Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for applicants who have suitable trade skills as an alternative to educational qualifications. This visa program allows individuals with job offers or appropriate certification, to work for certain high-demand occupation categories like Construction, Electrical, Industrial, Agriculture, Maintenance Supervisors and Technical Jobs.

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What you need to be eligible for the Visa Program?

Basic Requirements:

To be eligible for this economic program under Express Entry, one has to:

  1. Have Work Experience of at least 2 years.
  2. Have Proficient English language skills.
  3. Hold a job offer form a Canadian employer.
  4. Have the required skills for the job position available in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  5. Have a full time employment offer or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.

How Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) works?

For applying under Federal Skilled Trades Program, the following steps are to be followed :

  1. Potential candidates have to complete an online Express Entry profile and upon meeting the requirements, they are accepted into a pool of candidates.
  2. Candidates are ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
  3. Candidates with the highest scores in the pool are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  4. After receiving ITA, one can file for Permanent Residency for Canada.


There are in total 43 occupations in this group which are subdivided into two i.e. category A and Category B.

Category A

Category A has a cap of 100 applications as these are occupations of moderate labor market need.

NOC CodeOccupation Title
Engineering Occupations
2131Civil Engineers
2132Mechanical Engineers
2133Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2134Chemical Engineers
2141Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2143Mining Engineers
2144Geological Engineers
2145Petroleum Engineers
2231Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2241Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2253Drafting Technologists & Technicians

Highest ranked profile in the candidate pool will be provided an ITA.

Category B

It consists of occupations which are in demand.


Compulsory Certification Trades  
1. Appliance Service TechnicianAppliance Service Technician
Commercial Appliance Service Tech.
2. Auto Body TechnicianAuto Body Technician
Auto Body Prepper
Auto Body Repairer
Auto Body Refinisher
3. Automotive Service TechnicianAutomotive Service Technician
4. BoilermakerBoilermaker
5. Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator (CHEO)CHEO-Hydraulic Mobile Crane
CHEO-Conventional Mobile Crane
CHEO-Mobile Crane
CHEO-Tower Crane
CHEO-Boom Truck
CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
CHEO-Wellhead Boom Truck
6. ElectricianElectrician
7. Elevator ConstructorElevator Constructor
8. GasfitterGasfitter (A)
Gasfitter (B)
9. HairstylistHairstylist
10. Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)Heavy Equipment Technician (HET)
HET-Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic (Off Road)
HET-Truck and Transport Mechanic
HET-Transport Trailer Mechanic
11. IronworkerIronworker
Ironworker-Metal Building Systems Erector
12. Motorcycle MechanicMotorcycle Mechanic
13. PlumberPlumber
14. Recreation Vehicle Service TechnicianRecreation Vehicle Service Technician
15. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning MechanicRefrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic
16. Rig TechnicianRig Technician 1
Rig Technician 2
Rig Technician 3
17. Sheet Metal WorkerSheet Metal Worker
18. Steamfitter-PipefitterSteamfitter-Pipefitter
19. WelderWelder
Welder-Wire Process Operator

How much time does the process takes?

The duration for the visa process to complete depends upon the applicant’s profile however; Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Canada, processes majority of the applications in six months or above.

Benefits for Experience Class Visa:

  1. FSTP allows the wishful applicant to connect with employers in Canada and secure employment.
  2. Under FSTP, one can work for more than one employer.
  3. This economic program provides a simplified and faster method to settle in Canada.


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