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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      Your Immigration Expert Post author

      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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      Your Immigration Expert Post author

      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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