The Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Program is a program under the Express Entry System for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. The Federal Skilled Trades Program includes the following requirements for an applicant:
Work experience must meet the lead statement of the occupational description in the National Occupational Classification and it should have included all the essential duties and most of the main duties that are listed on NOC profile.
Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):
There are no educational or proof of funds requirements to be eligible under the FST program. The FST applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada.
If applicant qualify for FST, they will enter the Express Entry pool and their rank in the pool will be decided based on the points that their profile has secured on a comprehensive ranking system. The profile with the highest rank is selected first and invited to apply to be Permanent Resident of Canada.
If Permanent Resident application is accepted by the Canadian government, they will have the privilege of becoming a Permanent Resident of the country. The privileges that they can enjoy as a Permanent Resident include all which are enjoyed by a Canadian Citizen, except the right to vote or join the military. Apart from that, they will also be eligible to apply for a Canadian Citizenship after fulfilling the eligibility requirements as a Permanent Resident of the country.