Dear Ms Powell,
I am a welder and I have my own little thing going on here in Jamaica. I know I'm no big-time professional, but I read last week where you said that there are several other categories that people could fall under. Can you tell me if as a welder I could possibly qualify to move to Canada?
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recognised that there is a shortage of certain skilled trade personnel to serve the Canadian society and so they have expanded the immigration programme to include trades persons with certain critical skills. Under the new Federal Skills Trades Program, they are looking for qualified skilled persons such as:
2. Logging machinery operators,
5. Telecommunications installation and repair workers,
6. Heavy duty equipment mechanics,
7. Industrial mechanics,
8. Elevator mechanics,
9. Crane operators.
This list is not exhaustive and a complete list is posted on my website and Facebook page.
To qualify, you would need to have a permanent job offer or arranged employment from a Canadian employer in a skilled trade; have at least one year work experience in the particular skill/ profession or be enrolled or recently graduated from a Canadian PhD programme.
The applications will be assessed based on a 100-point grid and you would need to score at least 67 points to be eligible.
Just like the Federal Skilled Worker Program, there is a limit to the number of applications that will be accepted, and there is a further limit to the particular trader and the number of welder applications that they will accept, for instance. Therefore, if you are genuinely interested, I would recommend that you consult with a lawyer to assess whether you qualify and let her guide you with the application. This programme is very competitive and so you need to ensure that you complete the application correctly and submit all the relevant documents at the same time; otherwise you could risk having your application rejected.
So chin up, Mr Welder, if you are eligible, satisfy the criminal and medical checks, you may just be in Canada soon.
Best of luck!
Deidre S. Powell is a lawyer, mediator, and notary public who is a member of the Jamaican and Ontario, Canada bars, with main office located in Ottawa, Ontario. Her areas of practice are in immigration, real estate, personal injury, family and administration of estates. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line: Immigration or Tel: 613-695-8777.