Canada conducted the second FSTC (Federal Skilled Trades Class) draw of 2019 on 16th October. 500 trades candidates were invited with CRS scores as low as 357.
You can apply under the FSTC class if you have work experience in an eligible trade and hold a qualifying certificate that allows you to work in Canada. You must also have a job offer from Canada in an eligible trade to qualify.
The Federal Express Entry Program manages the following economic migration categories:
- FSWP (Federal Skilled Worker Program)
- FSTC (Federal Skilled Trades Class)
- CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
The previous trades-only Federal Express Entry draw was held on 15th May 2019. 500 invitations were issued with the minimum cut-off score of 332.
The previous 2nd October draw included all programs and issued 3900 invitations. The admission target for 2019 and 2020 has been increased, which could make larger draws more frequent.
Typically, when Canada holds all-program draws, IRCC targets the entire Express Entry Pool. This results in a high cut-off score.
However, when the draws are program-specific, only a small pool of candidates are targeted. This causes the minimum cut-off score to dip.
The lowest cut-off that the Express Entry Program has seen in 2019 is 438. The 16th October FSTC draw had a cut-off of 357 which was 81 points lower than the lowest Express Entry cut-off of 2019.
The latest 16th October draw also used the tie-break rule and used the date and time as 4th March 2019 at 20:36:42 UTC. All FSTC candidates who had a score of 357 or above and submitted their EOI before the above date and time were issued an invitation.
The 16th October draw reminds us that even candidates with low scores can explore different routes of getting invited in the Express Entry Program.
Many Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada have separate streams that are aligned with the Federal Express Entry Program. For instance, Alberta held its latest draw where it invited Express Entry candidates with CRS scores as low as 400. The previous draw held by Alberta invited candidates with scores as less as 300.
Some PNPs in Canada do not use the CRS scores at all. They use their unique points-grid to score eligible candidates. Manitoba and British Columbia use their own points grid to score candidates.
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