Documents Required for Canadian PR Immigration Applications: Express Entry – Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Navigating the documents required for a Canadian PR immigration application under the Express Entry category can be complex. At Immigration Nation, our goal is to make this process easier for you. In this guide, our experts at Immigration Nation will break down the required documents for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), detailing the specifications necessary for a successful application.

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an immigration pathway designed to address labor shortages in various skilled trades across Canada. It allows qualified tradespersons from around the world to immigrate to Canada permanently. The FSTP is part of the Express Entry system, which manages applications for permanent residence from skilled workers​

Eligibility Requirements

Work ExperienceMinimum 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) in a skilled trade within the last 5 years.
Language ProficiencyMinimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in speaking and listening, and CLB 4 in reading and writing​.
Job Offer/CertificateA valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year or a Certificate of Qualification in your skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial, or federal authority​.
Proof of FundsSufficient funds to support yourself and your family unless you have a valid job offer or are currently working legally in Canada​.
AdmissibilityMust be admissible to Canada based on medical and security checks.

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Required Documents for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

General Requirements

  1. Express Entry Profile:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Create and submit an Express Entry profile online through the IRCC portal. Ensure all information is accurate and complete.
  2. Passport:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Provide a clear, color copy of the bio data page of your valid passport. This page must include your photo, name, date of birth, and passport expiry date. Ensure the passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date you plan to enter Canada.
  3. Language Test Results:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Provide valid language test results from an approved testing agency (IELTS, CELPIP for English; TEF, TCF for French). Test results must be less than two years old​
  4. Job Offer/Certificate of Qualification:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Provide a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a Certificate of Qualification issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial, or federal authority
  5. Proof of Work Experience:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Provide reference letters from previous employers detailing your job title, duties, dates of employment, and salary.
      Ensure the letters are on official company letterhead and include contact information for verification​.
  6. Proof of Funds:

    • Who Needs It: All applicants (unless exempt).

    • Specifications: Provide bank statements, investment statements, or other financial documents to demonstrate sufficient funds to support yourself and your family

Proof of Funds Requirement Table:

umber of Family MembersRequired Funds (CAD)
Each additional member$3,586

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  1. Police Certificates:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Obtain police certificates from each country where you have lived for six months or more since the age of 18. Certificates must be recent (typically within six months) and translated into English or French if necessary​
  2. Medical Examination:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Undergo a medical examination by a panel physician approved by IRCC. The results are sent directly to the visa office by the physician​
  3. Photos:
    • Who Needs It: All applicants.
    • Specifications: Provide two recent passport-sized photos following IRCC specifications:
      • Size: 50 mm wide x 70 mm high.
      • Head Size: The head height should be between 31 mm and 36 mm.
      • Color: The photo must be in color and taken against a plain white or light-colored background.
      • Quality: The image must be clear, sharp, and in focus with a neutral expression (no smiling, mouth closed).
      • Other: No shadows, glare, or digital alterations are allowed. Glasses should not have tinted lenses, and head coverings are only permitted for religious reasons, ensuring the full face is visible​.
    • These amounts must be proven through official letters from banks or financial institutions where the money is held. The letters must include:

      -The financial institution’s contact information (address, phone number, and email).
      -Your name.
      -List of outstanding debts such as credit card debts and loans.
      -Account numbers.
      -The date each account was opened.
      -The current balance of each account.
      -The average balance for the past six months

How to Apply for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

  1. Determine Eligibility:
    • Review the eligibility criteria for the Federal Skilled Trades Program to ensure compliance.
  2. Gather Required Documents:
    • Collect all necessary forms and supporting documents as listed above.
  3. Create and Submit Express Entry Profile:
    • Fill out and submit your Express Entry profile online through the IRCC portal​
  4. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA):
    • If eligible, you will receive an ITA. Follow the instructions to complete your application for permanent residence.
  5. Submit Complete Application Package:
    • Compile and submit all required documents, including police certificates, medical examination results, and proof of funds, within 60 days of receiving your ITA​
  6. Pay Application Fees:
    • Pay the applicable fees online and include the receipt in your application package.
      • Processing Fee: $825
      • Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF): $515
      • Total (including RPRF): $1,340 CAD
      • Biometrics Fee: $85 per person or $170 per family (if applicable)​
  7. Wait for Processing:
    • Monitor your application status and respond promptly to any additional information requests from IRCC.


Navigating the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) process for Canadian PR immigration applications can be challenging, but with the right guidance and thorough preparation, you can ensure a smooth and successful application. At Immigration Nation, our goal is to simplify this process for you. We have outlined the key eligibility requirements, necessary documents, and application steps to help you understand and meet the criteria set by IRCC.

By ensuring that all required documents are complete, accurate, and submitted on time, you can avoid common pitfalls and delays. It’s crucial to stay informed about the latest requirements and guidelines to make sure your application is up-to-date and comprehensive.

If you seek further guidance with your application process, please feel free to contact us at Immigration Nation, where our team of experts will ensure your application is prepared for success!

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