Skilled Employment

Skilled Employment

by Northen Road, January 14th, 2022

Canada has a very diverse economy wherein millions of people are employed in jobs of all sorts. Canada is a place where people of all academic and professional backgrounds can strive to achieve great things. When you apply for a work visa for Canada, you’re unlocking a bright new professional future.

Did you know that many of the jobs found in Canada can lead you to qualify for a permanent resident for you and your family? That’s right. You could immigrate to Canada under one of the skilled categories when you meet the required work experience.

What type of jobs can qualify for the permanent residence visa?

Not all jobs are classified equally. For example, some jobs may not qualify you for permanent residence in Canada, especially at entry-level or requiring low skills. The Government of Canada uses the National Occupation Classification list to classify the different employment types.

Jobs in the NOC categories 0, A, or B only can qualify for you to immigrate to Canada under one of the skilled categories. See the chart below.

Skill type 0 = Management jobs. This includes science, manufacturing, construction, business, trades, or even food and beverage jobs. The position can vary from entry-level to specialized management and qualify as skilled work experience for the Express Entry scoring.

Skill type A = Professional jobs that usually require a university or college degree. Highly skilled workers and licensed professionals would fall within this skill type of the Express Entry program.

Skill type B = Technical or skilled trades jobs that usually require a college education or specialized apprenticeship training such as plumbers or electricians. You can accumulate points in the Express Entry scoring system for these types of jobs.

Before you apply for your new job and apply for a work visa for Canada, make sure to review the job description and compare it with the NOC list. This can save you time and effort if your goal is to work and eventually immigrate to Canada.

How do I know my job falls within the correct category?

Use the NOC list and search for your intended job. Use keywords that are simple to use and review the possible job match from the list. Once you have found the closest job definition on the NOC list, look at the classification and see if your employment falls within the categories 0, A, or B.

Can I still work in Canada even though my job is not listed in the 3 categories?

Yes, you can. Not having a job within the NOC categories 0, A, or B skills sets does not mean you cannot apply for a work visa for Canada. If you intend on taking a lower-skill job in Canada, your work permit will permit you to work in Canada legally. You will not be able to count this work experience for permanent residence, but if you intend on staying in Canada permanently, you can still do so if you find a new job that falls within the 3 categories.

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