This is for people intending to become permanent residents on grounds of qualifying in a skilled trade and 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 your application. They 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 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. Additionally they must meet the minimum level of CLB 5 (English) or NCLC 5 (French) for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 (English) or NCLC 4 (French) for reading and writing through a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and include the results at time of submitting their Express Entry profile if they are invited to apply for permanent residence. If  not, they will not be eligible for Express Entry. The test results must be less than two years old when we get your application for permanent residence. Please Click Here  to complete our questionnaire in order to determine your eligibility for Federals Skilled Trade program.

Eligible Trades List

The list is organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC:

  • 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 utilities supervisors and central control operators,
    • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks, and
    • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers.
    These major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations. (All are NOC skill type B.)
  • 7251 Plumbers
    • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    • 7253 Gas fitters
    • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    • 7314 Railway carmen/women
    • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
    • 7371 Crane operators
    • 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
    • 7373 Water well drillers
    • 8231 Underground production and development miners
    • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
    • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators


There are a number of reasons you can be found inadmissible, denied a visa or refused entry to Canada under IRPA, such as:

  • security
    • human or international rights violations
    • criminality
    • organized criminality
    • health grounds
    • financial reasons
    • misrepresentation
    • non-compliance with IRPA or
    • having an inadmissible family member
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