If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Butcher you’re in luck! Butchers 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 accessing the Express Entry process but as a butcher, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Butchers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Butchers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).
This is great news for qualified Butchers the world over hoping to live and work in Canada.
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 a butcher looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Butchers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Butcher Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Butchers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 6331, might be employed under work titles including:
apprentice butcher – retail or wholesale
butcher – butcher shop
butcher – delicatessen
butcher – retail or wholesale
butcher – wholesale
grocery store butcher
head butcher – retail
head butcher – retail or wholesale
head butcher – wholesale
meat cutter – retail or wholesale
meat portion cutter – retail or wholesale
pork cutter – retail or wholesale
retail meat cutter
supermarket meat cutter
In general, butchers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Cut, trim, and otherwise prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers’ orders
Grind meats and slice cooked meats using powered grinders and slicing machines
Prepare special displays of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish
Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap prepared meats, poultry, fish and shellfish
Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements
Ensure food storage conditions are adequate
May supervise other butchers, meat cutters or fishmongers.
The national industry body for Butchers in Canada is the Canadian Professional Meat Cutters Association
The full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialised service occupations, which includes butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, is $17.54. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $640, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $33,000.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Butchers Canada desk that only represents qualified butchers 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).
In the UK, for example, we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III
From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal
We’re happy to represent Butcher 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.
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
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 Butchery skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Butcher 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 Butcher Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Butchery skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a butcher in Canada from day one.
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Butchers 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.
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 a Butcher Canada Express Entry profile.
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.
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the butcher’s code 6331 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.
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. Butcher jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Butchers 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 Trades 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.
There really has never been a better time to immigrate to Canada as a Butcher.
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