Electricians are in demand right across Canada. You may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer when you apply to emigrate.
Having a job offer to move to Canada is helpful for the Express Entry process. Although as an electrician you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa.
Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class. It is the method Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency. As an electrician you’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Electricians are eligible to make an Express Entry for Electrician Canada Residency if they have the right skills, experience and qualifications.
In general electricians moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
- Assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment.
- Interpret diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for installations.
- Pull wire through conduits and holes.
- Install brackets and hangers.
- Install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment.
- Join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits.
- Circuit testing.
- Troubleshooting and isolation of faults.
- Conduct preventive maintenance programs.
You may either be a domestic, industrial or commercial electrician or have skills that are more relevant to an offshore environment.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Electricians Canada resource that can help qualified electricians immigrate to Canada.
Electrical Qualifications Requirements to Immigrate to Canada
- From the UK you will need NVQ Level III
- From South Africa you will be expected to hold your Red Seal
- Germans will be expected to have done their Ausbildungsberufe
- Electricians from France will need to have done their electrical AFPA
How to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrician
The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points, which must equal 67.
CRS Points are awarded for:
- English ability.
- French ability.
- Your partner’s skills.
- Work experience.
Once you receive an Invitation to apply from Canadian Immigration you have 60 days to lodge a formal application. In no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified. You can secure these points 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 it makes sense to present the best possible case from the start.
The process of getting your electrical skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Electrician Skills Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS.
Canada Electrician Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification which means that you’ll be qualified to work as an electrician in Canada from day one.
How to get registered as an electrician in Canada to immigrate
As part of your immigration process you will need to arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process and more information can be found here
Can I emigrate with Electrician Canada without a job offer?
Yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold.
Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit an Electrician Canada Express Entry profile. The lowest points scores to have been invited to apply have happened at 450 CRS points. 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.
Electrician Jobs in Canada
New, qualified and highly skilled Permanent Residents of Canada can work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Electricians in Canada are often better paid than other countries. Canadian employment law respects the work life balance.
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