The Canadian government invited 500 Federal Skilled Trades Class Applicants with Comprehensive Ranking Scores (CRS) as low as 332 to apply for permanent residence in Canada under new Express Entry draw held May 15.
The program-specific draw was the first since 24th of September, 2018 to target applicants in the Federal Skilled Trades Class, which is open to foreign nationals with a certificate of qualification that proves they are qualified for the job in a skilled trade occupation in Canada OR an eligible job offer in Canada.
Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class falls under the following categories of National Occupational Classification (NOC) of Canada:
The Federal Skilled Trades Class is one of three economic-class immigration programs run by the Canadian Express Entry system, with the other two being the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class.
Under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of Express Entry, eligible candidates are given a score based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and English or French skills and entered into the Express Entry pool.
Candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class with experience in an eligible trade would have been considered in May 15th draw if they declared their skilled trade experience and had the required qualification certificate or job offer.
Unlike all-program invitation rounds that draw from the entire Express Entry pool and tend to result in higher cut-off scores, niche drawings for a specific cohort can produce lower cut-off scores as they target a smaller pool of candidates.
May 15th draw cut-off score of 332 was 106 points lower than this year’s lowest cut-off score in an all-program Express Entry draw, which was 438.