Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.
Eligible candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada through the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.
The FSTC allows individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian permanent residence in any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec.
Eligibility Criteria for the FSTC
In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must:
Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general Skilled Trades categories of the NOC:
FSTC applicants must plan to reside outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers through a unique immigration system. If prospective applicants plan on living in Quebec, visit the Quebec Skilled Worker Program page for more information.
FSTC and Express Entry
The FSTC is one of three programs managed by the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system. This means that in order to begin the process immigrating to Canada as a tradesperson must first create an online Express Entry profile to get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and become ranked against other candidates in Express Entry pool.
Generally, FSTC candidates may have lower CRS scores than other Express Entry candidates — Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — because they are not required to prove their level of education to enter the pool.
Since the inception of the Express Entry system in 2015, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has held three program-specific draws where FSTC candidates were prioritized.