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Federal Skilled Trade Worker Visa (FSTW)

Canada Skilled Trades Visa Program

The Federal Skilled Trades program was developed in 2013 addressing the increasing shortage of skilled trade workers Canada. This program was a special initiative by Canadian Government upon request of Canadian businesses and employers who were struggling to hire tradesmen within the country. In 2015, this program was linked with Canada Express Entry.

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Through this program, candidates with skills and experience in specific trade and ability to take up a skilled trade occupation can apply for a permanent residence status of Canada. This helps both the trades persons and the employers to retain an employment for a longer period of time. A proven work experience in a specific trade of the trades demand list and language proficiency are must have traits to apply for this visa program.

  1. The Federal Skilled Worker Visa program is a pathway for skilled tradesmen to become permanent residents of Canada and contribute their trades skills to its economic developed. Candidates who are specialized in a skilled trade need to have a job offer from any Canadian province or territory (except Quebec) or receive a certificate of qualification in order to apply for a Federal Skilled Trades Visa.

    Candidates are assessed upon a Comprehensive Ranking Score of their profile and invitations are issued to highest CRS scoring applications, selected by the means of a draw system. Selected candidates receive and invitation to apply and establish themselves as tradesmen in Canada. A 60 days time is given to selected candidates to submit the final application along with documents and fees. Upon receiving an approval to this application from the Canadian Immigration, the candidate can migrate to Canada successfully.

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  2. To apply for a permanent residency of Canada on a Federal Skilled Worker Visa, you must:

    • Have an age below 50 years
    • Have a certification in skilled trade/ valid job offer from Canadian employer
    • Have at least 2 year of full time work experience or equivalent part time experience (within past 5 years) in occupation of NOC Skill Level B
    • Have good English language skills
    • Have a good conduct sound health

  3. In order to apply for the Federal Trades Worker Visa Program, candidates must be able to establish themselves in Canada, along with certain important traits.

    Intend to live outside Quebec

    The Federal Skilled Worker Visa program is only for candidates who wish to settle in provinces like Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Ontario, Prince Edward Island or any Canadian territory. Quebec follows its own rules of skilled immigration and does not accept immigration applications of the Federal Skilled Trades Worker Program.

    • Skilled Work Experience

    Candidate must showcase a work experience of 3120 hours in the past 5 years, which can be gained as a

    • 2 years of full-time work experience past 5 years, in a specific trade


    • Part-time work experience equivalent to 2 years full-time work experience

    Proven English Language Proficiency

    Candidates must have an intermediate level of English skills demonstration or proven French language skills. Their English Language skills must be proven by taking any of the following exams and scoring the relevant standard score:

    • International Language Testing System (IELTS)- Min CLB 5 is required benchmark
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English- Min CLB 5 is required benchmark
    • Test d’Evaluation de Francais (TEF) for French- Min. NCLC5 is required benchmark

    Skilled Trade Qualification or a Valid Employment Contract

    • A candidate needs to hold a certification in his skilled trade. This can be done by approaching a regulatory body of the selected province and get their skills qualification certified.
    • In case they do not have a certification, a job offer becomes mandatory. The offer must be from a Canadian employer showing an employment contract of full-time work accounting to nearly 30 hours or more per week. Two part-time job offers that calculate up to 30+ hours of work will also be considered.

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  4. Candidates specialized and experienced in the below occupations can apply for a Federal Trades Worker Visa Program.

    • Industrial
    • Electrical and Construction
    • Maintenance and Equipment operations
    • Agriculture and Production
    • Processing
    • Transport
    • Manufacturing
    • Cooks and Chefs
    • Bakers and Butchers

  5. Trades person falling under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level B are eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Visa Program. Overall 3000 applications are accepted in total, wherein 100 applications are accepted solely from Category A. The entire list of the occupations is divided into two categories- Category A and Category B. This occupation

    These jobs technically require an apprenticeship training or a college/University diploma.

    Minor Group 632 - Chefs and cooks

    • Chefs
    • Cooks

    Minor Group 633 - Butchers and bakers

    • Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale
    • Bakers

    Minor Group 720 - Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers.

    • Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • Contractors and supervisors, pipe-fitting trades
    • Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

    Minor Group 723 - Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades

    • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    • Tool and die makers
    • Sheet metal workers
    • Boilermakers
    • Structural metal and plate-work fabricators and fitters
    • Ironworkers
    • Welders and related machine operators

    Minor Group 724 - Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers

    • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    • Industrial electricians
    • Power system electricians
    • Electrical power line and cable workers
    • Telecommunications line and cable workers
    • Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    • Cable television service and maintenance technicians

    Minor Group 725 - Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters

    • Plumbers
    • Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    • Gas fitters

    Minor Group 727 - Carpenters and cabinetmakers

    • Carpenters
    • Cabinetmakers

    Minor Group 728 - Masonry and plastering trades

    • Bricklayers
    • Concrete finishers
    • Tilesetters
    • Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

    Minor Group 729 - Other construction trades

    • Roofers and shinglers
    • Glaziers
    • Insulators
    • Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    • Floor covering installers

    Minor Group 730 - Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators

    • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    • Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    • Supervisors, railway transport operations
    • Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

    Minor Group 731 - Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)

    • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • Railway carmen/women
    • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • Machine fitters
    • Elevator constructors and mechanics

    Minor Group 732 - Automotive service technicians

    • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    • Motor vehicle body repairers

    Minor Group 733 - Other mechanics and related repairers

    • Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    • Appliance servicers and repairers
    • Electrical mechanics
    • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    • Other small engine and small equipment repairers

    Minor Group 736 - Train crew operating occupations

    • Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    • Railway conductors and brakemen/women

    Minor Group 737 - Crane operators, drillers and blasters

    • Crane operators
    • Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
    • Water well drillers

    Minor Group 738 - Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

    • Printing press operators
    • Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

    Minor Group 821 - Supervisors, logging and forestry

    • Supervisors, logging and forestry

    Minor Group 822 - Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas

    • Supervisors, mining and quarrying
    • Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

    Minor Group 823 - Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations

    • Underground production and development miners
    • Oil and gas well drillers, services, testers and related workers

    Minor Group 824 - Logging machinery operators

    • Logging machinery operators

    Minor Group 825 - Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services

    • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
    • Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

    Minor Group 826 - Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women

    • Fishing masters and officers
    • Fishermen/women

    Minor Group 921 - Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations

    • Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
    • Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
    • Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • Supervisors, forest products processing
    • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

    Minor Group 922 - Supervisors, assembly and fabrication

    • Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
    • Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
    • Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
    • Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    • Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
    • Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly

    Minor Group 923 - Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing

    • Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
    • Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
    • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

    Minor Group 924 - Utilities equipment operators and controllers

    • Power engineers and power systems operators
    • Water and waste treatment plant operators

    • Canadian Permanent Resident Status
    • Long stay and full time work rights
    • Right to multiple entry and travel anywhere
    • Full-time work rights for spouse
    • Access to high paid jobs
    • Free healthcare for entire family
    • Free education for dependent children
    • Authority to sponsor eligible relatives
    • Unemployment and pension benefits
    • Right to apply for Canadian citizenship after 3 years

  6. The process includes fees at various stages.

    Educational Credential Assessment Fees (WES)- 323 CAD

    Visa Fees:

    • Primary Applicant (above 22 years)- 475 CAD
    • Primary Applicant (if less than 22 year and is not a spouse or common law partner)-75 CAD
    • Family member (if a spouse or common law partner of any age)- 550 CAD
    • Family member (if dependent under 22 years and not a spouse or common law partner)- 150 CAD

    CAD stands for Canadian Dollars-currency of Canada

    Note: This does not include fee applicable to Kansas visa process services.

    • Counseling and Visa Selection
    • Evaluation
    • Customized Orientation and Checklist
    • EOI Lodgment
    • ECA application assistance
    • Resume Preparation & Job Search
    • Visa Process and Documentation
    • After Landing assistance

FAQs Section


Under the Skilled Trades Worker category, the following family members may be included in an application:

  • Spouse or common law partner
  • Dependent child/children


The FSTW visas are generally processed in 6-12 months. The selection pattern solely depends upon the frequency of draws and ranking of the applicant in the pool.


In order to apply for a FSTW visa, the applicant must a qualifying job offer or a certificate of trades from the selected province. This certificate is called the certificate of qualification and symbolizes the candidates trade skills are recognized and accepted.

Note: We are a visa service provider & not any placement agency. We do not deal in any kind of direct placements/jobs but assistance only.

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