If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Plasterer you’re in the right place! Plasterers are in high demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Federal Skilled Trades 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 plasterer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
Plasterers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Plasterers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the occupations list, known as the National Occupation Code List (NOC).
This is great news for qualified Plasterers looking to immigrate to Canada.
Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class, it’s the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and as a plasterer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Express Entry for Plasters can be best described as the filtering system used by the Canadian Government to choose who they want to issue Permanent Residency to, so it’s important we get it right first times, and that we make your case as strong as possible.
Plasterers can apply for Express Entry providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Plasterers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7284, might be employed under work titles including:
acoustic tile and drywall installer
acoustic tile installer
acoustical ceiling installer
apprentice drywall applicator
ceiling system installer
drywall and acoustic mechanic
drywall and ceiling system installer
drywall and lather applicator
drywall finisher apprentice
drywall installer and finisher
drywall installer and finisher apprentice
drywall installer lead hand
drywall installer team leader
drywall interior systems installer
drywall nailing person
gypsum plasterboard applicator
interior drywall installer
interior systems installer, drywall
journeyman/woman drywall installer
lather (interior systems mechanic)
wall and ceiling installer
All these roles held by plasterers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7284
In general, to immigrate to Canada as a plasterer, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Clean and prepare surfaces
Mix plaster ingredients in trough to desired consistency
Apply, level and smooth coats of plaster using trowels, floats, brushes and spraying equipment
Trowel or spray coats of stucco over exteriors of buildings to form weatherproof surfaces
Finish corners and angles and create decorative designs in finish coat, if required
Cure freshly plastered surfaces
Mould and install ornamental plaster panels, cornices and trim
Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls and ceilings.
Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings
Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists
Cut and install metal corner beads to protect exterior corners
Fill joints, nail indentations, holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and broad knife
Tape over joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound
Smooth out excess compound and allow coat to dry
Apply successive coats of compound and sand seams and joints
Fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical and coffered ceilings.
Prepare wall and ceiling layouts
Install metal stud framing and furring for interior drywall or plaster walls and ceilings, using hand and power tools
Attach metal or gypsum lath to studs or furring using nails, screws, clips or wire ties
Cut openings in lath for heating and ventilation piping, ducts and electrical outlets
Install corner beads and wire mesh around beams to which plaster is to be applied
May install acoustic tile, hangers for suspended ceilings and metal studs for composition wallboard or lath.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Plasterers Canada desk that represents qualified plasterers 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).
If you’re a plasterer in the UK we’ll be looking for NVQ Level II as a minimum
From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal
We’re happy to represent Plasterer 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.
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)
Your partner’s skills
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
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.
The process of getting your Plastering skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Plasterer 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 Plasterer Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your plastering skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a plasterer in Canada from day one.
How to get registered to immigrate to Canada as a Plasterer
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Plasterers 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.
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.
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.
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the plasterer’s code 7284 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. Plasterer jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Plasterers 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 County. The relevant Union for plasterers in Canada is the Operational Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association of the United States and Canada.
Emigrate Canada are the Plasterer 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.
There has never been a better time to Immigrate to Canada as a Plasterer. Canada is Calling.
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