Immigrate to Canada:
Federal Skilled Trades Class

A. Meeting Eligibility Requirements

In order for an individual to meet the eligibility requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Class, he/she must have at least 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 past five (5) years AND 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. He/she must meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

The NOC was developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to be a systematic cataloguing of occupations in the Canadian labour market. The NOC is divided into six (6) TEER categories:

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

He/she must also meet the minimum level 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

In order for an individual to complete an Online Express Entry Profile and possibly be invited to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada, he/she must qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Class OR the Federal Skilled Trades Class OR the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates will complete an Online Express Entry profile. This is a secure form that gathers information about their:
  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education, and
  • other details that will help Citizenship and Immigration Canada assess their eligibility.
Those who meet Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s criteria will be accepted into a pool of candidates. Anyone who does not already have a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (if needed) or a nomination from a province or territory, must register with Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) Job Bank. Job Bank will eventually help connect Express Entry candidates with eligible employers in Canada. Candidates are also encouraged to promote themselves to employers in other ways, such as using job boards, recruiters, etc. In most cases when there is a job being offered to a candidate, employers will need an LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA process ensures employers have made an effort to hire Canadians for available jobs. There will be no government fee payable for LMIA Applications that support only a Permanent Residence Application. Government fees are payable for LMIA Applications that support a Work Permit Application.

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

Candidates will be ranked against others in the pool using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS will assess the profile information candidates submit, including:
  • skills,
  • work experience,
  • language ability,
  • education and other factors.
A candidate can get additional points for:
  • a job offer supported by LMIA, or
  • a nomination by a province or territory
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will choose candidates from the pool through regular draws, choosing a pre-determined number of candidates with the highest scores from the pool and inviting them to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada. Draws will be made from the Express Entry pool on a regular basis. Every draw will have a set of instructions the electronic system will use to draw candidates from the pool. These instructions will be posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website before each draw. These instructions will include:
  • the date of the next draw,
  • the number of candidates that will get an Invitation To Apply, and
  • if it applies, which specific Immigration program(s) will be included in the draw.
If the instructions do not specify which Immigration program the candidates must be eligible for, the draw will be based on the CRS score. If someone is invited to apply, they will have sixty (60) days to submit an online Application for Permanent Residence. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will process the majority of complete Applications (meaning those with all the necessary supporting documents) in six (6) months or less. Candidates can stay in the pool for up to twelve (12) months. If they do not get an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence within twelve (12) months of submitting an Express Entry profile, they may submit a new profile. If they still meet the criteria, they can re-enter the pool. This will prevent backlogs and ensure quick processing times.

Answer a few simple questions and we will tell you if you qualify for Immigration to Canada under Express Entry

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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.