Canada invites 500 Express Entry Skilled Trades candidates with scores as low as 332

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On May 15, 2019, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 500 Federal Skilled Trades candidates from the Express Entry pool. Candidates with as low as 332 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score have been invited to apply for permanent residence to Canada.

The last time IRCC made a program-specific draw targeting candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Program was in September 24, 2018.

How will you qualify under Federal Skilled Trades Program?

The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTP) is open to foreign nationals with either:

  1. A certificate of qualification in a skilled trade occupation in Canada, OR
  2. An eligible offer of employment in Canada

Under FSTP, you must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in the following categories of Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC) within the 5 years before you apply:

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

FSTP is a great program for those who qualify since the language ability required is lower than the other Express Entry programs.

Congratulations to those who received an Invitation to Apply from today’s draw!

There’s great value in getting your skilled trade qualifications certified. If you belong to the list of occupations above, you could have been one of those invited already. Yeah, yeah… there’s lots of work involved in getting your qualifications certified. The question is: how much do you really want to immigrate to Canada? If you answered “very much”, then, it’s worth it.

Here’s to hoping you’ll be one of the invitees in the next program-specific draw!

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