When a candidate receives an invitation to apply to the Federal Skilled Trades category under the Express Entry system, Citizenship and Immigration Canada uses the following criteria to assess the application:
- The candidate MUST meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing and listening);
- The candidate MUST 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;
- The candidate MUST meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification; and
- The Candidate MUST have 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.
Please note that our office has extensive experience with the Federal Skilled Trades category and assisting clients with obtaining trade certificates from the relevant authority.