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First Express Entry Skilled Trade Draw Since October 2019!

It seems that the Canadian Immigration system is almost back in full swing. The Government held its first Skilled Trade targeted draw since October 2019 and the first since the pandemic restrictions were put in place!

Previously, only those with Canadian work experience and provincial nominee candidates received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residency during the COVID-19 lockdown, until the first Federal Skilled Worker Program Express Entry draw since lockdown was held in July 2020.

There has been two Express Entry draws over the past few days. The first was an all-program draw, including Federal Skilled Worker Program applicants. 3,900 successful candidates received ITAs for permanent residence in Canada on August 5. This is the second all-program draw since March 2020. Applicants with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 476 were successful.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program draw was held just 1 day later and invited 250 candidates with CRS scores of 415 and upward.

Ready to find out how you could possibly join over 61,850 Express Entry applicants who have already received their ITA’s this year? Let's take a closer look, at how to immigrate to Canada when you apply for permanent residency through the Federal Skilled Trade Program?



Do I Qualify for the Federal Skilled Trade Program?

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What is the Federal Skilled Trade Program?

The Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) is managed by the Express Entry system and allows qualified trade workers with at least 2 years work experience within 5 years as well as a valid job offer for a minimum 1-year contract or a certificate of qualification issued in a Canadian province or territory to apply for permanent residency in Canada. You will also have to meet the following requirements:

  • a secondary or post-secondary qualification;
  • Language Skills in English and/or French (CLB5 for speaking and listening and CLB 4 for reading and writing);
  • Proof of sufficient funds to live in Canada(this includes your family members).

What Are Skilled Trade Occupations?

Skilled trade jobs are those that usually require some form of post-secondary education, job-specific training or on-the-job-training, such as carpenters, welders and electricians. Skilled trades are organized in the following categories or groups:


Skilled Trade Occupation Categories
Category/GroupTrades/Occupation Examples
Major Group 72industrial, electrical and construction trades
Major Group 73maintenance and equipment operation trades
Major Group 82supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Major Group 92processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
Minor Group 632chefs and cooks
Minor Group 633butchers and bakers

How Long Does it Take to Process My Application?

The great part about applying under the Express Entry system is that it is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to apply to immigrate to Canada. Your application is done online and will be processed in as little as 6 weeks!

Are you ready to start a new brighter future in Canada and need help with your visa or study permit application? Simply click the link below and let's get started!



Your Canadian Journey Starts Here

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Applying for a visa can be time-consuming and confusing. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements to adhere to, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to immigrate to Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), the process will be stress-free.

When you choose to use our expert and government trusted services, you will receive:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 100+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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