Canada is currently in demand of skilled trades people. As such, the Federal Skilled Trades program is geared towards attracting these men and women to work in Canada and obtain their Permanent Residence.
In order to qualify, your particular trade needs to be on a list of eligible occupations and you must meet all the necessary licencing required of the trade.
Further, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is only accepting 5,000 applications per year in total. Each trade also has its own individual cap. If you are interested in applying under this program, you should act fast to ensure your application is submitted prior to the caps filling up.
In order to be considered eligible for the program, you must:
The NOC or National Occupational Code is a categorization of your, and all, occupations. Based on the NOC associated with your trade, you will be able to see duties, educational and skill requirements as well as determine under what exact NOC you qualify.
All 90 skilled trades from the following NOC Skill Level B groups are eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program:
You are not required to meet licensing requirements at the time of application, but a Citizenship and Immigration officer must be satisfied that you are capable of performing the job offered to you.
If the occupation is regulated in Canada, meaning, it requires certain licencing or certification, the officer must also be satisfied that you can be expected to successfully qualify for licensing/certification when in Canada.
Your offer of employment must be valid at the time your permanent resident visa (if any) is issued.
The Federal Skilled Trades program focuses heavily on:
These are the key elements to any application under this category and will need to be sufficiently demonstrated should you hope to be successful in your application. Providing the right documentation goes far beyond the minimum requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Ensuring that an officer is satisfied that you not only meet the minimum requirements but are a suitable candidate for Permanent Residence in Canada will mean the difference between approval or denial.
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