who qualify for permanent residency to be matched with employers who require their skills and experience.
To be eligible for admission to Canada under the FSTP, applicants must:
Applicants who meet the conditions set out in the minimum requirements are assessed based on the following selection factors:
All NOC B level occupations are eligible for the FSTP , for a total of 90 eligible occupations. The 90 eligible occupations fall into the following general categories:
Applicants who satisfy the minimum requirements can apply for consideration through Express Entry.
The introduction of Express Entry and the resulting changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class can be complex and difficult to understand. If you have questions regarding the requirements for eligibility to work in Canada, the evaluation of foreign credentials by provincial regulators, and the differences between the various permanent residency programs, sign up today for Ashton's Skilled Trade Workers Webinar. Presented by Vance Langford, a nationally recognized expert on Canadian immigration law and policy, this webinar is accredited by the ICCRC, the Law Society of BC, and the Law Society of New Brunswick for 5 Continuing Professional Development hours. For more information, or to enrol, click here.