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Federal Skilled Worker

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), on January 2nd, 2013, decided to accept the application for permanent residency in Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program. A notable thing is that the program is based on quota and restricted to 3000 applications every year with sub-quotas in many of the 43 targeted occupations.


The eligibility of the applicants is assessed on the basis of the pass or fail, with applicants required to fulfill the below four requirements:

  • Holds an employment offer from one or two Canadian employers for the period of at least one year in an eligible skilled trade (NOC Skill level B), or have a formal attestation of qualification for that trade from a Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory body; Provide proof of enough language skill ability in certainly considered one among Canada’s professional languages;
  • Display language proficiency evidence in one of Canada’s two official languages;
  • Exhibits 24 months of work experience in the past 5 years in the skilled trade, after trade qualification, where applicable;
  • Qualified to meet the requirements of trade in Canada or the job offer (s) as defined by the NOC;

The Federal Skilled Trades Class exempts applicants willing to establish themselves in the Province of Quebec which has its own authority to select applicants.

Certification or Offer of Employment

Trade certification in Canada lies under provincial jurisdiction, where each province specifies a set of regulated professions and established regulatory bodies where necessary. It is difficult to get a provincial certification from outside Canada. It is; therefore, this program will be beneficial to tradespeople who get an approved offer of employment from a recognized employer or who are already employed as temporary foreign workers in Canada. Since every trade is not regulated by all the provinces, an offer of employment becomes mandatory where a trade is not regulated.

A tradesperson will also be eligible to apply if a Canadian employer provides an approved offer of employment for 1 or more years to the tradesperson in their trade. The employment offer will be assessed to make sure that it is an eligible trade and that the hiring will have a neutral effect on the Canadian Labour Market.

Language Requirement:

It is mandatory that the applicants must provide proof of their basic proficiency in English or French language for all four language abilities which include speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Only test results from a CIC-designated language testing agency will be reckoned to establish proficiency.

The two most generally used language tests are:

  • IELTS for English
  • TEF for French.

Applicants must obtain the below scores in each respective language ability:


Eligible Trades and Caps on application

CIC accepts a maximum of 3000 applications in the Federal Skilled Trades Class in each calendar year. Eligible trades are separated into two categories:

  • One with individual sub-caps of 100 applications and
  • Others with no sub-cap.