What Is the Federal Skilled Trades Program? | Federal Skilled Trades Program

Similar to that of the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program allows those with skilled trades to become a permanent resident.

The first thing you should know is what a skilled trade is. Citizenship and Immigration Canada sets out which skilled trades are eligible for this program. Based on the type of duties set out in the National Occupation Classification or NOC, the tasks that you have performed may match the skilled trade Canada is seeking.

Like other programs, the Federal Skilled Trades Program has basic requirements that must be met before being eligible for consideration into the program. Some requirements include,

  • having at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the five years before you applied
  • meeting the job requirement for your skilled trade as set out in National Occupation Classification
  • having a valid job offer

For those who have been working part-time, you may still meet the work experience requirement. As set out on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, as long as you have been working part-time and the amount of hours is equivalent to full-time work, you may still be eligible for this program.

In terms of the National Occupation Classification requirements, some of the skilled trades currently entitled to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program include electrical trades, construction trades, etc... In addition to this, there are various documents that must be provided, such as, samples of your previous work and reference letters.

As you can see, the Federal Skilled Trades Program has various factors that must be taken into account as you fill out an application. The process can be demanding and, often times, complex. It may be difficult to gage for yourself what is the right documentation to send in with your application or whether you are even eligible to apply.

At Akrami & Associates, our legal professionals will be able to make an assessment on your eligibility and assist you with your application. Call us today for more information and we will gladly assist you in any way we can.


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