Express Entry

Express Entry Visas

The Canadian Immigration system manages several visa classes under the Express Entry system to manage immigration of skills that are in short supply in Canada. The first thing you will need to establish is whether or not your skills are currently in demand in Canada. There are 347 skills currently in demand in Canada. Each has a unique NOC or National Occupations Code and you can find out more about the duties and responsibilities along with the necessary qualifications required here and typing in the code next to your profession on the list below.

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Once confirmed that your skills are on the list you will need to meet further requirements which are each awarded points, from your age to your English language ability, spouses details and more to achieve 67 points or more. These are eventually translated into a further more detailed points system called the Comprehensive Ranking System where a person can achieve up to 1200 points. This is confusing to understand for many but does work with a little thought.

Your qualifications will also need to be assessed by the World Educational Service in Canada or WES, which is a private company. Unfortunately, they only assess academic records, so trade certificates will not be considered. Once you have received your qualifications Canadian equivalent you are free to submit an Expression Of Interest to the Canadian Immigration Authorities who will place your application into a pool of other candidates, for which they periodically select the highest ranking candidates and offer an Invitation To Apply for a visa.

This may all sound extremely convoluted and less that fast which the title Express Entry would lead you to believe at first glance but it is the process everyone has to follow. If you are outside Canada when you apply it has often proven difficult to be selected for a visa as they like people to have previously worked or studied in Canada and award extra points to those people. I would, therefore, suggest you may look at entering Canada as a student initially and then securing employment which will lead to a much stronger case with a far higher likelihood of success.

That said, if your skills are on the list below and you are under 35 years old and would like to pursue an application for Express Entry as a skilled worker we would be happy to assist you further.

