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    In order to provide a specific immigration pathway for skilled trades professionals, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) in 2013.

    One of three federal economic initiatives run by the Express Entry system of the Government of Canada is the FSTP.

    Express Entry is the primary channel through which Canada accepts talented immigrants from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

    With an average of 110,000 yearly immigration spaces designated to Express Entry, Canada plans to accept over 400,000 new immigrants per year under its Immigration Levels Plan.

    What advantages does the FSTP offer?

    The FSTP is a component of a significant initiative by the federal and provincial governments to attract more skilled tradesmen to Canada in order to overcome a labor shortage in those professions.

    Canada is increasingly depending on immigration to support its labor force and economic growth because of its aging population and low birth rate. There is a pressing need for workers in the skilled crafts. Numerous advantages come with applying for immigration to Canada through the FSTP.

    Successful FSTP applicants can typically get their permanent residency under Express Entry in less than six months.

    Because they are not required to provide documentation of their educational background, FSTP applicants may have lower CRS scores than other applicants in the Express Entry pool. However, from time to time, IRCC conducts Express Entry drawings for particular programs that exclusively accept FSTP applicants.

    Also, You have a good chance of succeeding on the Canadian job market if you are an FSTP candidate with Canadian work experience. Candidates who have both worked and studied in Canada are awarded extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points by IRCC.

    Having said all these, if you want to get right into the process of applications under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, do check here.

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