Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Federal Skilled Trades (FST)

Federal Skilled Trades (FST) is one of the three federal programs managed through Express Entry that is an online points-based system. FST is the program for skilled workers with work experience in the skilled trades occupations and who want to become permanent residents.

In order to qualify you need the following:

  1. Have at least 2 years of full-time experience within the past 5 years in the skilled trades, which includes the following occupations:
    • Major Group 72, technical trades and transportation officers and controllers excluding Sub-Major Group 726, transportation officers and controllers
    • Major Group 73, general trades
    • Major Group 82, supervisors in natural resources, agriculture and related production
    • Major Group 83, occupations in natural resources and related production
    • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors, and utilities operators and controllers
    • Major Group 93, central control and process operators and aircraft assembly assemblers and inspectors, excluding Sub-Major Group 932, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors
    • Minor Group 6320, cooks, butchers and bakers
    • Unit Group 62200, chefs
  2. Meet minimum language requirements
  3. Have a valid job offer letter for a total period of 1 year or the certificate of qualification issued by the province or territory. Please note that you must meet the requirements for this job.


The Express Entry, as mentioned, also uses a Comprehensive Ranking System. In addition to the mandatory requirements, it includes many other factors that make up the amount of Express Entry points.

IRCC will send an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the most eligible applicants with each Draw, after which you may apply for Permanent Residency application. FST has sometimes separated Draws that may issue ITAs to applicants in such category.

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