Canadian Immigration has opportunities for tradespeople applying for the Federal Skilled Worker visa

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Canada has a large demand for tradespeople and those looking to emigrate can apply under the Federal Skilled Worker program. The program is for tradespeople, professionals and other skilled migrants who are not sponsored by an employer and have skills in occupations listed on the Priority Occupation List for the Canadian skilled worker visa category.

The government uses a Priority Occupation List with occupations deemed in demand by the Canadian Government; There is an ongoing national skills shortage in a number of areas. Skilled workers are people who are selected as permanent residents based on their ability to become economically established in Canada.

Skilled workers who meet the visa program's requirements and have at least one year of continuous full-time or equivalent part-time paid work experience within the last ten years can apply for a visa under the Federal Skilled Worker program. Applicants also need to pass the official language proficiency test in order to apply.

If your occupation is listed on the Priority Occupation List, you are eligible for skilled migration to Canada without needing to have a job offer from a Canadian employer. In addition, processing times are quite quick; You may be able to gain entry to Canada within months of beginning the application process.

Here is a partial list of some priority occupations that are in demand in Canada and available for skilled tradespeople to apply for visas:
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades & Mechanic Trades
  • Electricians
  • Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
In order to qualify, completion of secondary school is usually required. Additionally applicants should have completed an apprenticeship program and have trade certification.

Once your application is submitted to Canadian Immigration and Citizenship, it will be processed according to the six selection factors in the skilled worker points grid, which are:
  • your education
  • your abilities in English and/or French
  • your work experience
  • your age
  • whether you have arranged employment in Canada, and
  • your adaptability
For the complete list of occupations on the Priority Occupation list please visit our information page.

There are many ways to immigrate to Canada. If you don't meet the criteria to apply under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you may qualify under another category. If you would like to apply for Canada's Federal Skilled Worker program can help. is a specialist visa consultancy with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. We can help with a wide range of visa applications to your country of choice. Please feel free to contact us for further details.