Immigrate to Canada as a Welder

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Welder?

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).

The code for Welders on the NOC is 7237

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.

If you are a qualified welder, take our Free Online Visa Assessment and take the first step in your journey to Canada.

Welders looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7237, might be employed under work titles including:

acetylene welder

aircraft welder

apprentice welder

arc welder

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

blowtorch operator

blowtorch welder

boiler welder


brazer and hammerer

brazing machine operator

brazing machine setter

cable welder

combination welder

dielectric welder

downhand welder – pipeline

drilling platform welder

drilling rig welder

electric arc welder

electric spot welder

electric spot welder operator

electric spot-welding machine operator

fabrication welder

fit-up welder

flame-brazing machine operator

flame-brazing machine setter

flash butt welder

furnace brazer

furnace solderer

gas and arc welder

gas brazer

gas welder

gas-shielded arc welder

gas-shielded arc welding machine operator

general welder

hand arc welder

hand electric arc welder

hand resistance welder

heliarc welder

hot gas welder

hydrogen braze furnace man/woman

hydrogen braze furnace operator

induction brazer operator

induction solderer

industrial welder

iron brazer

jig welder-fitter

journeyman/woman welder

laser beam machine-welder operator

laser beam welder

laser beam welding machine operator

laser welding operator

lead burner

lead welder

machine operator – welding, brazing and soldering

machine type solderer

machine welder

maintenance welder

mesh-welding machine operator

metal brazier and heater

metal inert gas (MIG) welder

metal solderer

metal straightener and heater

metal welder

oxyacetylene torch welder

oxyacetylene welder

oxyhydrogen welder

pipeline welder

portable spot welder

precision welder

pressure vessel welder

production induction brazier

production line solderer

production line spot welder

production line welder

production spot welder

production welder

radio-frequency welder

resistance brazer

resistance seam welder

resistance welder

resistance welder tender

resistance welder-setter

resistance welding machine setter

resistance welding set-up man/woman

rig welder

shielded-metal arc welder

side seaming tender



soldering machine operator

spot resistance welder

spot welder

submerged arc welder

submerged arc welding machine operator

tack welder

thermite welder

TIG (tungsten inert gas) welder

tool and die welder

torch brazer

torch brazing machine setter

torch welder

tungsten inert gas (TIG) welder

type-soldering machine tender

vibration welder


welder apprentice

welder operator



welding lay-out man/woman

welding machine operator

wire welder

All these roles held by welders are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7237 to immigrate to Canada as a welder.

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.

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.  We will be able to confirm that you have the skills to immigrate to Canada as a welder.

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).

Welding Qualifications Requirements to Immigrate to Canada

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.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Welder

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 welder 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.

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.

How to get registered to move to Canada as a welder.

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.

Can I Immigrate to Canada as a welder 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 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.

Welding Jobs in Canada

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.

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