Skills In Demand In Canada

    0011 Legislators
    0012 Senior government managers and officials
    0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
    0014 Senior managers – health, education, social and community services and membership or organisations
  0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
    0016 Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities
    0111 Financial managers
    0112 Human resources managers
    0113 Purchasing managers
    0114 Other administrative services managers
    0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
    0122 Banking, credit and other investment managers
    0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
    0125 Other business services managers
    0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
    0132 Postal and courier services managers
    0211 Engineering managers
    0212 Architecture and science managers
    0213 Computer and information systems managers
    0311 Managers in health care
    0411 Government managers – health and social policy development and program administration
    0412 Government managers – economic analysis, policy development and program administration
    0413 Government managers – education policy development and program administration
    0414 Other managers in public administration
    0421 Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training
    0422 School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education
    0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
    0431 Commissioned police officers
    0432 Fire chiefs and senior firefighting officers
    0433 Commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces
    0511 Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers
    0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
    0513 Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
    0601 Corporate sales managers
    0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
    0631 Restaurant and food service managers
    0632 Accommodation service managers
    0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
    0711 Construction managers
    0712 Home building and renovation managers
    0714 Facility operation and maintenance managers
    0731 Managers in transportation
    0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
    0821 Managers in agriculture
    0822 Managers in horticulture
    0823 Managers in aquaculture
    0911 Manufacturing managers
    0912 Utility managers
    1111 Financial auditors and accountants
    1112 Financial and investment analysts
    1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
    1114 Other financial officers
    1121 Human resources professionals
    1122 Professional occupations in business management consulting
    1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
    1211 Supervisors, general office and administrative support workers
    1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
    1213 Supervisors, library, correspondence and related information workers
    1214 Supervisors, mail and message distribution occupations
    1215 Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling coordination occupations
    1221 Administrative officers
    1222 Executive assistants
    1223 Human resources and recruitment officers
    1224 Property administrators
    1225 Purchasing agents and officers
    1226 Conference and event planners
    1227 Court officers and justices of the peace
    1228 Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
    1241 Administrative assistants
    1242 Legal administrative assistants
    1243 Medical administrative assistants
    1251 Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations
    1252 Health information management occupations
    1253 Records management technicians
    1254 Statistical officers and related research support occupations
    1311 Accounting technicians and bookkeepers
    1312 Insurance adjusters and claims examiners
    1313 Insurance underwriters
    1314 Assessors, valuators and appraisers
    1315 Customs, ship and other brokers
    2111 Physicists and astronomers
    2112 Chemists
    2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
    2114 Meteorologists and climatologists
    2115 Other professional occupations in physical sciences
    2121 Biologists and related scientists
    2122 Forestry professionals
    2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
    2131 Civil engineers
    2132 Mechanical engineers
    2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
    2134 Chemical engineers
    2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
    2142 Metallurgical and materials engineers
    2143 Mining engineers
    2144 Geological engineers
    2145 Petroleum engineers
    2146 Aerospace engineers
    2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
    2148 Other professional engineers, n.e.c.
    2151 Architects
    2152 Landscape architects
    2153 Urban and land use planners
    2154 Land surveyors
    2161 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
    2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
    2172 Database analysts and data administrators
    2173 Software engineers and designers
    2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
    2175 Web designers and developers
    2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
    2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
    2221 Biological technologists and technicians
    2222 Agricultural and fish products inspectors
    2223 Forestry technologists and technicians
    2224 Conservation and fishery officers
    2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
    2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
    2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
    2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
    2234 Construction estimators
    2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
    2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
    2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
    2244 Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
    2251 Architectural technologists and technicians
    2252 Industrial designers
    2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
    2254 Land survey technologists and technicians
    2255 Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
    2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
    2262 Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers
    2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
    2264 Construction inspectors
    2271 Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors
    2272 Air traffic controllers and related occupations
    2273 Deck officers, water transport
    2274 Engineer officers, water transport
    2275 Railway traffic controllers and marine traffic regulators
    2281 Computer network technicians
    2282 User support technicians
    2283 Information systems testing technicians
    3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
    3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
    3111 Specialist physicians
    3112 General practitioners and family physicians
    3113 Dentists
    3114 Veterinarians
    3121 Optometrists
    3122 Chiropractors
    3124 Allied primary health practitioners
    3125 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
    3131 Pharmacists
    3132 Dietitians and nutritionists
    3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
    3142 Physiotherapists
    3143 Occupational therapists
    3144 Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
    3211 Medical laboratory technologists
    3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
    3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
    3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
    3215 Medical radiation technologists
    3216 Medical sonographers
    3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
    3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
    3221 Denturists
    3222 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
    3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
    3231 Opticians
    3232 Practitioners of natural healing
    3233 Licensed practical nurses
    3234 Paramedical occupations
    3236 Massage therapists
    3237 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
    4011 University professors and lecturers
    4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
    4021 College and other vocational instructors
    4031 Secondary school teachers
    4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
    4033 Educational counsellors
    4111 Judges
    4112 Lawyers and Quebec notaries
    4151 Psychologists
    4152 Social workers
    4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
    4154 Professional occupations in religion
    4155 Probation and parole officers and related occupations
    4156 Employment counsellors
    4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
    4163 Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
    4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    4165 Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    4166 Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    4167 Recreation, sports and fitness policy researchers, consultants and program officers
    4168 Program officers unique to government
    4169 Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.
    4211 Paralegal and related occupations
    4212 Social and community service workers
    4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
    4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
    4216 Other instructors
    4217 Other religious occupations
    4311 Police officers (except commissioned)
    4312 Firefighters
    4313 Non-commissioned ranks of the Canadian Forces
    5111 Librarians
    5112 Conservators and curators
    5113 Archivists
    5121 Authors and writers
    5122 Editors
    5123 Journalists
    5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
    5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    5132 Conductors, composers and arrangers
    5133 Musicians and singers
    5134 Dancers
    5135 Actors and comedians
    5136 Painters, sculptors and other visual artists
    5211 Library and public archive technicians
    5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
    5221 Photographers
    5222 Film and video camera operators
    5223 Graphic arts technicians
    5224 Broadcast technicians
    5225 Audio and video recording technicians
    5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
    5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
    5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
    5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
    5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
    5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
    5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
    5244 Artisans and craftspersons
    5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
    5251 Athletes
    5252 Coaches
    5253 Sports officials and referees
    5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
    6211 Retail sales supervisors
    6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
    6222 Retail and wholesale buyers
    6231 Insurance agents and brokers
    6232 Real estate agents and salespersons
    6235 Financial sales representatives
    6311 Food service supervisors
    6312 Executive housekeepers
    6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
    6314 Customer and information services supervisors
    6315 Cleaning supervisors
    6316 Other services supervisors
    6321 Chefs
    6322 Cooks
    6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
    6332 Bakers
    6341 Hairstylists and barbers
    6342 Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners
    6343 Shoe repairers and shoemakers
    6344 Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations
    6345 Upholsterers
    6346 Funeral directors and embalmers
    7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
    7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
    7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
    7232 Tool and die makers
    7233 Sheet metal workers
    7234 Boilermakers
    7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
    7236 Ironworkers
    7237 Welders and related machine operators
    7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
    7242 Industrial electricians
    7243 Power system electricians
    7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
    7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
    7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
    7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians
    7251 Plumbers
    7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
    7253 Gasfitters
    7271 Carpenters
    7272 Cabinetmakers
    7281 Bricklayers
    7282 Concrete finishers
    7283 Tile setters
    7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
    7291 Roofers and shinglers
    7292 Glaziers
    7293 Insulators
    7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
    7295 Floor covering installers
    7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
    7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
    7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
    7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
    7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
    7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
    7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    7314 Railway Carmen/women
    7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
    7316 Machine fitters
    7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
    7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
    7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
    7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
    7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
    7333 Electrical mechanics
    7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
    7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
    7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
    7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women
    7371 Crane operators
    7372 Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
    7373 Water well drillers
    7381 Printing press operators
    7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
    8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
    8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
    8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
    8231 Underground production and development miners
    8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
    8241 Logging machinery operators
    8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialised livestock workers8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
    8261 Fishing masters and officers
    8262 Fishermen/women
    9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
    9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
    9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
    9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
    9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
    9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
    9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
    9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
    9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
    9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
    9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
    9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
    9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
    9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

