Introduction of Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) in Canada w.e.f 01.01.2013

 In order to better facilitate the entry of skilled tradespersons to Canada, CIC has created the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) of Immigration. This will be open to tradespersons with skills in the following areas:

      ■ Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades; Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades; Supervisors and Technical Occupations in Natural Resources; Agriculture and Related Production’ Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and Central Control Operators’ Chefs and Cooks; Bakers and Butchers
All of these trades are considered “skilled”, and fall into the “B” level of work, as defined by Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC).
The FSTC is not a points-based immigration program. Rather, it operates on a Pass / Fail system.
Applicants to this new immigration program will have to meet the following 4 requirements:
 1. Must receive either:
       ■  A qualifying offer of employment in Canada. Offers must be for at least 1 year in duration; OR
       ■  A Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial authority.
 2. Minimum language proficiency of at least Canadian Level Benchmark 5 (“initial intermediate”).
 3. 24 months of work experience in their skilled trade during the last 5 years.
 4. Professional qualifications that prove their ability to perform their job.
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