Immigrate to Canada:
Federal Skilled Trades Class

A. Meeting Eligibiility Requirements

To meet the eligibility requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Class, an individual must have a minimum of two (2) years of paid full-time work experience (or an equal amount of paid part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the last five (5) years. Additionally, they must have either an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one (1) year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body. The applicant must also fulfill all job requirements for the specific skilled trade as outlined in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The NOC, developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), provides a comprehensive classification of occupations in the Canadian labor market. It consists of six (6) TEER categories:

TEER 0 Management Occupations
TEER 1 Occupations that usually require a university degree
TEER 2 Occupations that usually require:
  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or
  • supervisory occupations
TEER 3 Occupations that usually require:
  • a college diploma
  • apprenticeship training of less than 2 years
  • more than 6 months of on-the-job training
TEER 4 Occupations that usually require:
  • a high school diploma
  • several weeks of on-the-job training
TEER 5 TEER 5 Occupations that usually need short-term work demonstration and no formal education

The applicant must also meet the minimum language proficiency requirements of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for Speaking and Listening in either English or French, and CLB 4 for Reading and Writing in either English or French.

B. Applying Under Express Entry

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has implemented a new method of processing candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class/Federal Skilled Trades Class/Canadian Experience Class for Immigration to Canada called Express Entry. The Express Entry system involves two (2) steps:

Step 1 Completion of Online Express Entry Profile

To complete an Online Express Entry Profile and potentially receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada, the individual must meet the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, or Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates will fill out an Online Express Entry profile, which is a secure form that collects information regarding their:

  • Skills,
  • Work experience,
  • Language ability,
  • Education
  • Other details to assess their eligibility by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Those who meet the criteria will be accepted into a pool of candidates.

Candidates who do not possess a job offer supported by a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if required) or a nomination from a province or territory must register with Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Job Bank. The Job Bank aims to connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada.

Candidates are also encouraged to actively promote themselves to employers through various means such as job boards, recruiters, and other avenues.

In most cases where a job offer is extended to a candidate, employers must obtain an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures that employers have made efforts to hire Canadians for available positions. No government fee is payable for LMIA applications supporting only a permanent residence application. However, government fees are applicable for LMIA applications supporting a work permit application.

Step 2 Highest Ranking Candidates in the Pool Will Be Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence

Candidates in the Express Entry pool will undergo a ranking process based on a point-based system known as the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS evaluates the information provided in their profiles,


  • Skills,
  • Work experience,
  • Language ability,
  • Education and other relevent factors.

Candidates have the opportunity to earn additional points for:

  • Securing a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • Receiving a nomination from a province or territory.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will select candidates from the pool through regular draws, selecting a predetermined number of individuals with the highest scores and inviting them to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

These draws will occur at regular intervals and will be conducted based on specific instructions provided by the electronic system. The instructions, including the date of the next draw, the number of candidates receiving an Invitation to Apply, and the applicable immigration programs, will be published on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website prior to each draw.

If the instructions do not specify which immigration program the candidates must be eligible for, the selection will be based on their CRS score.

Once invited to apply, candidates will have a period of sixty (60) days to submit their online application for permanent residence.Once invited to apply, candidates will have a period of sixty (60) days to submit their online application for permanent residence.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada aims to process the majority of complete applications, which include all necessary supporting documents, within a timeframe of six (6) months or less.

Candidates can remain in the pool for a maximum of twelve (12) months. If they do not receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence within this period, they have the option to submit a new profile. If they still meet the eligibility criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This approach prevents backlogs and ensures efficient processing times.

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Permanent Status - Canada Immigration Categories:

Federal Skilled Worker Class Provincial Nominee Program Canadian Experience Class Federal Skilled Trades Class Family Class Business Self-Employed Business Start-Up Visa

Temporary Status In Canada:

If you wish to come to Canada on a temporary basis, you can come as either a visitor, a student or a worker, assuming, of course, that you meet eligibility requirements.

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