Applying for Canadian Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) allows you to apply for permanent residence in Canada, if you have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply. You must achieve the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 67 points, having skilled work experience and English or French language skills. You will also be assessed based on your age, adaptability to settling in Canada and whether you have a valid job offer.

Pax Law specializes in securing immigration approvals, with an outstanding track record. We can help you with your Canadian Express Entry application, with a solid legal strategy, meticulous paperwork and attention to detail, and years of experience dealing with immigration officials and government departments.

Our immigration lawyers will make sure your registration and application are submitted correctly the first time, saving you time and money, and reducing your risk of being rejected.

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What is the FSTP?

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is one of the three federal programs managed thorough Express Entry for skilled workers. FSTP gives an opportunity to skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently.

Minimum requirements to be eligible under FSTP:

  • The applicant must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience obtained in a skilled trade in the past 5 years.
  • Your work experience satisfies the job criteria as clearly stipulated in the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
  • Meet the basic language levels in French or English for each language ability ( listening, writing, reading and writing)
  • Have a valid job offer for at least 1 year in that skilled trade or certificate of qualification issued by any of Canada’s territory or province.
  • Applicant Intend to live outside the province of Quebec [Quebec Immigration has its own programs for foreign nationals].

Occupations considered skilled trades

Under the Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) following occupations are considered as skilled trades:

  • Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
  • Chefs and cooks
  • Butchers and bakers

Applicant required to submit an expression of interest and score the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and the score is determined based on their skills, work experience, language proficiency and other factors.

FSTP applicants are not required to prove their level of education to be eligible for the Express Entry profile unless intended to earn points for education.

Why Pax Law Immigration Lawyers?

Immigration is a complex process that requires strong legal strategy, precise paperwork and perfect attention to detail and experience dealing with immigration officials and government departments, reducing the risk of wasted time, money or permanent rejection.

Immigration lawyers at Pax Law Corporation dedicate themselves to your immigration case, providing legal representation tailored to your personal situation.

Book a personal consultation to speak with an immigration lawyer either in person, over the telephone, or through a video conference.


Can I immigrate to Canada without a lawyer?

Yes, you can. However, you will need much time to research Canadian immigration laws. You will also need to be very careful in preparing your immigration application. If your application is weak or incomplete, it may be rejected and delay your immigration plans to Canada and cost additional costs to you.

Do immigration lawyers really help?

Yes. Canadian immigration lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to understand the complex immigration laws of Canada. They can prepare a strong visa application for their clients, and in cases of unfair refusal, they can help their clients go to court to overturn that visa refusal.

Can an immigration lawyer speed up the process in Canada?

A Canadian immigration lawyer can prepare a strong visa application and prevent unnecessary delays in your file. An immigration lawyer usually cannot force Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada to process your file faster.

If there have been unreasonably long delays in processing your visa application, an immigration lawyer can take your file to court to obtain a mandamus order. A mandamus order is an order of the Federal Court of Canada to force an immigration office to decide on a file by a specific date.

 How much do Canadian immigration consultants charge?

Depending on the matter, a Canadian immigration consultant might charge an average hourly rate of between $300 to $500 or charge a flat fee.

For example, we charge a flat fee of $3000 for making a tourist visa application and charge hourly for complex immigration appeals. 
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