Greetings from Sangam Immigration Services Ltd! I’m Neha, an immigration consultant based in Mississauga, Canada. You can reach me at +1 905 298 1 298 (WhatsApp/Call). We also have an office in West Bengal, India, reachable at +91 8016920606 (WhatsApp). Visit our website at www.sangamimmigration.com. Our team is fluent in Telugu, Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, English, and Punjabi.

Since 2013, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) has been a gateway for skilled trade professionals to immigrate to Canada. As part of Canada’s Express Entry system, the FSTP provides a unique pathway for global talent. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the program’s eligibility criteria, benefits, and the step-by-step process.

Table of Contents:

    • Overview
    • Eligibility Criteria
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • About Sangam Immigration Services


The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) launched the FSTP in 2013, offering a dedicated pathway for skilled trades workers. As one of the federal economic programs under Express Entry, it plays a crucial role in Canada’s goal to welcome over 400,000 new immigrants annually.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FSTP, you must:Have valid job offers or a certificate of qualification

  • Demonstrate language proficiency (CLB 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing)
  • Possess 2 years of full-time work experience in the skilled trade in the last 5 years
  • Be able to demonstrate skills and experience in performing essential duties of the occupation

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Language Requirements for FSTP:
  • To qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), you must undergo an English and/or French test administered by a designated third-party language tester approved by IRCC.
  • Minimum requirements for the test(s) include at least CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French) for speaking and listening, and at least CLB 4 (English) or NCLC 4 (French) for reading and writing.
  • If you receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence, ensure your test results are not older than two years on the day of submitting your permanent residence application.
  1. Certificate of Qualification:
  • A certificate of qualification is a testament to an individual’s eligibility to practice a skilled trade in Canada.
  • Issued by the governing body of trades in the respective province or territory or a federal government authority, this certificate confirms that the holder has successfully passed a certified exam and fulfills all requirements to practice the trade.
  1. How to Obtain a Certificate of Qualification for FSTP:
  • Provinces and territories, per Canada’s Constitution, oversee education and training and set the requirements for practicing skilled trades in their jurisdiction.
  • The regulatory organization governing your skilled trade in the chosen province or territory will assess your skills, trade experience, and training to determine eligibility for the certification exam.
  • Physical travel to the province or territory may be necessary to write the certification exam, and practical training from a Canadian employer may be required.
  1. Need for a Job Offer under FSTP:
  • No job offer is mandatory; however, a job offer becomes essential if you lack a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a Canadian province or territory.
  1. Eligible Job Offer under FSTP:
  • An eligible job offer must constitute full-time employment from up to two employers in Canada, requiring a minimum of 30 hours per week and lasting for at least one year.
  • While most job offers necessitate a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), exceptions exist, and LMIA is used to ensure minimal negative impact on the Canadian job market by hiring foreign nationals.
  1. Work Experience for FSTP’s Two-Year Requirement:
  • Work experience in the FSTP can only be counted if obtained in a region where you were qualified to practice the trade.
  • Certification by the relevant authority is crucial, and moving between countries may require recertification in the new jurisdiction.
  1. Applying with a Low Express Entry CRS Score:
  • Applying through Express Entry enhances chances of obtaining permanent residence, even with a low CRS score.
  • The Express Entry pool offers the opportunity to receive a provincial nomination, securing an additional 600 CRS points and virtually guaranteeing a permanent residence invitation.
  1. Improving Express Entry CRS Score:
  • Strategies to enhance your CRS score include securing an eligible job offer, claiming all eligible CRS points, obtaining an eligible academic credential in Canada, preparing thoroughly for language tests, and considering a spouse or partner as the principal applicant if they have a higher CRS score.
  1. Proof of Funds for Permanent Residence Invitation:
  • Proof of funds is required to demonstrate financial capability; however, this requirement is waived if legally able to work in Canada with an eligible job offer.
  1. Provincial Nomination and Acquisition:

– Provinces and territories share the authority to select and settle immigrants with the federal government under Canada’s Constitution.

– The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows provinces to nominate candidates, and eligibility for the FSTP can potentially lead to a provincial nomination, providing an additional 600 CRS points for a nearly guaranteed permanent residence invitation under Express Entry.

About Sangam Immigration Services:

Sangam Immigration Services are trusted sources providing valuable insights and immigration expertise in navigating Canada’s immigration landscape. Understanding their role enhances your knowledge as you embark on the immigration journey.


Embarking on the FSTP journey opens doors to a future filled with opportunities in Canada. Sangam Immigration Services is your partner in this endeavor, offering personalized guidance and support. Contact us today to start your journey toward a brighter tomorrow in Canada.

Contact Information:

Sangam Immigration Services Ltd

  • Mississauga Office: 220 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • West Bengal Office: Alipurduar, West Bengal, India
  • Email: info@sangamimmigration.com
  • Phone: +1 905 298 1 298 (Canada), +91 8016920606 (India)
  • Website: www.sangamimmigration.com

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