Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) is among the three federal economic immigration programs that is managed by the federal government under the Express Entry system.
Usually, in an Express Entry draw, candidates with scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) are invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada. However, it is often noticed that applicants belonging to the Skilled Trades Class usually do not make through the CRS cut-off score in the all-program Express Entry draws.
For the sake of convenience and increasing the immigration targets, the federal authorities conduct a program-specific Express Entry draws exclusively for Federal Skilled Trades Class applicants twice or thrice every year.
In the year 2019, two such program-specific Express Entry draws have been conducted, one on May 15 and the other on October 16. In total nearly 1000 eligible candidates under the FSTC category got their invitations to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Such candidates invited through October 16 draw had a CRS score of 364 and above. This is way in contrast to the CRS cut-off score of 464 and above in the all-program Express Entry draw conducted on October 2.
International workers who are eligible to work in an eligible skilled Trade in Canada or have an eligible employment offer in Canada can choose to apply for Canada PR through the Federal Skilled Trades Class. As per the Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2019-2021, the country is planning to welcome around 256,000 candidates through Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.
If you are interested in Canada immigration through any immigration programs offered by the country, make sure to apply through a certified Canada Immigration Consultant like us to avoid any legal complications.