If you’re looking to emigrate to Canada as a qualified Electrician you’re in luck! Electricians are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.
No doubt you will have read online that having a job offer to move to Canada is a prerequisite to easing the Express Entry process but as an electrician you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class at all, it is simply the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and in that case, as an electrician looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Electricians from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Electrician Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
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
-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 and whilst the above is meant as a general guide do take our free online visa assessment for further information and be sure to list out your skills and qualifications in detail.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Electricians Canada desk that only represents qualified electricians immigrate to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).
Electrical Qualifications Requirements to Immigrate to Canada
In the UK for example we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III although it is not essential to have completed your 2394 and 2395 testing and inspection certificates
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
We’re happy to represent Electrician clients from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.
How to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrician
The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System.
CRS Points are awarded for (amongst other things)
Your partner’s skills
As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67
Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as an electrician from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.
Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application so under no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified 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 for them and given that your express entry profile is only valid for one year it makes sense to present the best possible case right 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 and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.
Canada Electrician Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your electrical skills assessed 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 your dedicated Electricians Canada account manager will arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.
Can I emigrate with Electrician Canada without a job offer?
The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Visa.
Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit an Electrician Canada Express Entry profile and the lowest points scores to have been invited to apply have happened at 450 CRS points.
Of course 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
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the electricians code 7241 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunity in the ongoing construction industry, as well as mining and natural resources sectors.
As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Electrician Canada jobs are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance. Additionally Electricians in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the County.
Emigrate Canada are the Electrician Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Trades desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.
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I in zambia and would like to know if my red seal diploma in Electrical can be used in canada or be converted and what could be the process for me to get permits and the costs with stages for my eligibility to work in canada.
Hi Mukisha, its not an automatic conversion however, you are potentially part of the way there. In order for your version of Red Seal to be converted into the Canadian equivalent you will need to do what is called a Red Seal Challenge with the Red Seal authority in your chosen Province.
Hi my name is Adrian born South African, electrician by trade. I needed to know how to get my qualifications reviewed in Canada in order to go about finding work hence a work visa. I have worked abroad and have gotten international experience. For example in order for a immigrant to work in New Zealand as a sparky one would have to get their qualifications reviewed by the ewrb to obtain a limited licence which allows you to work in New Zealand. I would appreciate any source of assistance.
Good solid information for electricians migrating to Canada. Thank you. I still have lots of questions but I've taken your free assessment and look forward to talking things through in detail
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I will be finishing my Diploma in Heavy current next year with 2 years paid experience and I got Red Seal Certificate , Can it be converted to Canada Red Seal or I will have to Write exam to get there Red Seal Certificate to work as an electrician in Canada.Please reply.
Hi Atif, you'll still need to complete the Canadian Red Seal although this is via what is called a Red Seal Challenge. This way you get grandfathered into the Canadian Red Seal with only one or two extra practical modules to complete.
Its a complex process and we'll need to make sure your paperwork is 100% compliant although without reviewing it in more depth its impossible to say whether or not the Red Seal challenge will be successful.
Just want to say a huge thank you to Alex at Emigrate Canada for helping me so far in going through the process. I'm about to get the ball rolling and have been very impressed by their deep knowledge when it comes to emigrating to Canada as an Electrician. I've felt reassured and looked after and know that my Canada destiny is going to be in safe hands.
Thank you for your kind words and praise Greg.
I just like to know I have done in heavy current Electrical diploma for 2 years and Red Seal South African Certificate 3 years Aritisan experience with 1 years of paid experience. Do I have to Re write Red Seal Exam in Canada
Yes, we will need to have your electrician license converted to the Canadian Red Seal version which we can do for you.
Hello, i have a level 3 diploma in electrical
Installation 2365. Although the next step is the NVQ
Is this still acceptable?
NVQ Level 3 is the required grade for Federal Skilled Trades (Electrical).