Immigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater

Can I Emigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater?

If you’re looking to Emigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater you’re in luck! Panel beaters 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 panel beater, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Panel beaters are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Panel beaters 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 Panel beaters on the NOC is 7322

This is great news for qualified Panel beaters 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 panel beaters looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

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

Panel beaters looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7322, might be employed under work titles including:

antique car body restorer

antique vehicle body restorer

apprentice painter – motor vehicle repair

auto glass installer

autobody mechanic

autobody repairer

autobody technician

autobody technician – collision

autobody technician – refinishing

autobody worker

automobile body repairman/woman

automobile damage repair estimator

automobile polisher-sander – motor vehicle repair

automotive body mechanic

automotive body painter

automotive body repairer

automotive body repairer-painter

automotive body technician

automotive glass technician

automotive painter – motor vehicle repair

automotive painter apprentice

automotive painting and refinishing technician

automotive repair shop estimator

body and fender repairer – automobile

body and fender repairman/woman – automobile

collision repair technician

dent remover and repairer – automobile

dingman/woman – autobody

journeyman/woman motor vehicle body repairer

metal finish and touch-up repairer – motor vehicle manufacturing

metal finisher – motor vehicle manufacturing

metal repairer – motor vehicle manufacturing

metal upgrader – motor vehicle manufacturing

motor repair vehicle painter apprentice

motor vehicle apprentice painter

motor vehicle body finisher

motor vehicle body repairer

motor vehicle body repairer – collision

motor vehicle body repairer – metal and paint

motor vehicle body repairer – refinishing

motor vehicle body repairer apprentice

motor vehicle body repair-painter

motor vehicle body technician

motor vehicle body technician – truck

motor vehicle painter – motor vehicle repair

painter – motor vehicle repair

used car renovator

All these roles held by panel beater are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7322

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater

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

Review damage report and estimates of repair cost and plan work to be performed

Repair and replace front end components, body components, doors and frame and underbody components

Hammer out dents, buckles and other defects using blocks and hammers

Operate soldering equipment or use plastic filler to fill holes, dents and seams

Remove damaged fenders, panels and grills using wrenches and cutting torch and bolt or weld replacement parts into place

Straighten bent frames using frame and underbody pulling and anchoring equipment

File, grind and sand repaired body surfaces using hand and power tools

Mask and tape auto body surfaces in preparation for painting

Mix paint, blend and match colours

Apply primers and repaint surfaces using brush or spray guns

Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs

Repair or replace interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floorboard insulation

Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive vehicles for proper handling.

Whilst the above is meant as a general guide do 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 Panel beater Canada desk that only represents qualified panel beaters 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 Immigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater

In the U, for example,e we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III

From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal

We’re happy to represent panel beater 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 Immigrate to Canada as a Panel beater

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 panel beater 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 Panel Beater

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

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

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Panel Beater 

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Panel beaters 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 Panel Beater 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 Panel beater 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.

Panel beater Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the panel beaters code 7322 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. Panel beater jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally Panel beaters 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.

Canada as a Motor Collision industry accreditation Program.  Any Panel Beater looking to start their own shop once they have emigrated to Canada should look into the accreditation required.

Emigrate Canada are the Panel beater 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 Panel beater

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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.