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Federal Skilled Trades Program: How to Immigrate to Canada through FSTP?

This read covers all topics related to obtaining a permanent residency in Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Read on.

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The Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program invites semi-skilled foreign tradesmen to work and settle in Canada. If you are experienced in a skilled trade that is listed in the in-demand occupation list of Canada, you can apply for the FSTP program and gain permanent residence. Read on to know more about this program.

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

The Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program is one of the three federal immigration programs under the Canadian Express Entry system.

Programs under the Express Entry System:

Candidates with a minimum 2-year experience in a skilled trade which is listed under the NOC will be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Express Entry system. 

Submitting an Express Entry profile however, does not guarantee the Canadian permanent residence. Following the submission of your application, you will be Invited to Apply (ITAs) for a PR visa only if you meet the standard requirements set by the Canadian Government. Having a good CRS score greatly influences your ITA.

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Eligibility Criteria for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

Factor of Eligibility

Requirements to Meet


Not specified

Work Experience

  • One year of work in the NOC-specified occupations
  • Two years’ experience in a skilled trade
  • An equivalent amount of part-time work judged over the last five years


  • Their fluency in English language (passed in IELTS General examination)
  • Their fluency in French language (passed in CELPIP General examination)


In a recognized institution of Canada

  • Studied for two years towards PhD
  • Already had a PhD

Arranged Employment

  • A Canadian employer has offered a permanent and full-time job
  • Labour Market Opinion qualification for an Arranged employment


Not specified


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Documents Required for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

The documentation that is required for the Federal Skilled Worker Program is as follows:

  • Your identification proof, like your passport
  • If a family member is moving too, their identification proof
  • The General Application Form for immigration
  • Fee payment slip
  • Education certificate that is ECA-verified
  • Diploma, degrees, official transcripts
  • Test results for the IELTS exam and the CELPIP
  • A valid offer letter from an employer in Canada/ confirmation letter
  • Reference letter from the previous employer
  • Proof of skilled job performance.
  • Pension fund/employment contract as work experience proof.
  • Approved medical certificate from a verified practitioner
  • Clean police certificate
  • Fund verification for permanent settlement in Canada
  • Marital proof when moving with a spouse

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How to Apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program

Immigrating to Canada through the FSTP requires a bit of preparation. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Collect Your Documents – You will have to put the following documents in order to complete the FSTP application.

  • Passport
  • Language Test Results
  • Educational Credential Assessment Report
  • Provincial Nomination
  • Written Job Offer from Employer

Step 2: Submit Your Application – Your profile will now enter into an Express Entry pool draw every 2 weeks and ranked against other candidates. The highest CRS scores will receive an ITA to apply for permanent residence.

Step 3: Accept the Invitation to Apply – Your ITA will be notified through the Express Entry account. You will then need to submit the supporting documents to show that the information provided is correct and accurate.

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Costs Involved 

Costs incurred under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) through the Express Entry (EE) pathway:

Application fee for the main applicant: 825 CAD

Application fee for the spouse/common-law partner: 825 CAD

Application fee for each dependent child: 225 CAD

Right of Permanent Residence fee for the main applicant: 500 CAD

Right of Permanent Residence fee for the spouse/common-law partner: 500 CAD

Dependent children are exempted from the PR fee.

The biometrics fee for the main applicant: 85 CAD

The biometrics fee for two or more people in one FSTP visa application: 170 CAD.

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