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Federal Skilled Trades - NEW!

As of today, January 2, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") has started accepting applications in the new Federal Skilled Trades category for permanent residence.

At present, eligible occupations are limited to NOC B major groups: 72, 73, 82 and 92. There are currently 43 such occupations listed, subdivided into two groups. Group "A" has a cap of 100 applications per occupation, whereas Group "B" has no cap. For a full list of eligible occupations, click here.

A maximum of 3000 applications will be accepted between January 2, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Program Requirements:

  1. Language proficiency
    • language test is mandatory (CELPIP or IELTS)
    • must meet the minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.
  2. Minimum 2 years of full-time experience (or equivalent part-time) in a listed occupation, gained within the last 5 years, after being qualified to independently practice in that occupation
  3. Meet that occupations employment requirements (except licensing) as described in the NOC
  4. Have a full-time job offer for at least 1 year in that occupation or hold a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade from a Canadian province
    • Job Offer is valid if:
      • You are currently in Canada on a valid LMO-based work permit, and the offer is made by the employer on that work permit, for the occupation on that work permit. Your work permit, and job offer, must be valid at the time you file the permanent residence application, and at the time the application is approved;
      • You are currently working in Canada on an LMO-exempt work permit if that work permit was obtained under an international agreement (eg. NAFTA) or a significant benefit category (eg. intra-company transferee). No other LMO-exempt work permits qualify.
      • You do not have a valid work permit, and are not authorized to work in Canada. Your employer must obtain an LMO in addition to providing the job offer
      • If you are currently working in Canada on a valid work permit, but the above situations do not apply, then the prospective employer must first obtain a positive LMO.
  5. Financial ability
    • You must demonstrate the ability to financially establish yourself. There is no minimum requirement to show funds available for this if you are already working in Canada and have arranged employment.


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