Immigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

Can I Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler?

If you’re looking to Emigrate to Canada as a cobbler you’re in luck! Cobblers are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.

No doubt you will have read online that having a job offer to move to Canada is a prerequisite to accessing the Express Entry process but as a cobbler, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Cobblers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Cobblers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).

The code for cobblers on the NOC is 6343

This is great news for qualified cobblers the world over hoping to live and work in Canada.

Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class at all, it is simply the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and in that case, as a cobbler looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

Cobblers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Cobbler Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.

Cobblers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 6343, might be employed under work titles including:

boot repairer



custom shoemaker

orthopedic shoe repairman/woman

orthopedic shoemaker

shoe dyer

shoe mender – retail

shoe repairer

shoe repairer – retail


All these roles held by cobblers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 6343

Tasks for those looking to Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

In general cobblers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:


Discuss type of footwear to be made and obtain measurements from customer

Select patterns and leather or other material and outline and cut patterns

Select or assemble lasts, fasten insoles to lasts and sew or glue other parts into place

Trim, dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes

Estimate custom footwear costs and receive payment from customers

May supervise other shoemakers and shoe repairers.

Shoe repairers

Repair soles, heels and other parts of footwear using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials and equipment

Repair belts, luggage, purses and similar products

Estimate footwear repair costs and take payment.

Whilst the above is meant as a general guide, take our free online visa assessment for further information and be sure to list out your skills and qualifications in detail.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Trades Canada desk that helps qualified cobblers immigrate to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).

Qualifications Required to Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

In the UK, for example, we’ll be looking for Completion of High School, trade education and work experience.

From South Africa, you will not be expected to hold your Red Seal.  It will come down to the length and quality of your experience and trade education.

We’re happy to represent Cobbler clients from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.

How to Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System.

CRS Points are awarded for (amongst other things)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67

Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as a cobbler from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.

Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application so under no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified through different testing, education equivalence certificates and skilled trades assessments.

Once you are invited to apply for your Canada Visa you cannot go back and have these things verified retrospectively, they must be done before you claim any points for them and given that your express entry profile is only valid for one year it makes sense to present the best possible case right from the start.

Skills Assessment to Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

The process of getting your cobbling skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Cobbler Skills Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

Canada Cobbler Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your cobbler skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a cobbler in Canada from day one.

How to get registered to Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler 

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated cobblers Canada account manager will arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.

Can I Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler without a job offer?

The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Cobbler Canada Express Entry profile.

Of course, securing a job offer (documented in the right way for immigration purposes i.e. LMT) will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Cobbler Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the cobblers code 6343 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Cobbler jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Cobblers in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the Country.

The Canadian Footwear Journal has extensive information on the footwear industry in Canada.

Emigrate Canada are the Cobbler Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Trades desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Emigrate to Canada as a Cobbler

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Dr. Montague John (PhD), is one of the World’s leading Canadian Immigration experts. Affectionately known as “Monty” he established more than 25 years ago and it has grown to be one of the most reliable sources of Canada Immigration information.

In 2022 Dr. Montague John (PhD) published his book, “How to Immigrate to Canada” as, which featured as Bestseller in its Category for several weeks. Montague co-ordinates all the qualified contributors at and serves as Editor-in-Chief.