Latest Express Entry draw issued invites to FSTP Candidates with Scores as low as 357

CIC invites Federal Skilled Trades applicants!

Note: ’In its 21st round of invites in 2019, CIC invites Federal Skilled Trades applicants in a draw with base score of 357 points. Under the trades steam, semi skilled workers like plumbers, electricians etc. can apply.’’

In its latest draw for skilled trades applicants, Canada has issued Invitations to Apply to 500 Federal Skilled Trades Program applicants. The draw, which took place on October 16, issued invites to those having a base Comprehensive Ranking System score of 357. The current base score is 25 points higher than the last skilled trades draw held on May 15th.

Canada has now issued invite to FSTP applicants around 67,800 in number in the year 2019, against a total of 81,400 invite issued to FSWP applicants. The present draw followed the CIC guideline of tiebreak with date and time being March 4, 2019 and 4.36 pm EST respectively. The tie-break is used to cut short the selection, for example the applicant having the base CRS score as well as the candidate who presented their Express Entry profiles before this date and time can get invites from the federal government.

All qualified Express Entry applicants are given a score under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that depends on certain personal credentials, for example, age, education, work experience and English or French skills. The qualified applicants are then picked up from the Express Entry pool.

This particular federal stream is different from other skilled streams like FSWP as its base CRS requirement is much below.Also, the level of education, language abilities, etc. is also below average. The applicant also has to showcase an official call letter/job offer from an employer/firm in Canada to be eligible to get an invite. Getting a job offer however, is not mandatory in case of FSWP.

The present cut-off score of 357 in the draw is 81 points lower than the cut-off score this year in the FSWP Express Entry draw, which stood at 438 points.

Like in case of FSWP, in case of trades draw too, CIC has mandate usage of tie break. This infers that all Federal Skilled Trades Class applicants with a CRS score more than 357, who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before this date and time, got an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian PR status. Note that those Express Entry applicants who have applied through FSWP stream, and having a lower CRS scores,cannot claim invite through FSTP. The FSTP draw is meant for applicants who have applied through this stream and have work capabilities in semi-skilled job profiles.

About: FST

The Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program is meant for those workers who want to come and settle Canada on the basis of their semi-skilled capabilities that are in-demand in the Canadian economy.This stream includes from artists to bakers, electricians to plumbers, etc. Like FSWP, this stream too judge applicants on the basis of CRS scores; but lower than FSWP.

FSTP Program Requirements

So as to be able to apply for the trade’s stream of express entry, an applicant must meet eligibility with respect to work experience, level of qualification and language skills, age, and offer letter from an employer with a contact of at least 1 year.

The applicant must meet the minimum score requirement, which is at least 67 points out of 100. This is same in case of other federal programs as well. This base requirement of 67 points is basic as it makes candidate eligible to file express entry and since both FSWP and FSTP are components of Express Entry system, applicant irrespective of stream must gather 67 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

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