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Foreign Skilled Trade

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Work Experience

In order to qualify for FST, a candidate must have at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade (or an equal amount in part-time). This experience must have been obtained within the previous 5 years and only considers work experience obtained after an individual has been granted the certification to practice the trade in their country of residence.

Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, defines skilled trades as the following occupation groups:

Major Group 72
Technical trades and transportation officers and controllers excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
Major Group 73
General Trades
Major Group 82
Supervisors in natural resources, Agriculture and related production
Major Group 83
Occupations in natural resources and related production
Major Group 92
Processing, Manufacturing and utilities supervisors, And utilities operators and controllers
Major Group 93
Central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, Excluding Sub-Major Group 932, Aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
Minor Group 6320
Cooks, Butchers and bakers
Unit Group 62200

Have a valid offer of full-time employment for a position lasting at least 12-months or a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade which is issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.


Reach a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 on an approved English or French language test.

Provided a candidate meets these requirements, they will be eligible to submit an Express Entry profile for the Federal Skilled Trades program. However, candidates should note that they must meet Canada’s basic admissibility requirements.

If you have any questions, you can book consultation to speak with immigration consultant.

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