Federal Skilled

Express Entry

Express Entry is an electronic management application designed for immigration, it involves the Federal and Provincial Governments along with Canadian Employers. The program is not an immigration program or a type of visa, rather it’s a system used to help with the selection and process of Canada’s immigration programs. Express Entry is used for several programs including the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class.

Federal Skilled Trades

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become Canadian Permanent Residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Federal Skilled Trades– Eligibility

The minimum criteria that must be met in order to qualify you as eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades include:

Meeting the minimum required scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam in

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

Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) Have either an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a “Certificate of Qualification” in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority (not Quebec).

Skilled Work Experience

The Skilled Trades that are currently eligible for the Skilled Trades Program are under these major and minor groups of the NOC:

The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, all of which are NOC skill type B.

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you are required to show that you did the duties mentioned in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC.


The Federal Skilled Trades Program does not require you to have a post secondary education. However, if you hope to apply for Permanent Residence through the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you still want to obtain points under the education category through the Express Entry process.

This is because education is highly valued in the Express Entry process, an applicant could receive up to 150 points depending on their education. If you want to earn points under Express Entry you need

a Canadian post-secondary certificate/diploma


A completed foreign education with a Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from any agency approved by the CIC.

Language ability

To be eligible for Permanent Residence Visa under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you must meet the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) minimum of 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.

All Express Entry applicants must take the IELTS exam, it is required that each applicant submits their IELTS results. Applicants who are proficient in French receive additional points.

What’s next?

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