If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Welder you’re in luck! Welders 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 welder, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Welders are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Welders in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).
This is great news for qualified Welders 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 welder looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Welders from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Welder Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Welders looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7237, might be employed under work titles including:
arc welder – pipeline
assembler tack welder
auto body solderer
automated welding machine operator – flash butt process
automatic welding machine operator
aviation welding technician
battery lead burner
battery lead-burner operator
brazer and hammerer
brazing machine operator
brazing machine setter
downhand welder – pipeline
drilling platform welder
drilling rig welder
electric arc welder
electric spot welder
electric spot welder operator
electric spot-welding machine operator
flame-brazing machine operator
flame-brazing machine setter
flash butt welder
gas and arc welder
gas-shielded arc welder
gas-shielded arc welding machine operator
hand arc welder
hand electric arc welder
hand resistance welder
hot gas welder
hydrogen braze furnace man/woman
hydrogen braze furnace operator
induction brazer operator
laser beam machine-welder operator
laser beam welder
laser beam welding machine operator
laser welding operator
machine operator – welding, brazing and soldering
machine type solderer
mesh-welding machine operator
metal brazier and heater
metal inert gas (MIG) welder
metal straightener and heater
oxyacetylene torch welder
portable spot welder
pressure vessel welder
production induction brazier
production line solderer
production line spot welder
production line welder
production spot welder
resistance seam welder
resistance welder tender
resistance welding machine setter
resistance welding set-up man/woman
shielded-metal arc welder
side seaming tender
soldering machine operator
spot resistance welder
submerged arc welder
submerged arc welding machine operator
TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder
tool and die welder
torch brazing machine setter
tungsten inert gas (TIG) welder
type-soldering machine tender
welding lay-out man/woman
welding machine operator
In general, welders moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Read and interpret blueprints or welding process specifications
Operate manual or semi-automatic welding equipment to fuse metal segments using processes such as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), flux-cored arc welding (FCAW), plasma arc welding (PAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), oxy-acetylene welding (OAW), resistance welding and submerged arc welding (SAW)
Operate manual or semi-automatic flame-cutting equipment
Operate brazing and soldering equipment
Operate metal shaping machines such as brakes, shears and other metal straightening and bending machines
Repair worn parts of metal products by welding on extra layers.
Welders may specialize in certain types of welding such as custom fabrication, shipbuilding and repair, aerospace precision welding, pressure vessel welding, pipeline construction welding, structural construction welding, or machinery and equipment repair welding.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Welders Canada desk that only represents qualified welders 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).
In the UK, for example, 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 Welder 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 welding skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Welder 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 Welder Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your welding skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a welder in Canada from day one.
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Welders 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.
Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Welder 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.
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the welder’s code 7237 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. Welder jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Welders 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.
Emigrate Canada are the Welder 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 welder. Make the move now.