If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Roofer you’re in luck! Roofers 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 roofer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.
For starters, Roofers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Roofers 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 Roofers 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 roofer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.
Roofers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Roofer Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Roofers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7291, might be employed under work titles including:
apprentice shingle roofer
asphalt and gravel roofer
asphalt shingle roofer
built-up flat roofer
cedar shakes shingler
residential building shingler
residential steep roofer
roofer and waterproofer
tar and gravel roofer
waterproofer and roofer
wood shingle roofer
All these roles held by roofers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7291
In general, roofers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
Install, repair or replace built-up roofing systems using materials such as asphalt saturated felts and hot asphalt and gravel
Install, repair or replace single-ply roofing system using waterproof sheet materials such as modified plastics, elastomeric or other asphaltic compositions
Install, repair or replace shingles, shakes and other roofing tiles on sloped roofs of buildings
Install sheet metal flashings
Apply waterproof coatings to concrete or other masonry surfaces below or above ground level
Install and repair metal roofs using hand and power tools
Set up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs
May estimate materials required and quote costs.
Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Roofers Canada desk that only represents qualified roofers 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 Roofer 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 Roofing skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
Canada Roofer 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 Roofer Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Roofing skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a roofer in Canada from day one.
As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Roofers 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 Roofer 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 roofer’s code 7291 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. Roofer jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Roofers 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.
The Canadian Roofing Industry Body is the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association
Emigrate Canada are the Roofer 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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