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First Federal Skilled Trade Applicants Welcomed to Canada

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In August, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that the first new permanent resident visas had been issued under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The FSTP opened in January 2013 and is an immigration route for skilled tradespeople. Up to 3,000 permanent resident visas can be issued in the first year. If you think you can qualify, contact our Vancouver immigration lawyers today for more information.

The FSWP is Canada’s main skilled worker immigration stream. About 55,000 people gain Canadian permanent resident visas each year under this program, which is focused more on professional workers such as medics, accountants and scientists.

Unlike the FSWP, the FSTP does not use a ‘points grid’ to assess applicants. It focuses instead on work experience and trade qualifications. In order to be successful, you will require
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  • An offer of permanent employment from a Canadian employer or a ‘certificate of qualification’ from a province or territory showing that you are ready and able to work on arrival
  • Basic language skills
  • Two years’ recent work experience in your trade
  • You must also be able to show that you possess the skills that are required for your trade in the relevant section of the Canadian National Occupations Classification system

To qualify, workers must be skilled in one of 43 qualifying trades. These trades are split into two categories; Group A and Group B. Group A contains 17 trades.

Group A – Sub-caps of 100 applications per trade

  • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • Carpenters
  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • Logging machinery operators
  • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • Power engineers and power systems operators
  • Water and waste treatment plant operators

Group B – no sub-caps

  • Machinists and machining tool inspectors
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • Ironworkers
  • Welders and related machine operators
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • Industrial electricians
  • Power system electricians
  • Electrical power line and cable workers
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • Plumbers
  • Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • Gas fitters
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • Railway car-person
  • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • Crane operators
  • Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • Water well drillers
  • Underground production and development miners
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

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