While many of these skills are in high demand proving you have those skills and experience in your field while outside Canada can be a challenge. We have found trade skills especially difficult to work with in securing a visa for Canada and a further step of securing a Red Seal certificate in Canada is often required.

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      Your Immigration Expert Post author

      Working In Canada

      There are various visas which will allow you work in Canada. The first is as a skilled worker under the Express Entry scheme. If a person is able to secure enough points based on your age, qualifications and experience along with your English language ability and other criteria you could be invited to emigrate.

      Another popular option is to go on a student visa which will allow you to work 20 hours a week while studying and once you complete your studies you can stay on in Canada to work full time. The time allow depends on your course. Often a student visa leads to permanent residency and the Canadian Immigration authorities have now made it easier to enter as a student and remain permanently.

      Finally, you could secure a job offer and the employer could secure an LMIA – Labour Market Impact Assessment to show they need you and can not hire a resident in Canada. This again can lead to residency.

      If you would like more advice on securing a visa please open a topic in our forum.

  1. Tovin Rami

    Express Entry

    I am Looking for Canada migration through Express Entry. I have to urgently relocate to Canada and need some assistance. Can I get some information regarding the entire fee structure and rest of the procedures. It’s my dream country.

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      Canadian Express Entry

      Securing a Visa as a skilled worker to enter Canada under the Express Entry System is often less than fast or easy. Actually, I would suggest if you are outside Canada at the time of applying you may want to look at alternative ways to enter Canada with a view to securing permanent residency over time.

      I am not saying this to put you off and Canada currently are accepting record numbers to emigrate under the Express Entry programme but it still remains a complex visa application. Your comment has inspired me to write a new page on our site addressing the question of Express Entry to Canada and I hope you find it helpful and I also hope you qualify to apply. If you would like further assistance with your application, just ask.

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      Express Entry Requirements

      To Emigrate to Canada under the Express Entry system you need to first meet their immigration criteria. You can do this as a skilled worker, an investor or a student. Please check out our page on Express Entry page for more information on the ways you can secure your visa. The timescale will depend on several factors but none of them are fast. A student visa is the quickest visa to process but this may not be your preferred choice of visa.

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