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IRCC Issued 500 ITAs to Express Entry Candidates under Federal Skilled Trades Category on 16th October, 2019

March 25 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

IRCC Issued 500 ITAs to Express Entry Candidates under FSTC


In the latest Express Entry draw held on 16th October 2019, the Canadian Government has invited 500 candidates from the Federal Skilled Trades category. Surprisingly, the minimum cut off score in the latest draw was 357 points and is considered to be on the lower side. But, all those candidates who have scored 357 or above points are invited to apply for a PR visa of Canada.

Like every other Express Entry draw, a tie-break rule was used for this program-specific Express Entry draw as well. The IRCC, also known as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has used the 4th March 2019 results as a tiebreaker, which was declared at 20:36:42 UTC. Well, this is quite obvious that all those candidates under the Federal Skilled Trades category who have submitted their EE profile pool before the said date and time and have scored 357 CRS points or above, will get their Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency of Canada.


Now, if we come back to the low score requirements, then it is evident that for most of the Express Entry-aligned PNP streams too come up with low score requirements in comparison to federal all-program draws. Similar is the case with today s cut-off score of 357 points, which was 81 points lower than the cutoff score of 438 points in the last Express Entry draw (all-program).

Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

This Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) of Canada is a permanent residence pathway designed for all those foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Canada and possess relevant skilled trade experience.

Eligibility Criteria for Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

  • He or she must have a full-time job offer with 1-year validity and minimum 30 hours working time per week from a minimum of 2 Canadian employers at least one year or he or she can also provide a qualification certificate from a territorial or provincial body.
  • He or she must show a language proficiency proof
  • He or she must have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in any skilled trade
  • He or she must demonstrate the experience and skills that they have performed as important duties in the designated occupation

Check: Express Entry Quarterly Report 2019?

List of Eligible Occupations for Federal Skilled Trades Class

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, Electrical And Construction Trades,
  • Major Group 73: maintenance and equipment operation trades,
  • Major Group 82: supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production,
  • Major Group 92: processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators,
  • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks, and
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers

Please note, any FSTC candidate who wishes to settle down and work in the province of Quebec has to apply for a separate immigration program in Quebec. The province selects its own set of skilled workers via its unique program.

In case you are also planning to immigrate to Canada, please visit Canada PR Avenue for more information. You may drop us an e-mail at info@canadapravenue.com and one of our representatives will connect with you shortly.


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